Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Florida State’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program consists of five full semesters of academic coursework, practica, and internship. Upon completing the 60 credit hour program, you will earn both a master’s (M.S.) and a specialist (Ed.S.) degree.

During the program, you will practice in a variety of settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has connections with a number of organizations. These allow you to gain hands-on experience in settings like:

  • independent practices
  • community agencies
  • managed behavioral health care organizations
  • hospitals
  • military organizations
  • hospice care
  • employee assistance programs
  • student counseling centers
  • prisons
  • substance abuse centers

Our Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Upon graduation, you will be eligible for licensure in Florida and other states as a mental health counselor.

Admission Requirements

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: 145 or above
      • Analytical: 3.5 or above
  • NOTE: The GRE admission requirements for master's and specialist programs have been waived through Fall 2022.
  • 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 Graduate Admissions:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

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.

Application Deadlines

The application deadline is December 1 (Fall admission only).


Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

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.

Counselor Education Information


The Counselor Education degree program’s mission is to provide high-quality training that reflects current research and prepare professional counselors for positions in public and private settings within a multicultural and pluralistic world. The curriculum for M.S./Ed.S. counseling majors will lead to eligibility for certification and licensure as professional counselors. Professional counselors promote the social, psychological, physical, and spiritual health of individuals, families, communities, and organizations. The Counselor Education program provides students with the opportunity to obtain a wealth of common core generalist counselor knowledge while specializing in Career Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The mission is achieved through the following objectives, which are based on input from faculty, students, alumni, supervisors, and employers:

A.    To provide quality education to persons pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.)/Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degrees in Counselor Education, while specializing in Career Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
B.    To provide M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with quality clinical training and understanding of professional issues in the areas of career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, general counseling, and case management.
C.    To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skills in providing effective individual and group counseling in a multitude of settings.
D.    To provide students with skills and knowledge in conducting needs assessment and research in the field of counseling.
E.    To prepare M.S./Ed.S.-level graduate students with knowledge and skill in effectively addressing issues and concerns related to diverse populations.
F.     To provide skill and knowledge in the application of ethical and legal principles in the practice of counseling.

The counselor education program evaluates our achievement of these efforts through the use of our Comprehensive Assessment Plan (CAP), and feedback from students, graduates, alumni (2 years post-graduation), supervisors, and employers. These reports and the CAP are available below.




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