Admission Requirements

Minimal criteria for admission into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration are as follows:

  1. 3.00 or higher undergraduate GPA (If an applicant's GPA is lower than 3.00 then Professional Counseling faculty will consider applicant's academic performance during the last 60 hours of his or her undergraduate program)

  2. Pre-requisite courses at the undergraduate level (with minimum grades of B):

    • Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSY 3020) or equivalent
    • Abnormal Psychology (PSY 3230) or equivalent

  3. A combined Verbal + Quantiative score of 900 or higher on the old (i.e., pre-2012) GRE test.  Scores should not fall below 400 on the Verbal or Quantitative sections of this test.  

    OR

    A combined Verbal + Quantiative score of 291 or higher on the updated GRE test.  Scores should not fall below 140 on the Verbal section or 146 on the Quantitative section of this test.

  4. Positive references on three recommendation forms

  5. A written essay/statement of purpose on the supplemental application form in which the applicant's reason for pursing a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling is congruent with the focus/emphasis of the program

  6. Vita that includes name, address and phone number of applicant; school applicant attended and applicant's major, minor and grade point average; honors and awards; and employment and volunteer experiences.

  7. If invited, participation in a half-day interview within the first 6 hours of coursework (invitation based on how the applicant compares to other applicants in relation to the previous six requirements). The interview is conducted by Professional Counseling faculty and a practicing mental health counselor and school counselor. Applicant must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty and counselors for program admission.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for program admission does not guarantee admission as applicants are selected on a competitive basis.


Minimal criteria for admission into the School Counseling concentration are as follows:

  1. 3.00 or higher undergraduate GPA (If an applicant's GPA is lower than 3.00 then Professional Counseling faculty will consider applicant's academic performance during the last 60 hours of his or her undergraduate program)

  2. Pre-requisite courses (must be taken prior to admission or within the first year in the program):

    • Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (PSY 3020) or equivalent

    • One of the following:

      • Survey of Exceptional Child (SPED 3210) or equivalent
      • Psychology of Exceptional Children (PSY 4250 or 5250) or equivalent
      • Exceptional Children and Youth (SPED 6800) or equivalent

    • Observation and Participation (ELED 5201; not required of applicants with a teaching license)

  3. A combined Verbal + Quantiative score of 900 or higher on the old (i.e., pre-2012) GRE test.  Scores should not fall below 400 on the Verbal or Quantitative sections of this test.  

    OR

    A combined Verbal + Quantiative score of 291 or higher on the updated GRE test.  Scores should not fall below 140 on the Verbal section or 146 on the Quantitative section of this test.

  4. Positive references on three recommendation forms

  5. A written essay/statement of purpose on the supplemental application form in which the applicant's reason for pursing a master's degree in school counseling is congruent with the focus/emphasis of the program

  6. Vita that includes name, address and phone number of applicant; school applicant attended and applicant's major, minor and grade point average; honors and awards; and employment and volunteer experiences.

  7. If invited, participation in a half-day interview within the first 6 hours of coursework (invitation based on how the applicant compares to other applicants in relation to the previous six requirements). The interview is conducted by Professional Counseling faculty and a practicing mental health counselor and school counselor. Applicant must receive a positive recommendation from the faculty and counselors for program admission.

Note: Meeting minimum requirements for program admission does not guarantee admission as applicants are selected on a competitive basis.

The areas above will all receive equal weighting, although an area of outstanding strength could help compensate for other areas of relative weakness. Likewise, an area of particular weakness, such as negative references could offset some of the stronger areas.