Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Application Process for Individuals Who Already have a Degree in Counseling

Application Process for Individuals with a Master’s or Doctoral Degree in Counseling or a Counseling-Related Field Seeking Additional Coursework at SE: Individuals holding a graduate degree in any field other than counseling must apply for admission via the standard program application process. Individuals holding a graduate degree in counseling who wish to complete additional coursework to pursue the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential must complete two (2) separate university applications. Initially, students must be admitted to the SE School of Graduate and University Studies. This application process may be completed online ( or in person in the SE Administration Building, Room 307 (Office of Academic Affairs). International students are encouraged to review Southeastern’s International Student Admission Requirements.

The requirements for admission to the SE School of Graduate and University Studies include the following:

  • A completed and approved Application for Admission form for graduate study
  • One official transcript from each college or university attended, including graduate and undergraduate work, and documentation of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Payment of an application fee: Currently $20.00 for U.S. students and $55.00 for International students

Once admitted to the Graduate School, post-master’s individuals are eligible to complete an abbreviated application for admission to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program. Materials required in this application packet (complete CMHC Application Packet available here) include the following:

  • Verification of Admission to the SE School of Graduate and University Studies
  • Official Copies of All Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  • Application for Admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program (with required witness signature)
  • Statement of Personal and Professional Goals (specific guidelines apply)
  • Consent to Release Information and Records Form (with required witness signature)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Statement of Understanding and Acknowledgment (with required witness signature)
  • Although unlikely, depending on the student’s graduate GPA, age of graduate degree, and other background information, students may be required to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (information available at as defined by program admission criteria

Please not that any student wishing to take any course in the CMHC Counselor Clinical Training Sequence  must complete any preceding courses at SE (e.g., a student graduating with a master’s degree in counseling from another university may not complete COUN 5923: Counseling Internship I without first taking COUN 5423: Counseling Pre-Practicum and COUN 5543: Counseling Practicum at SE).

Counseling graduates of SE who have taken any courses in the CMHC Counseling Clinical Training Sequence (with a grade of “B” or higher) may not have to retake completed clinical courses, depending on when the course(s) were originally completed. As a standard policy, any returning SE student who completed COUN 5423: Counseling Pre-Practicum , COUN 5543 Counseling Practicum, COUN 5923: Counseling Internship I, or COUN 5933: Counseling Internship II longer than ten (10) years prior to their reapplication, must restart the CMHC Counselor Clinical Training Sequence from the beginning (COUN 5423: Counseling Pre-Practicum). Furthermore, any student who substituted “COUN 5973: Grief Camp Practicum” when it was offered or any other substitution in place of the regular practicum course (COUN 5543) will be required to complete COUN 5543: Counseling Practicum before being permitted to take COUN 5923: Counseling Internship I. This policy has been established to ensure that the returning students have the proper clinical skill set to work with clients in the field for practicum and internship.

Please note that core Counselor Education faculty members do not provide post-master’s licensure supervision as part of their role as faculty members at SE.