M.S. in Counseling – Mental Health Counseling (Baltimore Area)


You’ve earned your bachelor’s degree but perhaps you aren’t where you want to be in your career.  Maybe you aren’t working in the mental health field yet?  Maybe you are working in mental health but you realize that you need to earn your master’s degree to take your career to the level you desire?  With over 50 years of offering high-quality Counseling, a M.S. in Counseling from McDaniel could be your solution. 

McDaniel’s M.S. in Counseling – Mental Health Counseling track is now being offered in Owings Mills.  McDaniel only accepts 18 new students per intake for the Owings Mills location so don't delay!  The next intake is for the Fall 2017 semester.


  • Convenient location with ample  parking, current technology and comfortable accommodations for working adults
  • Complete your 60 credit M.S. program in approximately 3 years without leaving your day job
  • Schedules are tailored to working adults – face-to-face courses are offered back-to-back in the same night, one night per week
  • 50% of the program can be completed online
  • The program takes an experiential and integrated approach toward learning and focuses on highly applicable content that can be directly utilized in the field

Owings Mills Location:
Maryland Public Television
11767 Owings Mills Blvd.
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Program Contact:
Cynthia Vejar

Admissions Contact:
Ms. Crystal Perry


All courses except for CED 505 and CED 511 can be completed at the Owings Mills location or online.  CED 505 and CED 511 must be completed at McDaniel’s main campus in Westminster.  Nearly 50% of the program will be completed online.  Courses offered online may vary based on instructor availability.

Semester 1
CED 520 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
CED 501 Introduction to Counseling

Semester 2
RSM 550 Introduction to Research Methodology
CED 502 Counseling Theories and Techniques

Semester 3
CED 515 Appraisal Procedures for Counseling
CED 504 Lifestyle, Career Development & Decision-Making

Semester 4 
CED 508 Group Dynamics
PSY 511 Psychology of Abnormal Behavior

Semester 5
CED 505 Diversity-Sensitive Counseling - WESTMINSTER CAMPUS
CED elective (CED 577 Applied Counseling for Alcohol and Drug Abuse recommended)

Semester 6
CED elective (CED 509 Family Counseling, recommended)
CED elective (CED 571 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, recommended)

Semester 7
CED 511 Practicum in Advanced Theories - WESTMINSTER CAMPUS
PSY 514 Human Growth and Development Over the Lifespan

Semester 8
CED 554 Field Practicum: Community Mental Health
CED elective


  • Completed application for graduate study
  • Submit the non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  • Three recent letters of recommendation from undergraduate faculty or employers
  • Students are required to set up an initial advising meeting (410-857-2501) upon receiving initial admission.
  • All prospective candidates in the Counseling program must successfully complete an in-person interview with a Counseling advisor. (Effective date July 1, 2014)

Degree Requirements

  • Minimum 3.00 G.P.A.
  • Successful completion of 60 credit hours (Beginning Fall Semester 2014)
  • Original research project (thesis) or the successful completion of a Capstone experience

Important Dates

Program Info session:  TBA

  • Recommended Application Filing for Fall 2017:  by or before July 1, 2017

Courses begin:  Fall 2017



The First Principles have long committed McDaniel College to the development of liberally educated women and men who think critically, creatively, and humanely. The philosophical outlook of graduate and professional studies is grounded in these principles.

The mission of graduate and professional studies is to prepare culturally competent professionals committed to leadership in their field. We place students in the center of a community rich in the liberal arts tradition, and we emphasize a foundation of knowledge and reflective decision-making based on current research, theory, and practice.

To accomplish this mission the graduate and professional studies program at McDaniel College prepares professionals who:

  • Are specialists in their field of study who value the balance and interdependence of current theory, research, and practice.
  • Advocate for and facilitate the personal growth and well-being of a diverse clientele.
  • Use appropriate technology, assessment, and analytical tools to solve problems and make decisions in their field.
  • Are prepared to interact, communicate, and practice in a variety of settings each with unique constraints and cultures.
  • Are committed to life-long learning and continuing their personal and professional growth.

The graduate programs leading to professional certification/licensure also adhere to the unit’s conceptual framework – to prepare knowledgeable, caring, and reflective practitioners. The framework is consistent with the First Principles and the graduate mission statement.