The University of Providence Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program prepares students for exciting careers as professional counselors. The graduate program’s specialty is clinical mental health counseling.

The content and clinical hours of the degree program are structured to prepare students for the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE), and to provide the necessary educational courses and supervision required for licensure in the State of Montana. The NCE is accepted for licensure in all 50 states. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam (NCE) through the National Board for Certified Counselors.

The program is motivated by the mission of the Sisters of Providence to provide healing, education and service to all, with a special concern for those who are poor and vulnerable, and to make the world a more just, peaceful and loving place for all.

This mission is applied by program faculty as they use teaching, scholarship and supervision to cultivate in students the standards for ethical conduct, the integration of scholarship and practice, interpersonal openness, lifelong learning, and respect for and value of all individuals.

The program is welcoming of a diverse student body with no respect to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

Program Format

  • Six fifteen-week semesters plus two three-credit summer courses of online courses for traditional and non-traditional students
  • Three face-to-face clinical skill development courses in blocks of four days during each of the first four semesters
  • Sixty (60) credit hours of courses specific to clinical mental health counseling, including required practicum and internship experiences
  • Cohort model – students gain a sense of community and individual attention as they progress through the program with the same group of students
  • Face-to-face/Online program orientation prior to the start of the program
  • New cohorts begin in August each year


The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), granted accreditation to the Department of Counseling at University of Providence: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.) effective July 31, 2017.

The graduate program is also accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education.

Student Story

Student headshot for student quote“When I decided to pursue a graduate degree in counseling with specialty in clinical mental health, I looked at several programs throughout the state and nation. I felt that UP would provide high quality academics while offering the convenience of few face-to-face and online classes. The faculty members at UP strongly advocate for the students and work tirelessly to ensure their success. The cohort style learning allows students to enjoy an atmosphere of support while developing lasting friendships. I feel confident that my experience at UP will provide a solid foundation to be successful in my career field after I graduate.” – Kelli Smith, Alumni


MSC at a Glance
MSC Required Courses
MSC Program Handbook
MSC 2019-2020 Annual Report

Additional Program Information

Retention Rate: 90%
Average Time to Complete the Program: 3 years
Employment Settings: Community mental health settings, schools, inpatient units, intensive outpatient units, crisis counseling, and private practice.
Licensure Eligibility: License for Professional Counselors (LPC/LCPC). Requirements vary by state
NCE Passing Rates: All students who took the NCE exam immediately upon graduating during the 2017-2018 academic year passed the exam. Recent changes in the rules governing eligibility to take the licensure exam at the state level in Montana have also made it possible for students to take the exam at the end of their final year in the MSC program.
Accreditation Status: Accredited by CACREP through 2025.
Annual Fall Enrollment: 24 (new and continuing)
Predicted Job Outlook: (2014-2024) Nineteen percent (19%) increase, compared to 7% expected increase in total US jobs. The field of counseling will see over 30% growth in the next ten years. (Source: US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Dr. Jared Roberts
Dr. Sachin Jain
Dr. Sylvia Lindinger-Sternart


See Tuition and Fees page for cost details. All PSJH caregivers, benefits-eligible spouses or partners, and dependents are eligible for special tuition rates for eligible programs offered at the University of Providence.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is a federal program that forgives federal student loans for borrowers who are employed full-time (more than 30 hours per week) in an eligible federal, state or local public service job or 501(c)(3) non-profit job who make 120 eligible on-time payments. Students that graduate from the counseling program often qualify for such programs when working in community settings. You can get more information at:

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online application for admission. There is a $50 application fee for graduate programs. If you are a University of Providence or UGF alum, please contact us to inquire about an application fee waiver.
  2. Request your official transcript that shows the completion of a baccalaureate degree. Additional transcripts from other undergraduate coursework completed may be requested for admission review if a minimum 3.00 GPA was not achieved from the degree-granting university.
    Ask that transcripts be sent directly to:
    Admissions Office
    University of Providence
    1301 20th Street South
    Great Falls MT 59405
  3. Upload a personal statement to the application portal addressing the following: In one page, please explain how this degree program will benefit you personally and professionally in your current and/or future career.
  4. Upload a current resume to the application portal.


For more information, contact the Admissions Office/Argo Central: