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Degrees Offered

New Mexico Highlands University’s counseling program offers four exciting concentrations in our master’s programs, tailored to suit your passion: clinical mental health counseling, clinical rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation counseling and school counseling.

Program at a glance

Ready to explore some options? The Department of Guidance and Counseling in the School of Education offers a master of arts program in counseling, which lets you specialize in one or more of four concentrations in addition to the core curriculum. Here’s some more in-depth information on the program.

Concentrations are listed below:

  • Clinical mental health = 60 credit hours
  • Clinical rehabilitation counseling = 60 credit hours
  • Rehabilitation counseling = 48 credit hours
  • School counseling = 60 credit hours
  • Rehabilitation counseling with vocational evaluation specialization = 54 credit hours

Online and in-person classes

Work towards your goals in a combination of learning styles. You’ll take online real-time and online asynchronous sessions through Zoom, as well as in-person on-the-ground classes. This variety of possibilities offers more accessibility to potential, current and returning students and ensures a diversity among students that cannot be matched by on-ground classes alone. In fact, we have students attending from all over the state of New Mexico and beyond.

Clinical practice

The practicum is designed to provide you with 100 hours of valuable in-field experience. Forty of these hours are in direct service with clients, giving you a hands-on education in real-life settings.

With the internship, you’ll have 600 hours of in-field experience within your chosen concentrations, and 240 hours of direct service with clients. Both the practicum and internships build counseling skills and allow practice within a theoretical framework, all while you are supervised by a working professional in the field.

These are great opportunities. Many of our students are hired at the facilities where they did their practicum and/or internships after graduation.




Counseling Graduate Requirements

Graduate course catalog: Counseling

Graduate Coordinator:
Geri Glover:
Office phone: 505-454-3396

Graduate students are assigned to a faculty adviser within their area of study. The faculty adviser will help the student complete a program of study to satisfy the specific course requirements within their area, outlined in the Graduate Catalog. The courses listed must satisfy the course requirements prescribed in the catalog of record. The academic adviser will provide guidance in completing your program of study.

Education and Counseling Department Course Catalog


  • Statement of educational goals demonstrating what motivates you to become a counselor and what you hope to contribute to the counseling profession
  • Two professional dispositions
  • Resume
  • Transcripts from all previously attended regionally accredited institutions (3.0 GPA or higher). Will consider those who do not meet the GPA requirement.


April 15th for fall

November 15th for spring and summer

Decision to follow one month after application deadline

Admit for fall, spring and summer terms

Certificate requirements

The NMHU Counseling Program has three Certificate options for applicants who have already earned a Master of Arts in Counseling and wish to pursue additional licensure or certification.

Professional Counseling Certificate (LMHC) Requirements are 18 credit hours in addition to exam. The credit hours are included in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program track. Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate (CRC, PED K-12) requires 18 credit hours in addition to experience as well as supervision. School Counseling Certificate Program (PED K-12) requires 12 credit hours and PED exam. The in-depth requirements for the certifications and additional information can be found here.

Annual Reports & Outcomes Assessment Reports
NMHU’s Counseling Program is evaluated annually through several assessment with the aim of improving and maintaining the program. These evaluations reflect students’ ability to utilize comprehensive counseling knowledge, skills and theory in their practice. Here are the Outcomes Assessment Reports for 2018-2019 and the annual report.

Important Dates

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Graduates of the NMHU Counseling program can be found in the following occupations:

  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • School or Career Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Clinical Mental Health Counselor
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Preschool and Childcare Center Director

Faculty & Staff


Faculty & Staff


The mission of the Highlands’ Counselor Education Program is to train entry-level counselors who are prepared for positions in community service agencies as mental health counselors, in school systems as school counselors, and in rehabilitation settings as rehabilitation counselors.