Online MSED
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Online MSED[br] Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Make Your Passion Your Practice

St. Bonaventure University’s online Master of Science in Education Clinical Mental Health Counseling will help you channel your passion for helping people into a career. The program is specifically built to prepare you for the licensed professional counselor exam and beyond. Through engaging coursework and in-field practice, you’ll learn to support individuals, families and groups in overcoming personal challenges and accomplishing their goals.

Establish Strong Professional Foundations — Understand the essential concepts and fundamentals of counseling and apply your learning as you practice in the community.

Cultivate Your Spirit of Service — Join a like-minded network of students and faculty with compassion for people in need and the drive to make a difference. You’ll discover your worth as a counselor and the inherent dignity of your clients.

Develop Human Perspectives — Learn the specific needs of communities and populations, and gain strategies to improve their outcomes through a variety of counseling practices, including crisis counseling, addiction counseling, research methods and more.

Graduates of our online master’s in clinical mental health counseling program exemplify extraordinary goodness through the individuals they counsel and their greater community impact.


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Licensure and careers

As more people seek mental health counseling services, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the employment of mental health counselors will grow a remarkable 25 percent from 2019 to 2029. That’s more than triple the average for all occupations.

St. Bonaventure’s online clinical mental health counseling master’s degree will prepare you to change the lives of people in diverse environments.

Our accredited program provides students with an educational path that combines quality and affordability. With a focused curriculum, dedicated support from faculty and advisers, and internship placement, graduates have a 95 percent pass rate on the licensed professional counselor exam.

Develop the Skills to Help Those in Need

  • Individual and Group Counseling Competencies — Learn different approaches for prevention, intervention, and crisis intervention, and analyze and use data to improve the efficacy of your programs.
  • Cultural Competencies — Explore the issues of diversity, equity, advocacy, and opportunity, and understand the factors that influence the personal, social, and intellectual functioning of different cultures.
  • Communication — Master the vital skills of listening, socialization, boundary setting, and empathy.
  • Critical Thinking — Evaluate relevant research with a scientific mind to make assessments, diagnoses, and develop treatments.
  • The Business of Counseling — Examine the profession of counseling, learning a counselor’s role and ethical and legal responsibilities.

To speak with an enrollment advisor about how these skills can shape your career, contact us.

Graduates Work in:
  • Colleges
  • Correctional Facilities
  • Health Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Insurance Organizations
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Facilities
  • Not-for-Profits
  • Public and Private Practices
  • Residential Care Facilities
  • Scientific/Technical Facilities


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MSED Clinical Mental Health Graduate Statistics
Statistics 2020-2021
# of Graduates 23
Completion Rate 77%
Licensure/Certification Examination Pass Rate 95%
Job Placement Rate 100%
Tori Tomlin Headshot
The coursework in my program is very updated and pertains to changes in the world in the future, which I find very important since that is the world that I will be working in. I would recommend St. Bonaventure University to someone who is considering this program because the level of support and the quality of education is unmatched compared to other universities offering competing programs.

- Tori Tomlin
CoHo Brewing Company
Assistant Brewer

Japriest Quentez Jerry Headshot
The coursework is presented in such a clear way, that it was not hard to stay on top of my work. The faculty are so supportive and are always there to help and answer any questions that we may have. I know graduate students can get easily worried about things, and the faculty did a great job of maintaining equilibrium among the students.

- Japriest Quentez Jerry
Lakeside Behavioral Health System
Mental Health Technician

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The classes and materials used are phenomenal. I have learned so much about counseling and have gained hands-on experience conducting counseling. Specifically, group, theories, and career counseling afforded these experiences and they really helped. The group course was literally life-changing for me. I was wowed at the end of the course and have never experienced this before. There is also support when needed and help with navigating classes etc.

- Joseline Rodriguez
CancerCare Inc.
Co-Payment Specialist Certified Patient Navigator

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Not only is St. Bonaventure ranked highly by US News and World Report, but the student success data for the counseling education program are some of the most impressive I noted during my school search. Only having to take one class at a time is ingenious; there are no knowledge deficits going into courses, so I rarely have to double back and connect the dots between concepts. It also saves a ton of anxiety knowing that SBU will assist me with my practicum and internship placements-no other universities I considered do that.

- Justin Coffey
NAMI Greater Houston

laura klain
St. Bonaventure has given me ample opportunity to form a community with my professors and peers. If I have a question, I have a network of people whom I can reach out to and whom I trust. The professors are top-notch, and I receive all of the individualized attention that I could ever want from a program, despite it being online.

- Laura Klain
Certified Life Coach
Bud to Blossom Life Design

cassandra harris towner
I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the amount of interaction and support I’ve received from the faculty and staff. My student success coach is always supportive, knowledgeable and timely while clearly enjoying what she does, and the faculty truly help to build a sense of community and connectivity.

- Cassandra Harris-Towner
Elementary Art Teacher

Frank Yarbrough Headshot
I have learned so many great counseling skills at St. Bonaventure and so far, I have been able to apply most of what I am learning in my job as a psychosocial rehabilitation skills trainer. I can apply my skills in listening, counseling with an understanding of theories, and I have a better understanding of many mental disorders. I have been excelling at my job because of these skills and I am thankful to have this knowledge.

- Frank Yarbrough
Cayuga Centers
PSR Skills Trainer

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SBU has a great reputation as an institution and the online counseling program offered me the opportunity to work while taking classes. The tuition was also very reasonable. The faculty are knowledgeable and take the time to help the students out. It's a great program with a lot of support. The coursework is also excellent, and I feel that I'm gaining a lot of real-world experience.

- Andrew Austin
St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Academy
Lead Teacher

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I literally became a therapist in a private practice because of this program. I learned the skills in my internship and techniques class but really applied everything in the last year. I have become Level 2 Trained in Gottman Couples Therapy and also became a Certified Trauma Professional while I was attending SBU.

- Bernie Crowl
Bryant Park Therapy
Psychotherapist LP

CE 500. Research Methods

This course helps educators and counselors exercise and expand their critical thinking skills by critique and generation of research projects or publications. The course aims to make teaching and counseling work easier and more effective by developing skills to solve research problems. Candidates will recognize the characteristics of well-designed research and be able to identify what methodologies for data collection and analysis may be used given the research question, as well as write acceptably formatted research papers.

CE 510. Introduction to the Profession of Counseling

This course is designed to acquaint students with the field of counseling. This is the introductory graduate course in counseling in which a general overview and survey of the profession are provided. Roles and responsibilities of counselors across a variety of settings are examined. Professional ethical and legal issues are explored. Fall, Spring

CE 511. Advanced Human Growth and Development

The course addresses development and cognitive processes governing learning from conception to death. Normative, non-normative and historical effects within childhood, adolescence, adulthood and later life are presented. Formal developmental and learning theory is emphasized in conjunction with practical interpretation and application. The course provides an orientation and background for sound educational practices.

CE 530. Theories and Techniques of Counseling

The course acquaints the student with the basic knowledge base and skills required for the practice of counseling. Classroom work will focus on the development of specific counseling skills. Students will use role play, audio and videotapes to facilitate the learning process. Additionally, students will explore counseling theory and research.

CE 540. Abnormal Psychology

To acquaint the beginning graduate student with the field of abnormal psychology with an emphasis on the definitions and distinctions between the various abnormal disorders, an introduction to the current research in the field, a discussion of the numerous continual controversial issues and a review of the data-based treatment approaches. In addition, this course will assist the graduate student to understand the nature, needs, and problems of individuals at all developmental levels over the life span and to understand the nature, needs, and problems of a multicultural and diverse society.

CE 625A. Internship 1: CMH Counseling

To provide the student with the opportunity to work within the field as a counseling intern. Primary supervision of the intern will be conducted by the counselor on site. Students will work in an agency setting. A total of 300 clock hours are required of all students.

662 Residency 1: Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide beginning opportunities for students to explore special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will also allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling skill development. Additionally, students will be given opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.

663 Residency 2: Advanced Professional Practice of Counseling

This residency course will provide advanced opportunities to build upon special topics regarding their tracks of study of mental health and school counseling. It will continue to allow students to lead experiential activities within the areas of individual and group counseling, through role play and simulation. Students will be given further opportunities to consult with faculty to receive direction, feedback, and supervision. There will be modules, lessons, and assignments before and after this four-day, in-person residency.