Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Application Review and Admission Process

Application Review Process:

All applications for admission to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program will be reviewed by the Graduate Counseling Coordinating Committee (GCCC) at the next regularly scheduled meeting. The GCCC meets at least once during each academic semester (spring, summer, and fall) and other times as deemed necessary by committee members. The GCCC reserves the right to require any applicant to appear before the committee for a face-to-face interview for a variety of reasons (e.g., unfavorable letter[s] of recommendation, low undergraduate and/or graduate GPA, responses provided on CMHC Program application form, issues presented at biannual student review meetings, etc.). Following the review of a completed application, and possibly a face-to-face interview, each applicant will receive a letter from the chairperson of the GCCC informing him or her of the GCCC’s admission decision and, for those admitted to the program, the name and contact information of the applicant’s appointed advisor. The GCCC may choose to admit students unconditionally (all requirements are met at acceptable levels), admit students conditionally (requiring certain conditions to be met for later review of possible unconditional admission status), or deny admission. Students who are denied admission to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program are not permitted to take any further graduate counseling courses and must wait one full calendar prior to reapplying to either the CMHC or School Counseling Master’s Degree Programs.

Students who have completed nine (9) graduate credit hours under provisional admission status (see full CMHC ARSD policy for additional information), but who have not completed the necessary requirements for conditional or unconditional admission to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program, will not be allowed to matriculate further in the program until conditional or unconditional admission is granted by the GCCC. Conditionally admitted students (see requirements above) may not complete more than nine (9) hours after the date conditional admission is granted without attaining unconditional admission status.

Admission to Candidacy:

Students must apply for Candidacy in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program upon completion of nine (9) credit hours of graduate coursework. Per university policy, acceptance in a graduate program at SOSU does not assure admission to candidacy in that master’s degree program. The student must make application for admission to candidacy in the designated master’s degree program. Correspondingly, students may not enroll for more than eighteen (18) hours in the program until they are granted Admission to Candidacy status in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program. The qualifications for Admission to Candidacy in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program include the following:

1.   Unconditional Admission Status in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program.

2.   Maintenance of a 3.00 GPA on all graduate coursework prior to completion of the SOSU Application for Admission to Candidacy document. Students not meeting this requirement may not enroll in more than nine (9) hours in the CMHC Master’s Degree Program.

3.   Successful completion and approval of the student’s Application for Admission to Candidacy Form through the SOSU School of Graduate and University Studies.

CMHC Admission, Retention, Suspension, and Dismissal (ARSD) Policy:

The full CMHC ARSD policy is available on this Web site for review.