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Counseling Degrees and Programs in Utah

Utah is home to several colleges and universities that offer counseling programs in all of the major categories: marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, rehabilitation counseling, school counseling, and substance abuse counseling. All counseling degrees in Utah are offered at the master’s or doctoral level, which is not surprising given almost all types of professional counseling careers require a graduate degree. Professional certificates are also available in some areas of counseling. One of the first steps you will likely have to take to start your counseling career in Utah is choosing a school and a counseling program in your preferred area of practice. Online and hybrid counseling programs are available at some schools in Utah, which can offer students greater flexibility in their learning experience.

Quick Facts

  • There are 5 not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities that offer a program in marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, school counseling, substance abuse counseling, and/or vocational rehabilitation counseling in Utah.1,2
  • Of the counseling schools in Utah, 0 offer an associate’s degree, 0 offer a bachelor’s degree, 2 offer a certificate, and 5 offer a master’s or advanced degree.1,2
  • 3 schools offer a degree in marriage and family therapy.1,2
  • 2 schools offer a degree in mental health counseling.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling.1,2
  • 1 school offers a degree in school counseling.1,2
  • 3 schools offer a degree in substance abuse counseling.1,2
  • 3 counseling schools ranked in Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019.3
  • No schools ranked in US News Best Student Counseling Programs 2019.4
  • 1 school ranked in US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019.5
  • Across 2 schools, 2 counseling programs are accredited by CACREP.2

Comparison of Utah Counseling Schools and Programs

In the table below, we have compiled information that will help you compare the public and not-for-profit four-year colleges and universities in Utah offering counseling programs in the five main areas: mental health counseling (MH), marriage and family therapy (MFT), vocational rehabilitation counseling (VR), school counseling (SC), and substance abuse counseling (SA). The table indicates the schools that offer programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); CACREP-accredited programs are denoted with an asterisk (*). You can also compare schools by program type offered, graduation rate, and net price per year. Learn more about Utah counseling licensure requirements by visiting our license requirements page.

School NameCACREP-
Accred
Program2
MHMFVRSCSAGrad Rate1Net Price1
Brigham Young University-ProvoYes86%$13,120
University of UtahYesYesYes70%$13,460
Utah State UniversityYesYesYes*50%$12,738
Utah Valley UniversityYesYes35%$6,760
Westminster CollegeYesYes*61%$24,371

Top-Ranked Schools with Counseling Programs in Utah

Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2019

  • Brigham Young University (#148)
  • Westminster College (#372)
  • University of Utah (#395)

US News Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs 2019

  • Utah State University (#15 tie)

Schools in Utah with Counseling Degrees

Traditional Graduate Programs

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University (BYU) is a private institution in Provo owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The school offers a two-year, 62-credit Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy that meets state educational and clinical requirements for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy (AMFT) license. The degree is offered with a Research Track that is designed for students who plan to complete a PhD after completing the MS and a Clinical Track for students who plan to enter professional practice. BYU also offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marriage and Family Therapy with tracks in Academic/Research and Clinical Administration/Private Practice. Applicants with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy can complete the PhD in approximately three years. Applicants with a master’s degree program in a counseling-related field must take additional coursework to meet state requirements for the MFT license before beginning the PhD curriculum. Both the MS and PhD degrees admit new students in the fall term.

University of Utah

The University of Utah offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and in School Counseling. The M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is available at the Salt Lake City campus and is comprised of 60 credits, including a 1,000-hour internship. Students learn how to provide counseling services to clients in mental health facilities, outpatient clinics, and community settings. The degree meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) in Utah. The 48-credit M.Ed. in School Counseling is available at the Salt Lake City and St. George campuses. The program takes two years to complete and admits new students in the summer term. The degree is designed for working professionals with fall and spring courses offered on weekday evenings and summer courses offered during the day and evening. The University of Utah also offers a Substance Use Disorder Treatment Certificate that can be designed to meet the academic requirements for the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) or the Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) credentials in Utah.

Westminster College

At Westminster College, students can complete a CACREP-accredited Master of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling. The degree takes three years to complete and has a cohort structure with classes offered on weekday mornings. In the program, students are exposed to a variety of different counseling theories and models, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, and family systems. The college also provides students with numerous practicum placement locations and opportunities for paid research jobs. Individuals in the program complete at least 1,000 hours of supervised practicum and will meet coursework requirements for the Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CMHC) credential upon graduation. Graduates of the program have found employment in mental health settings, such as hospitals, agencies, and private practice.

Online and Hybrid Programs

Utah State University

Utah State University is home to counseling degrees in rehabilitation counseling and marriage and family therapy. The CACREP-accredited Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (MRC) is available online as well as numerous campuses across the state. The degree is comprised of 52 credits and teaches students to work with clients with various disabilities. Online students complete online courses and travel to the Logan campus for three one-week residencies during the program. A 22-credit Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling is also available to individuals with a counseling-related master’s degree online or in class, with no residency requirement. The school offers an on-campus Master of Science (MS) in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy (MMFT). Students in the MS program must complete a research thesis to make up 54 total credits, while those in the MMFT program complete a culminating experience instead of a thesis, to comprise 47 total credits. While the program does not have specific prerequisite courses, students who do not have an undergraduate degree in family studies or a related subject may be required to take additional courses. Both versions of the program meet the state coursework requirements for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy license (AMFT).

Utah Valley University

Utah Valley University (UVU) offers an online Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling requiring 23 credits and an online Certificate in Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counseling requiring 32 credits. Students must first take nine credits in English, psychology, and human development before being admitted to either program. The Certificate in Substance Use Disorder Counseling includes introductory credits in substance abuse and one semester of internship. The Certificate in Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counseling builds on this coursework and includes advanced counseling skills, psychopharmacology, and an additional 150 hours of internship. Coursework from the certificate programs can be applied towards the state requirements for the Substance Use Disorder Counselor (SUDC) and Advanced Substance Use Disorder Counselor (ASUDC) credentials. UVU also offers a 54-credit Master of Arts (MA) in Marriage and Family Therapy that meets state coursework requirements for the Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT) license.

References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics College Navigator: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Accredited Programs: https://www.cacrep.org/directory/
3. Kiplinger’s Best College Values, 2019: https://www.kiplinger.com/fronts/special-report/college-rankings/index.html
4. US News & World Report Best Student Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools/student-counseling-rankings
5. US News & World Report Best Rehabilitation Counseling Programs, 2019: https://www.usnews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-health-schools/rehabilitation-counseling-rankings