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  • Mental Health Counseling - Combined MS/EdS

    Florida State’s Mental Health Counseling program is a 69-credit hour program that consists of five full semesters of academic coursework, practica, and internship. You will practice in a variety of settings, including independent practice, community agencies, managed behavioral health care organizations, hospitals, the military, hospice care, employee assistance programs, student counseling centers, prisons, and substance abuse centers. The program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and you will be eligible for licensure in Florida and other states as mental health counselors upon graduation.

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    In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    Target Scores:

    Verbal: 150+

    Quantitative: 150+

    Analytical: 3.5+

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    For this program, the following supporting documents must be to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Personal Statement (1 required) The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)
    • Unofficial Transcripts Include transcripts from all colleges attended. Uploading a copy will expedite the review process, though you must still send official copies to the Office of Admissions.

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    The application deadline is January 15 (Fall admission only).

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    Curriculum and Sequencing of Courses – Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    Fall 1 Courses Hours
    MHS 5400 Introduction to Counseling Theories and Techniques 4
    MHS 5060 Psychosocial and Multicultural Aspects of Counseling 3
    MHS 5007 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 3
    MHS 6450 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling 3
    Total   13
    Spring 1 Courses Hours
    CLP 6169 Adult Development and Psychopathology 3
    RCS 5250 Assessment in Counseling and Rehabilitation 3
    MHS 5511 Group Counseling 3
    MHS 6938 Trauma and Crisis Counseling 3
      Elective (can be taken here or in Summer 1) 3
    Total   12-15

    An elective can be taken this semester or Summer 1.

    Summer 1 Courses Hours
    MHS 6600 Consultation and Organizational Development 3
    MHS 5801 Practicum in Counseling 4
    RCS 5080 Medical Aspects of Disability 3
    Total 10
    Fall 2 Courses Hours
    SDS 5820 Internship 6
    MHS 5340 Foundations of Career Development 4
    SOW 5153 Human Sexuality 3
    MHS 6938 Family Counseling 3
    Total   16
    Spring 2 Courses Hours
    SDS 5820 Mental Health Counseling Internship 6
    PCO 5095 Computer Applic. in Counseling Psy. & Other Human Services 3
    EDF 5481 Methods of Educational Research 3
    DEP 5056 Life Span Development 3
    Total   15
      TOTAL HOURS 69

    1000 hours for internship can include practicum, field experience, and internship hours. 400 hours of the internship must involve direct client contact. Students must submit supervision logs for practicum, internship, and field experience.

    MHS 5080 Medical & Psychosocial Aspects of Disability may be used to meet this requirement.

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    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the job outlook for mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is expected to grow 37 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than average. This expected growth will see as many as 58,500 new jobs in the field. On average, mental health counselors make $39,710 annually.

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