MS in Community Mental Health Administration

Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration

Offered By: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Become a Leader with a Master of Science in Mental Health & Wellness - Community Mental Health Administration Degree

Churches, hospitals and community-based organizations need strong leaders and administrators to develop, implement and direct impactful initiatives that make a positive difference in the community. You can learn the skills you’ll need for this career path by earning your Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration at Grand Canyon University. Learn how to communicate key information to a variety of stakeholders, inspire others by leading by example and navigate the everyday nuances of community-based mental health organizations.

Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this master’s in community mental health is designed for students who wish to integrate mental health and wellness within a leadership role. There is an emphasis on program planning and development, including budgetary issues, policies and procedures. Students learn to become effective and ethical advocates who can guide their organizations and communities toward a brighter future.

Develop Skills to Thrive in Community Mental Health Administration

GCU has paved the way for working professionals to invest in their education. This MS in community mental health administration is available online. You can take courses via our interactive learning platform, where you will connect with instructors who are experts in their field. During your studies, you will learn to polish your communication skills, explore professional ethics standards and delve into the details of organizational governance, policies and financial management. Some of the courses students will take include the following:

  • Ethics and Cultural Diversity in Mental Health and Wellness
  • Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Acquiring, Developing and Leveraging Human Capital
  • Mental Health, Wellness and Health Care Integration
  • Economics for Public Administrators

This MS in mental health and wellness with an emphasis in community mental health administration degree guides students in building a solid framework of knowledge pertaining to behavioral, mental, spiritual and cognitive health. Examine mental health disorders, treatment modalities and the dimensions of wellness. Explore the integration of body, spirit and mind, and examine the common health challenges faced by individuals with behavioral or mental health disorders. Survey the history of professional ethics, including the evolution of modern ethical codes as they pertain to legal standards and issues.

Prepare to succeed in community mental health administration by exploring how public organizations serve their stakeholders, carry out their mission, comply with regulatory powers and manage resources. Explore key competencies in human resources such as workforce diversity, talent management, employee development and motivation. Conclude your studies with the Mental Health and Wellness Capstone, which focuses on real-world, contemporary issues and careers in the mental health and wellness field.

Pursue a Future as a Community Mental Health Administrator

Graduates with a community mental health administration Master of Science degree are fully equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a meaningful career path that supports the health and wellness of their communities. When you earn this degree at GCU, you will be prepared to pursue an administrative leadership position within a community-based mental health organization, church, hospital or social services agency. Mental health and wellness, and the allied professions present opportunities to serve others in Christ’s name. This degree program does not lead to licensure.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the liberal arts. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course is an introductory course in mental health and wellness practices. The purpose of the course is to develop a basic understanding of mental health and wellness practices and wellness approaches. An overview of mental health disorders, basic overview of treatment practices, and the Dimensions of Wellness are covered.

Course Description

This course covers ethics and cultural diversity as it relates to mental health and wellness. The history of ethics is addressed, including how early ethical models evolved into modern ethical codes in the mental health and wellness professions. How ethics relates to legal standards and issues such as records and billing are addressed. Cultural diversity, sensitivity, and competence are covered.

Course Description

This course focuses on how government and public organizations serve their stakeholders, the manner in which their services are carried out, how resources are managed, and how regulatory powers are complied with and/or managed. The best practices in public governance, issues related to transparency, participation, and accountability are examined.

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to the revenue and expenditure structure of the public sector, including revenue policy, expenditure policy, and budget structure and administration.

Course Description

The effective strategic management of human capital is the differentiator of every successful organization. This course examines talent management, workforce diversity, succession planning, employee development and motivation, and performance matrix. This course addresses human resource competencies identified by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). Using the strong strategic human resource acumen provided by this course, students will be well-prepared for positions as senior human resources specialists or as general managers.

Course Description

In this course, the role of government in the economy is explored within the general context of market failure and social equity. Topics include allocation of goods and services, income distribution, externalities, public goods, and public choice theory. This course also examines the impact of macroeconomic events and policy decisions on the budgets and service levels of public entities.

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of mental health, wellness, and health care, including the integration of these three fields. The course covers common mental health disorders, treatments, and supportive services, as well as an integrated focus on the mind and the body. The course examines the health challenges often faced by individuals with behavioral or mental health disorders, and it reviews appropriate services, interventions, preventative services, and treatments to achieve and maintain health and wellness.

Course Description

This course provides a practical, real-world exploration of the mental health and wellness field. Special focus is given to careers in mental health and wellness. The common duties and tasks performed by workers in the mental health and wellness field are investigated. Concepts covered throughout the program are examined through practical application. This course is the last course in the program of study; all other course work must be completed before this course.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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