M.A/ED.S in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

Successful candidates for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must demonstrate a readiness to succeed in graduate level training to become a helping professional, an openness to feedback, emotional maturity, and the ability to relate to diverse groups of people. The initial screening is based on a comprehensive and integrated review of all the material that the applicants have submitted.

The application deadline for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is December 31. The specific criteria for admission include the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree: Transcripts for all coursework must be submitted with the application and should demonstrate readiness to succeed in graduate level coursework.
  • General area Graduate Record Examination scores
  • Resume: Candidates should submit a resume detailing their counseling-related training, work experiences, and scholarship.
  • Three letters of recommendation: Three individuals must complete and submit reference forms. These individuals should be able to discuss your potential for succeeding in an experientially-based counseling graduate program.
  • Completed application form
  • Personal statement: The personal statement should be at least 1,000 words describing yourself. Go beyond the grades, honors, and work record that you have already provided on the application form. Instead, share with us the personal qualities and life experiences that form your character. Tell us about the challenges you have faced, the dreams that you are pursuing, and the discoveries you have made. What would you contribute to our learning community? In what way have you felt called to become a counselor?
  • Interview with faculty and students
  • International candidates for whom English is not their primary language must submit official test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 550 on the written tests and 220 on the computer-based test. Applicants must have taken these tests within the past two years.

The application must be complete in order for you to be considered for the program. We complete a half-day interview with the top rated applicants sometime near the middle of February. Please be prepared to reserve these dates in your schedule so that you can attend if invited. Students must have a completed background check on file prior to enrolling in classes. Information regarding how to complete this requirement is provided directly to students after admissions processes are completed. Please note that some internships sites may require a more rigorous background check as part of their placement process.

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International Applicants:

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Application Timeline: The application will open on October 15 and application reviews begin December 1. All application materials should be received by December 31 to be guaranteed consideration.

Program Begins: Summer or Fall
Required by The Graduate School
Required Electronically:

  • Application
  • Application fee
  • Official GRE scores

Send official transcripts to The Graduate School. The preferred method is an electronic copy sent via eSCRIP‐SAFE. For more information, please check the Graduate School Website

The Graduate School’s physical address is:
Madison Hall
MSC 6702
100 E. Grace Street
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

For information about tuition and financial assistance, please visit the Graduate School’s Tuition and Financial Aid site.

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.