Applications for Fall 2024 Closed

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2024. Applications for Fall 2025 will open in the fall.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has a long-standing reputation of graduating outstanding counselors who have become leaders in the counseling profession. Members of the Seattle University counseling faculty are recognized by their peers for excellence and professionalism.

Designed for working professionals

Designed to meet the needs of working people, an average program of study is usually completed in three years. Courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings and meet weekly.

Program Benefits

CACREP accreditation

Exceptional skills training

  • Unique clinical skills sequence
  • One-year practicum/internship experience in a community mental health agency or K-12 school
  • Develop your skills by working with classmates, volunteer clients, and finally actual clients
  • Our interns and graduates are consistently commended for their skill level upon starting internship/work

Small classes and individual attention

  • Maximum class sizes are 30 for lecture-style and 12 for skills/fieldwork
  • Classes taught by faculty who are current practitioners and leaders in the field
  • Every student assigned an advisor

Social justice focus

  • Social justice and advocacy themes are integrated throughout coursework
  • Faculty conduct research on social justice, advocacy, and service learning, and hold leadership positions in social justice organizations
  • Active Seattle University Counselors for Social Justice and Chi Sigma Iota student organizations


The Counseling Program operates under a cohort model that begins in the fall term. Admitted students may choose to take some foundational courses during the summer. We no longer admit students for the winter or spring terms. 

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Show an ability to succeed academically
  • Have work experience (paid or volunteer) in human services
  • Have strong recommendations from people who know their work/people skills
  • Are a good fit with our mission
  • Will be a good addition to the classroom and a credit to Seattle U as interns and graduates
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Admissions, Completion, and Job Placement Data: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Academic Year Admission Rate Average GPA Pass Rate on CPCE** Completion Rate Job Placement Rate*
2010-11 55% 3.45 100% 75% 89%
2011-12 79% 3.39 100% 70% 75%
2012-13 39% 3.38 100% 89% 88%
2013-14 80% 3.41 100% 106% 94%
2014-15 35% 3.31 97% 85% 90%
2015-16 53% 3.19 100% 73% 93%
2016-17 38% 3.31 90% 88% 85%

*Data on job placement are not 100% accurate because not all graduates were able to be reached.
**Pass rate is for first test administration.  Pass rate on second administration was 100%. 

Counseling Students Awarded NBCC Fellowships

Seattle University Counseling students have received prestigious national fellowships through the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation (NBCCF). Their awards range from $10,000 to $20,000. Read more here.