Preparing socially responsible  
counselors for empowerment,  
advocacy, and transformation.

Preparing socially responsible
counselors for empowerment,
advocacy, and transformation.

Master's (M.A.), Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Meet the growing need for mental health counselors -- and help build healthier communities.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study or choose a flexible part-time program.
  • Flexible learning options with daytime, evening, weekend, online, and blended formats.
  • Gain extensive hands-on experience with a unique focus on socially responsible practice.

Our Master's (M.A.) in Counseling: Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares clinicians to provide culturally sensitive therapeutic services to individuals, groups, and families. With the need for clinical mental health counselors projected to grow 20 percent over the next eight years, our graduates are well positioned to empower individuals and advocate for a more just society.

Our distinctive practitioner-focused program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and designed to meet the standards of the Higher Learning Commission. With a comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing future clinicians for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and our students recently achieved an impressive 100 percent pass rate.

We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together rigorous coursework with real-world experience focused on creating positive social change—all led by experts in the field. Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, training clinicians who work to build and maintain bridges across social, economic, cultural, racial, and political systems through their practice.


Our innovative program is designed to prepare clinical mental health counselors to serve diverse populations in both the public and private sectors. They work in a range of settings, including:

  • Social service agencies
  • Behavioral health care organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Substance abuse treatment centers
  • Government agencies
  • Private practice

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures:

  • The Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois
  • The Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure elsewhere should work with their faculty advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • The National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation.

Professional Development &Training

Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler University students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Working with our network of hundreds of community partners, students develop the practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students also complete extensive field training, which provides opportunities to apply theory, hone counseling skills, and formulate treatment strategies with clients in a variety of hospitals, clinics, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies. This training consists of a 100-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship, typically at the same site.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study or through a flexible part-time program. Classes are available in traditional classroom, weekend, evening, online, and blended (partially online) settings.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.

Program Outcomes

The following are the most recent program outcomes. On a regular basis Adler surveys students, graduates, site supervisors, and employers to obtain useful information about the program.

  • 127 students (82 full-time and 45 part-time) are currently enrolled in this program.
  • There were 50 graduates from this program in the last academic year.
  • The completion rate for this program in the last academic year was 90 percent.
  • The first time pass rate on the National Counselor Exam for 2016 was 96 percent.
  • According to our latest alumni survey conducted in 2015, nearly 79 percent of respondents report being employed within a year of graduation.