Master of Science in Education - Mental Health Counseling

Master's Degree
60 Credit Hours
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Hybrid
Iowa's only hybrid mental health counseling master's program.
BVU's three-year program enhances the skills of practicing professionals who have goals of becoming effective mental health counselors. The heart of our program is the deep connections and relationships that students develop with faculty and other students in the program. With training and licensure, graduates pursue a variety of positions at mental health agencies, college campuses, or in private practice.

BVU’s Mental Health Counseling master's program prepares students to address the growing need for accessible, professional mental health services. Licensure in mental health counseling includes options for concentrations in:

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Couple and Family Counseling. 

The mental health counseling program is designed to meet the curricular requirements for Iowa professional licensure under section 31.6(2) of the Bureau of Professional Licensure of the Iowa Board of Behavioral Science standards for a content-equivalent program. 

The program is offered in a combination of online and face-to-face classes. Classes begin in July with online assignments combined with a summer residency held from Saturday through Thursday in Storm Lake. The residency requirement will be for each summer of enrollment.  Students may stay in the dorms for a small fee during this time.

Classwork throughout the rest of the terms/semester will be completed in a hybrid format with some online coursework through Canvas, combined with one class meeting in the evening each week through Zoom—virtual meetings through your computer

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Dr. Casey Baker
Program director for Master of Science in Education- Mental Health Counseling
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