School of Graduate Studies

Elevate Your Counseling Career: Specialized CMHC Certificate for Experienced Professionals

Are you a counseling professional seeking to deepen your expertise and make a profound impact on the lives of others? Look no further than our exceptional graduate certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Designed for individuals who have already earned a Master's degree in Counseling from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent), this transformative program offers post-graduate training that will propel your career to new heights.

Regardless of your academic background, whether it's in Community, Higher Education, or School Counseling, our program is tailored to your unique needs. Our admissions team carefully evaluates each applicant's qualifications to ensure they possess the necessary foundation and preparation to thrive in this specialized field. Upon acceptance, you'll be paired with a dedicated advisor who will work closely with you to craft an individualized program of study, ensuring you receive the personalized guidance and support you need to achieve your professional aspirations.

Why UW-Whitewater?

  • Hands-on, clinical experience
  • Program allows you to successfully balance both school and work
  • Affordable tuition

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is a 21-credit program. This program can be started in the spring, summer or fall terms, and at a pace that works best for you. Full-time students can finish in as little as a year.

For a comprehensive overview of the program structure and required courses, please refer to the Graduate Catalog.

State-specific Professional Licensure information for this program can be found here.

To qualify for admission to the certificate program, you must have completed a master's degree in Counseling (e.g. school counseling or community counseling) from a CACREP-accredited institution (or equivalent) and meet graduate admission criteria.

Deadlines vary by term and are subject to change without notice. Accurate and up-to-date admission deadlines can be found on the graduate admission deadlines website.

If you do not meet the graduate admission criteria, please email us to determine if you could be admitted on a contingent basis.

International students must meet additional criteria and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Contact us for information and assistance.

State-specific Professional Licensure information for this program can be found here.

Additional requirements for admission to the Clinical Mental Health certificate program:

  • Upload a cover letter expressing your interest in the program.
  • Upload a personal statement: The brief autobiography that includes information about you, your life experiences that led you to pursue a degree in professional counseling, and your career goals (what you hope to do with this degree).
  • Complete a background check through ViewPoint. Instructions can be found here
  • Complete Counseling application assessment of previous coursework taken.

All requirements can be submitted during the application process.

This program at UW-Whitewater is a superior value at $560.56 USD per credit as a resident and $1,148.55 USD per credit as a non-resident for the 2023-24 academic year. Visit the Tuition and Fees webpage for complete information.

Financial aid

Students enrolled in a graduate certificate program only are not eligible for federal aid. 

Students completing a certificate with a degree program may be eligible for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. All of these make up a “Financial Aid Package” and may be offered singly or in various combinations. Since funds are limited, priority for aid is based on financial need and how promptly applications are filed. To find out if you qualify, or if you have other financial aid questions, contact the financial aid staff person assigned to you or try or 262-472-1130.

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Like to learn more about degree options through UW-Whitewater School of Graduate Studies? There are a few ways you can get the information you need. Visit our information sessions website to select a virtual information session related to the program you are interested in. You can also fill out a request for information to connect with an advisor who can discuss your goals and help guide you to the right program to pursue your dreams.

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