Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Information and advice about applying

Strengthening Your Application

Admissions to the program is competitive. We carefully review all applicants to the program and admissions decisions are made based on the strength of the entire application, including the interview. As such, you should carefully prepare your application and you should take the following points into consideration:

The Graduate Record Examination: The GRE General Examination scores are required for admission. You are not required to submit the GRE Psychology Subject Test Scores. We do not use "cut scores," and GRE scores are only one of the indicators of potential success that we consider when reviewing an application. Finally, it is strongly suggested that you prepare for this exam before you take it.

The Statement of Objectives: Mental health counseling is a rewarding, but often difficult profession. You should first consider why you are interested in the field and what strengths you may bring to the field. We are interested in how you view your potential to be a professional counselor. Additionally, we are also interested in your writing ability. Be sure to proofread your statement carefully, as spelling mistakes or grammatical errors will detract from the overall presentation of your application.

Academic Background: You should highlight your academic and professional experience as it relates to the field of counseling. This should include any relevant course work, research experiences, and field work/internships. We maintain preadmission requirements of at least 12 undergraduate credits in a counseling related major (such as PSychology) including at least one course in statistics/research methods and one course focusing on mental illness (such as abnormal psychology). Our program is academically rigorous and requires that you have a solid academic background. If you do not have a strong academic skills, you might want to consider taking additional undergraduate course work before applying to the program in order to demonstrate your potential in graduate school.

Practical Experience: Having practical experience with a client population can be very helpful preparation for this program. You should discuss this experience if you have had it and describe what you perceive your strengths and weaknesses to be in this setting. You could also discuss what counseling skills you would like to enhance. If you have never had any contact with a client population, you might want to consider getting some before coming to the program. You ability to secure a good practicum site in our program may be contingent on your previous experince. Also, some people who are "natural helpers" for their families and friends find it is more difficult than they anticipated to work with clients experiencing more serious mental health problems.

Letters of Recommendation: These letters are intended to be from individuals who are able to comment on your ability to succeed in a graduate level program. As such,  you are advised to seek out individuals who can best comment on this ability. This might include past professors, supervisors/employers with advanced degrees, or academic advisors, and rarely includes family members or friends.

Applying to the Program

Applications to the program are accepted on a rolling basis up until June 15th. All applications received prior to that date will receive a full programatic review. Some applicants will be invited for an in person interview after the initial review of their application. The in-person interview is a required part of the application process. Applications received after the above date may be reviewed if there are open slots remaining in the program.

Admissions to all graduate programs at Rowan University are first submitted to the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE). When your application is complete, it is then forwarded to the graduate program to which you have applied. If you are interested in applying to the program, you may obtain an admissions application from CGCE at Rowan University or you can apply online. Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the program coordinator for review.