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  • Completed online application form
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the program. Please contact the program director for more information.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The transcript must show at least 6 credits in psychology or other human behavior coursework.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study
  • One written essay explaining your motivations to become a counselor.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are not related to you, friends, or personal acquaintances. These letters must come from former professors and supervisors who know you as an employee or an intern.
  • All international applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language competence via the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) examination. TOEFL results may be substituted instead of taking the DRP. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Once your application is completed, you will be contacted by program faculty. An interview with faculty using American Sign Language (ASL) is the final step in applying for the program.
  • Accepted students must achieve an ASLPI score of 2 or above to engage in field placement. Fluency in ASL is essential for applicants.
  • Students are expected to have engaged in their own personal counseling, either in the past or while they are in the program.
  • Applicants who have no experience in the mental health field are encouraged to volunteer at a mental health agency to gain early experience. Volunteering in roles which are both clinical and non-clinical are of value for applicants.
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M.A. in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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