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Online Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

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Positively Impact Lives with a Degree in Mental Health Counseling

Dual-Licensure Preparation

100% Online Coursework

No. 1 Ranked University in the Midwest

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  • Duration 2.5-3 Years
  • Cost per Credit $700
  • Credit Hours 60

Program Benefits

  • No GRE required
  • 700 hours of hands-on experience
  • Addictions counseling focus area

Earn a Master of Science Degree that Makes a True Difference

The MS in Mental Health Counseling offers hands-on training and a pathway to dual-licensure in mental health counseling and clinical addictions counseling. Experienced faculty present a rigorous curriculum that is aligned with national and state standards. Our coursework prepares you for licensure in Indiana. Requirements vary by state. The program focuses on evidence-based practices and features partnerships with large mental health agencies locally for practicum and internship. You’ll graduate ready to help others in just 2.5-3 years.

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Prepare for In-Demand Mental Health Careers

Upon graduating with your MS degree, you’ll be on your way to dual-licensure in mental health counseling and clinical addictions counseling. Our graduates pursue careers in a variety of settings, including private practice, clinics, schools, addictions and recovery organizations, and inpatient and outpatient hospitals.

Career Outlook

Master’s-Level Mental Health Training for Present-Day Issues

20 total courses

60 total credits

Our theory-to-practice model ensures rigorous grounding in foundational knowledge, hands-on practice, and forward-thinking approaches. Each class offers opportunities for meaningful engagement with students and faculty.

Course Highlights:

  • ED 577 Group Procedures
  • ED 630 Diversity and Similarity
  • ED 571 Career and Life Planning
  • ED 568 Neurocounseling and Psychopharmacology
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No GRE required

No prerequisite coursework

To apply to Butler’s online master’s in Mental Health Counseling, you’ll need:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • An interview

Based on the state you live in, the state requirements for licensure as a mental health counselor (or equivalent) may vary. You can find more information on our state restrictions page.

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Affordable Tuition for a High-Quality Degree

$42,000 Total Tuition

$700 Per Credit

Butler University is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition. Speak to an enrollment counselor to discover the multiple ways to finance your degree.

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What You’ll Learn

Our graduates are prepared to pursue dual-licensure in Indiana. Check requirements in your state as they may vary. Our forward-thinking curriculum meets state and national standards and ensures you’re ready to meet modern challenges with individuals and communities.

Program Outcomes

Faculty Spotlight

Chloe Moushey

Chloe Moushey, MS, LMHC, Program Director

Courses taught:

  • ED 565: Psychopathology
  • ED 677: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • ED 678: Knowledge & Skills in Practice of MHC
  • and more

Chloe Moushey, MS in Clinical Psychology and a licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), gladly serves as the program director for Butler’s online Master’s program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling since its inaugural semester in Fall 2023.

Touchstone principles for her role centers on providing collaborative support and integrating theory with practical application. Her aim is to provide an approachable yet high-achieving learning environment while fostering open dialogue and a culture of curiosity. Chloe’s approachability and expert knowledge make her an invaluable resource to her students.

“My hope for all learners in our program is to not only instill a high level of competence but also to nurture confidence and a deep commitment to inclusive, effective, and evidence-based client care.”

Expert Butler University Faculty

Our online classes are taught by experienced Mental Health and School Counselors who understand what it takes to succeed in the field. They are all experts in the subject matter, well-known nationally for their work in the field, and ready to help you on your educational journey.

Quality Online Education from a Top-Ranked University

Our online programs are designed to provide the flexibility you need along with the in-depth instruction that prepares you to positively impact communities and individuals. You’ll study with expert-level faculty with years of experience in their fields who bring their real-world understanding into the virtual classroom.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to common questions about Butler University’s online programs. For information not covered here, our expert admission team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

Yes, with careful planning, the right electives, and one additional course, you can become dual-licensed in school counseling and mental health counseling in Indiana. While this may also be possible in other states, requirements vary and additional fieldwork may be necessary. Learn more about your state’s licensure requirements by checking the school counseling state restrictions and mental health counseling state restrictions. Reach out to an admissions counselor for more information.

Currently, Butler University does not offer scholarships. Please consider the following options regarding finances:

  • Complete the FAFSA® to determine financial aid eligibility. Butler’s FAFSA® code is 001788.
  • Apply for a Sallie Mae loan

Yes, the master’s in Mental Health Counseling follows a cohort model. This allows you to build deeper relationships with peers and faculty, expanding your network, support system, and career opportunities.

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is designed for working professionals with busy lives, so if something interrupts your normal course of study, you don’t have to worry about losing the courses you’ve completed. You can take up to seven years to complete the degree, if needed. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

You’ll need a GPA of 3.0 to apply to the program. You can learn more about our admissions policy here.

Tuition is $700 per credit hour. You’ll need to complete 60 credits for a total tuition of $42,000, not including fees or other costs. You can review all tuition costs on our tuition page.

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