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Prepare to serve as a professional counselor in a variety of community mental health settings with the MEd in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling).

This two-year, full-time, cohort-based program covers a broad range of topics for working with many different populations. Our coursework will help you develop effective counseling skills and gain broad-based expertise to serve in settings such as community mental health agencies, hospitals, juvenile justice settings, outdoor therapeutic programs, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and private practice.

Program Highlights

  1. Department is consistently ranked in the top three in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  2. Emphasis on social justice
  3. Cohort model of training

Deadline to Apply

December 1

Accreditation Information

The master's program in Mental Health Counseling is currently pursuing accreditation through MPCAC (Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council). Students who complete the master's program will be considered to be graduates of an accredited program as the University of Georgia is regionally accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). Graduates of the program will be eligible for Georgia licensure.

Faculty and Curriculum

The MEd in Professional Counseling will prepare you for the practice of individual, couple, family, and group counseling. Our program places special emphasis on working with diverse, underserved, and oppressed populations and developing strategies to address social justice issues. We provide the coursework necessary for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) in Georgia.

During your time in the MEd program, you may choose a concentration for your studies. Options include:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Juvenile offender counseling
  • Women's studies

To receive your master's degree, you will take a minimum of 60 semester hours of academic credit. Your coursework includes:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Individual appraisal
  • Career development
  • Foundations of mental health counseling
  • Counseling theories and practice
  • Multicultural counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Individual counseling practicum
  • Psychodiagnosis
  • Internship in mental health counseling
  • Drug and alcohol therapy
  • Research methods
  • Seminars covering topics such as spirituality, sexuality and trauma

You may also take elective courses within the departments of psychology, social work, or child and family development.

In addition to classes, you will take a series of practica and internships. These experiences will help you develop your clinical skills in practice under the close supervision of faculty and on-site counselors. Our program will assign your practicum/internship based upon your clinical interests, needs, and availability.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Meet Your Advisor

Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Student Life

Our faculty and staff support you in your initial job search and doctoral program placement and can serve as a resource throughout your career.

As an active member of our Mental Health Counseling Student Association (CCSA), you will have an opportunity for personal growth, community service, professional development, and peer support.

Though it is not a requirement of the program, you can become involved in many different research projects outside of the classroom through our department and with individual faculty.


Part 1: Apply to the University of Georgia

The Graduate School handles admission for all graduate programs at the University of Georgia, including those in the College of Education. The Graduate School website contains important details about the application process, orientation, and many other useful links to guide you through the process of attending UGA at the graduate level.

Start a Graduate School Application

Part 2: Apply to the MEd in Professional Counseling (Mental Health Counseling)

To apply, submit the following:

  • Graduate School application
  • Send GRE scores to Graduate Admissions via ETS; ETS code for UGA is 5813. No departmental code is required. (MAT scores will also be accepted.)
  • [TOEFL or IELTS]( /international-application-information/international-supplement/english- language-proficiency-requirement/) Applicants from non-English speaking country only
  • Official transcripts Native language and English for international applicants
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • 3 letters of recommendation

Returning Applicants

Completed application due:
December 1

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