Start on Your Path to Becoming a Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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Sharpen the skills you’ll need to earn your licensure

At UB, our comprehensive master’s in Counseling graduate program is designed to prepare you for success on the NCE Exam.

Transform your compassion into a rewarding career

tart your journey to becoming an empathetic and skilled mental health professional

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Gain hands-on clinical experience through an internship

In the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s program, you’ll complete a full year of field experience, including your practicum and two internships in various clinical settings.

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You have what it takes to become a trusted mental healthcare provider

When you earn your master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at University of Bridgeport, you’ll start on the path toward becoming an empathetic and skilled mental health professional. Our program emphasizes self-discovery, providing you with the self-awareness you need to administer effective counseling interventions to others. We combine traditional classroom learning with hands-on clinical training, so you’ll have the opportunity to navigate real-world challenges under the supervision of licensed professionals in the field. When you graduate from UB’s Master’s in Counseling program, you’ll be well-versed in history, theory, and industry best practices — so you can make a meaningful impact in the dynamic field of mental health.

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We’ll help you grow personally and professionally

UB’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is dedicated to fostering your growth as a counselor and an individual. Our trauma-informed program is meticulously designed to inspire personal growth, enhance your professional knowledge, and refine your counseling abilities. You’ll explore your values, coping strategies, and boundaries to provide more comprehensive client care. Then, through hands-on clinical experiences, including a 100-hour practicum and two 300-hour internships, you’ll immerse yourself in real-world mental healthcare settings, giving you the unique opportunity to apply your skills.

Please note that, to gain licensure, you’ll need 3000 hours of fieldwork experience. After completing your program of studies, you will be responsible for completing the additional clinical hours necessary to earn legal certification.

Credits required and time to completion

  • 60 credits
  • Program can be completed in as little as 2 years. Part-time tracks are also available.

Coursework includes

Course code Course name
COUN 512 Counseling Theories
COUN 515 Clinical Skills for Mental Health Counseling
COUN 535 Principles of Applied Research
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If I were to put my experience with the Counseling program at UB into one or two sentences, I would say that it was great learning from expert faculty who truly cared about my growth as an individual and as a counselor. In short, it was a great experience.


Invest in yourself

Paying for graduate school doesn’t have to be stressful. There are a variety of federal, state, and private financial aid programs available, including grants, scholarships, and student loans. The Office of Financial Services is ready to connect with you and guide you toward achieving your goal of a college education.

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