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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Admissions Requirements

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Admission Requirements

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Degree and Minimum GPA
  • Successful completion of a baccalaureate degree
  • Full Admission: Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
TranscriptsOfficial transcripts demonstrating successful completion of the bachelor’s degree
Official GMAT/GRE No GMAT/GRE scores required
Additional Requirements
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation

  • Completion of a state-specific acknowledgement form. This must be completed with a counseling program faculty member present. Note: This serves as a time for applicants to ask program-specific questions that can only be answered by the counselor education program faculty.

  • Response to Personal Statement form questions

  • Complete an assessment related to readiness for online education

  • Complete a video conference interview which the applicant successfully demonstrates potential for success in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

  • Be available for two, 1 week, in-person residencies at SHU

Special notes about admission:

Currently, we do not accept applicants from the following states: Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Applicants may not live in or be seeking licensure in any of these states. We will not allow applicants to waive the fact that we cannot meet licensure requirements in these states.

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International Students

International students are not able to apply for the online master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Transfer Credit

If you have taken courses in the past that are relevant to this program, you could be eligible to transfer those credits. This is subject to credit eligibility and program director approval. To find out whether or not you are eligible, you can request more information or call us at 877-791-7181.

When to Apply

Take the next step toward unlimited career potential with the online master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Sacred Heart University. Begin your degree in Fall, Spring, or Summer and complete the program in as little as two years.

Application Deadlines:

Spring 2024: 12/1/2023

Summer 2024: 3/22/2024

Fall 2024: 7/26/2024

Contact an admissions representative to get started today: 877-791-7181 or learn more about the application process.