Prepare for a career as a mental health professional.

Help children, teens, adults, and families manage and overcome challenges that impact emotions, behavior, and relationships. Whether you dream of becoming a school counselor or working in a clinical mental health setting, the theoretical, hands-on, and clinical training you will receive at Marian University will help you reach your career goals.

In your classes and training experiences, you will learn how to think about psychology, counseling, and science while employing a social justice framework. You will consider issues of power, privilege, and systematic and institutional influences on behavior and health and learn appropriate interventions with your clients.

When you complete this degree, you'll have the tools to conduct evidence-based assessments, individual and group psychotherapy, and consultation/evaluation.

Our master's in counseling programs offer two tracks.

Both tracks are full-time, two-year programs delivered on campus. Part-time students may be considered in some circumstances.


Marian's clinical mental health counseling degree is designed for students who want a broader curriculum in applied psychology with a goal of conducting evidence-based assessment and treatment of people with mental illness and related problems.

Courses in this 60-credit program will give you the knowledge and tools to conduct clinical interventions with diverse groups of clients of all ages. You will explore methods, techniques, and best practices for helping clients cope more effectively with psychiatric diagnoses and other psychosocial stressors. In addition, you'll complete 1,000 hours of supervised practicum/internship experiences.

Upon graduation, you'll be ready to apply for Licensed Mental health Counselor (LMHC) credentials in Indiana. As a LMHC, you can:

  • Assess and diagnose clients with a wide range of mental illness.
    Implement an array of evidence-based treatment modalities to guide clients to improved psychosocial wellness.
  • Know when and how to help clients obtain resources and services for improved quality of life, identify signs of abuse, and recognize those at risk for harming themselves or others.
  • Establish a professional identity as a scientist-practitioner.


Licensed school counselors work with children and teens in public and private K-12 school settings. They help elementary and secondary students build required skills for academic and social success.

School counselors meet with students individually for one-on-one sessions. They lead group sessions for students experiencing similar challenges or barriers to success. They also create and deliver special programs or curriculum about topics that can impact all youth, like abuse, divorce, bullying, drugs and alcohol, suicide, and family issues.

Our 48-credit curriculum includes a range of required courses on relevant topics identified in the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) core competencies. It also includes 700 hours of supervised practicum/internship experience. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to:

  • Pursue initial K-12 school counseling licensure through the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Successfully complete Indiana's CORE Assessments for Educators.
  • Apply Indiana's Rules for Educator Preparation and Accountability (REPA) standards.

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Reputation and accreditation matter!

Most Innovative 2022 logoMarian University is ranked #2 Most Innovative School among Midwest Regional Universities for 2022, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Additionally, Marian jumped one spot to #27 (out of 157) for Best Midwest Regional Universities.

You want a university with a great reputation, and one with a long and respected history. Marian University was founded in 1851 and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need an undergraduate degree in psychology?

  • What if my GPA is below the 3.0 minimum?

  • Do you require the GRE?

  • Is there any program funding available?

  • When are classes?

  • Are all classes on campus? Are there any online classes?

  • Is it possible to work while in the program?

  • What types of settings will I be training in?

  • How do I find sites?

  • What about licensure?

Contact an advisor at or (317) 955-6400 to speak with an advisor.