Southern Arkansas University

Masters in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling
at Southern Arkansas University
An SAU Masters is among the most affordable in the nation.

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Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas who chose to live in university housing or reside in a bordering Texas county or Louisiana parish.

About Clinical and Mental Health Counseling

Master of Science in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling

Professional Education Core Courses (3 credit hours)

  • COUN 6083 Research and Program Evaluation

Counseling Core Courses (57 credit hours)

  • COUN 6403 Introduction to the Counseling Profession
  • COUN 6413 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling
  • COUN 6423 Counseling Theories
  • COUN 6433 Basic Counseling Skills
  • COUN 6443 Group Counseling
  • COUN 6453 Human Development for Helping Professionals
  • COUN 6463 Career Counseling: Theory and Practice
  • COUN 6473 Counseling in a Diverse Society
  • COUN 6483 Assessment Procedures for Counselors
  • COUN 6493 Practicum in Counseling
  • COUN 6503 Case Management & DSM
  • COUN 6513 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship I
  • COUN 6523 Clinical Mental Health Counseling Internship II
  • COUN 6533 Advanced Counseling Skills and Techniques
  • COUN 6543 Substance Abuse Counseling: Theory and Practice
  • COUN 6553 Marriage and Family Counseling: Theory and Practice
  • COUN 6563 Human Sexuality: Concepts, Theory and Practice
  • COUN 6573 Psychopharmacology and the Counseling Profession
  • COUN 6583 Counseling Children and Adolescents

Each candidate for the master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling will be required to complete the 60 semester hours listed in the catalog. The Board of Examiners in Counseling accepts only grades of A or B in these courses.


College of Education

Hours Required: 60
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 3.5 – 4 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer

The purpose of the program is to provide (a) graduate-level training for individuals seeking employment by community mental health centers, the Arkansas State Department of Human Services, and other community agencies; (b) electives and enrichment for other master’s degree programs; and (c) courses of interest to persons holding a baccalaureate degree.

The master’s degree in clinical and mental health counseling is designed to provide students with training in both clinical and developmental counseling. It also meets Arkansas licensure requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. Candidates for this degree will be required to develop skills necessary to provide personal and group counseling for clients in mental health, community agencies, private practice, and business and industry settings.

A student’s plan of study is designed to meet licensure requirements according to Arkansas law.  Southern Arkansas University is not responsible for courses required for licensure if the state changes requirements after the student’s program is approved. Earning a master’s degree from Southern Arkansas University does not mean that the degree recipient will receive a license.


Learning Goals

  1. Our graduates can communicate effectively.
  2. Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
  3. Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
  4. Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
  5. Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and the necessary skills to be successful.

Program Contact

Dr. Euchay Horsman


About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

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