Center for Psychological Studies

Mental Health Counseling

M.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Program Description

The Master's Degree Program in Mental Health Counseling is designed for the continued professional development of those who currently serve, or will serve, their community in various counseling capacities. Master's degree training is based on a model that emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration, prevention of dysfunction, and direct service. The field of mental health counseling, which has grown over the past decade, has professionals placed in mental health settings, business and industry, substance abuse clinics, hospices, hospitals, educational settings, and private practice. The coursework provides broad-based training designed to equip people with the competencies necessary to confront a wide variety of contemporary challenges. These include substance abuse, family violence, divorce, aging, and general emotional problems. The Master of Science in mental health counseling degree program requires 60 semester hours of graduate credit including 9 semester hours of counseling practicum/internship and completion of a comprehensive examination.

Program Formats
Main Campus

The master's program is offered on the beautiful 314-acre campus main campus in Ft. Lauderdale, the home base of the university.

A full schedule of courses is offered for the full-time or part-time student. Classes each semester are from 4-7 pm and 7-10 pm and some classes are offered in a weekend format. Students obtain clinical experience in the practicum/internship, which is scheduled over 3 continuous semesters (schedule varies). 

Master’s students are provided NSU computer accounts including email and Blackboard, but must obtain their own Internet service providers, use their own computer systems and have a usable web camera. Online students use the web to access course materials, announcements, email, distance library services, subscription library databases, and other information, and for interaction with faculty and fellow students. Online, interactive learning methods are based on the use of Blackboard as a course management system. Online activities facilitate frequent student-to-faculty and student-to-student interaction. They are supported by threaded discussion boards, white boards, chat rooms, email, and multimedia presentations. In addition, Blackboard enables students to submit assignments online in multimedia formats and to receive their professors’ reviews of assignments online in the same formats.

Regional Campuses

The masters program is also offered at Nova Southeastern's Regional Campuses in MiamiOrlandoTampa, Jacksonville and Palm Beach.

The master's program is offered in an accessible weekend format at NSU’s Regional Campuses around the state of Florida. NSU has been a leader in training students in this format for over 20 years. BlackBoard technology will be utilized to enhance face to face instruction.

Classes are scheduled on weekends, approximately once per month. Practicum/Internship is scheduled over 3 continuous semesters (schedule varies).

The master’s program is offered entirely online.  The online format allows for students to participate in courses from anywhere in the world where internet access is available. In addition, it allows for the flexibility of completing your master’s degree without interrupting your career.

The program offers concentrations in mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, substance abuse counseling and education, or behavior analysis. In this format, regular courses are offered online, with the exception of practicum/internship that requires supervised clinical experience in an approved agency.

An annual professional development institute is scheduled each year on the main campus in Ft. Lauderdale


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