IUPUC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association. The MA in mental health counseling curriculum is consistent with accreditation body guidelines for the profession of counseling and meets the criteria for preparing graduates for licensure as a mental health counselor in the State of Indiana.



As a graduate of the Indiana University Master of Arts (MA) in Mental Health Counseling program at IUPUC, you will be prepared for and eligible to meet Indiana’s requirements as a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).

You must complete post-graduate supervised counseling experience with a licensed mental health professional and earning a passing score on the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE) to qualify for the LMHC credential.

If you are interested in becoming a licensed professional counselor in other states, contact those state boards and review their requirements to determine how IUPUC's MHC program curriculum aligns with those requirements.

Licensure Criteria

In general, LMHC criteria for Indiana include the following.

  • A master's degree that includes at least 60 credit hours of graduate courses in counseling from an accredited institution
  • A 1,000-hour clinical practicum comprised of:
    1. A 600-hour internship
    2. A 300-hour advanced internship
    3. At least 100 hours of direct clinical supervision
    4. A 100-hour practicum
  • At least 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised clinical experience over a period of two (2) years; must include at least 100 hours of direct supervision from a licensed mental health professional.
  • A passing score on the NCMHCE.
  • No criminal conviction that has a direct bearing on your ability to practice.

If you plan to pursue licensure in other states, contact those state boards for requirements.

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Phone: 812.348.7311

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