May 30, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Mental Health Counseling Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Many states, including South Dakota, have moved or are moving to a required 60 hours of training for mental health counseling licensure. This 100% online certificate program may provide the additional coursework required to obtain the 60-credit hour licensure requirements. The courses for this certificate will be provided by a CACREP approved counseling program at USD and provide training in clinical supervision, co-occurring disorder counseling, psychopathology and psychopharmacology. *Applicants are encouraged to contact their state professional counseling licensing board to confirm that the courses offered in the Clinical Mental Health Certificate program will help to achieve their licensing goals. Learn more at


General Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Statement of purpose
  6. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. This list is not all-inclusive, to view specific program requirements and submission deadlines, follow the “Admissions Information” hyperlink at the top of this page OR visit the specific program/dept. page found here:

State Authorization- It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage. 

State Authorization


Division of Counseling and Psychology in Education
605-658-6623 | |

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 |  |