Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Become a professional counselor in Portland or Salem


A master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from George Fox will prepare you to work with clients of all ages, either individually or in group counseling. You will be able to work in a variety of settings, such as private, institutional, community, faith-based, and cross-cultural. More specifically, you can work in private practice (group or individual), for-profit and non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, etc.

Our programs are rooted in the beliefs that:

  • People are spiritual-psychological-physical-relational beings
  • Counselors need to be able to understand and articulate clients' presenting problems and provide treatment from sound psychological principles
  • Counselors need to possess the skills of a generalist and be equipped to work with a variety of clients of diverse backgrounds and varied developmental stages and needs

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, our students are learning 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.

»  Learn more about counseling licensure

Program Advantages

  • Accredited by CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs)
  • Can be completed in two, three, or four years (view curriculum sequence by program length and start date)
  • Flexible schedules (day, evening and weekend classes) for working adults
  • Convenient locations at our Portland Center (near Tigard) and Salem Site
  • An environment that encourages the integration of faith and learning
  • Full-time, accessible, widely-trained faculty
  • Courses taught from a systemic perspective
  • Opportunities to interact with students who are pursuing other mental health professions

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 co-author 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.

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Program length 2 to 4 years
Semester hours 60
Cost per semester hour $734*
Tuition cost for entire program $44,040*
Accreditation CACREP; approved by Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists
Format In-person
Location Portland Center (near Tigard) or Salem Site

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

CACREP Accredited

Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP)