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Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Application Process

Our approach to the admissions process is holistic; we consider all that each applicant has to offer, rather than making decisions based on any single factor. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis beginning in mid-January. Applications are considered complete when the online application has been completed and submitted, and all required supporting documentation has been received. Students are encouraged to submit all required items in a timely manner as enrollment will be limited. The program follows a cohort model, with classes beginning in the fall semester.

The admissions application deadline for admission is July 15, 2021. Applications received after this date will be reviewed subject to space availability in the program.


In addition to the completed application, admissions requirements include the following:

  • Official college transcript showing completion of a Bachelor’s degree*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Essay (see below)

*Students who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application or acceptance must submit a final official college transcript showing proof of graduation before permitted to register for graduate courses.

Students admitted to the program have typically obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least five undergraduate courses in Psychology or a related field with an earned grade of “C” or better. Preference is given to students who have taken:

  • General (Introductory) Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods and/or Experimental Psychology
  • Statistics

Personal Statement Requirements

As part of the application process, applicants must compose a typed response to each of the following three essay questions.  Each essay should comprehensively address the topic and is limited to no more than 500 words.

  1. People entering the mental health field often consider obtaining a degree in mental health counseling, social work or psychology. Where do you see yourself working upon graduation? Why do you feel that a master’s degree in mental health counseling, as opposed to a degree in a similar field (e.g., social work, psychology), is most appropriate to attain that goal?
  2. Describe a time when you achieved a long-term goal that required you to overcome obstacles and challenges. In what ways did this experience contribute to your personal and/or professional development? What skills and resources did you utilize to achieve your goal?
  3. The life of a graduate student in mental health counseling can be very stressful, requiring the student to manage rigorous coursework and clinical training, while also maintaining responsibilities related to a job, family, friends and oneself. Describe how you plan to balance the personal, professional and academic demands on you as a graduate student to assure your success in the program.


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