Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

At a Glance

2-4 Years Program length
60 Semester credit hours
$802 Cost per semester credit hour

Tuition cost for entire program



CACREP; approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists

* All stated financial information is subject to change. Financial aid available.

Transform Lives as a professional counselor

Interested in a counseling career with the greatest flexibility? Our master’s program in clinical mental health counseling will prepare you to serve groups and individuals of all ages in private practice, at for-profit and nonprofit organizations, and in hospitals and schools.

We offer day, evening and weekend courses in a variety of formats:

  • Our Online Synchronous Track includes live Zoom classes plus a few courses you can complete on your own schedule. In your first year, you’ll join us in person at our Portland campus as part of the two- day intensive Fall Residency experience. You'll also have the option of taking classes in person each term as space permits. 
  • In our In-Person Synchronous Track, you’ll attend most of your classes (and the first-year Fall Residency experience) at our Portland campus. You can enroll in Online Synchronous Track courses each term as space permits, and you’ll have access to classes that you can take via Zoom or complete on your own schedule.

Note: You’ll apply to one of these tracks during the admissions process. 


Program Philosophy

Our programs are rooted in the beliefs that:

Spiritual Integration

Because of George Fox University’s identity as a Christian university, the programs in the Graduate School of Counseling are grounded in and shaped by our commitment to an integrated understanding of the Christian faith and mental health that embraces diversity and promotes justice.

Our approach to spiritual integration does not specifically prepare graduates to be Christian counselors or work at faith-based organizations.

All together, we believe it’s our duty to prepare our students to know how to integrate the worldview of any person they work with, whether or not they share the same spiritual perspectives.

Learn more about spiritual integration


This program is designed to prepare students to sit for the national licensure exam to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon. Our master's degree in marriage, couple and family counseling prepares students for both LPC and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) licensure.

Learn more about counseling licensure

Employment Outlook

Job prospects in the field are promising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for substance abuse, behavioral disorder, and mental health counselors is expected to increase 25% in the U.S. between 2019 and 2029, a rate much faster than the average profession.

Learn more about the salary and employment outlook for mental health counselors

Program Advantages

Curriculum Plan

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Marti Diaz-Domm (M.A. '20)

The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center

There are many layers to someone who is gay and who is also a person of color. I wanted to help others who faced similar challenges. When I interviewed with the graduate counseling admissions team, I was told I would be very welcomed if I chose George Fox. Something inside me said George Fox was the school for me, and it was the best decision I have ever made. Students and professors alike made sure my voice was heard in every class. I never felt rejected. I felt like people wanted to learn and I wanted to learn from them. They saw me. I felt known.

Having a space where everyone – Black, white, gay, straight, everyone, Christian and non-Christian – can feel welcome, all those things are interwebbed now. All that knowledge, I am very proud to say, came from George Fox University and the amazing professors there.


Play Therapy and Trauma Courses

George Fox counseling students have the opportunity to take introductory play therapy courses through the Northwest Center for Play Therapy Studies. The center is directed by Dr. Daniel Sweeney, past president of the Association for Play Therapy and both author and coauthor of several books on play therapy and child therapy.

The center hosts graduate courses in filial therapy, sandtray therapy and special topics courses, as well as biannual conferences offering workshops that attract presenters and participants from across the nation.

The Trauma Response Institute (TRI), directed by Dr. Anna Berardi, offers individual specialization classes in trauma response and a full 12-credit certificate program.

Learn more about our specialized training centers


Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs

Other Careers in Behavioral Health

Not sure if counseling is right for you? George Fox also offers degrees in social work and psychology. Check out our other offerings on our Careers in Helping Professions page.

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