Frequently Asked Questions About the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program -

What materials do I need to apply for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program?

A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required before an admission decision can be finalized. For full admission applicants must have received at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA for all undergraduate coursework, OR at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA for the last 64 credits of undergraduate coursework. For provisional admission applicants must have received an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or better.

Application packets must include: (1) a School of Counseling application supplement form; (2) three references using the Graduate School online reference forms or letter of reference uploaded to the online application account. International student applicants must also submit official TOEFL scores as part of their application materials. All application materials, including a personal interview, will be considered during the program's acceptance process.

Note: GRE scores are not required as part of the application packet.

Where do I send my application materials?

Graduate School Application → Online application account

Official Undergraduate Transcripts → Mail to Graduate School

Official TOEFL Scores (only international applicants) → Mail to Graduate School

School of Counseling Application Supplement Form → Upload to online application account

Three references → Upload to online application account

When are application materials due?

Applications to the master's degree program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as early as possible (by December for Fall admission, by August for Spring admission). Admission interviews usually begin in January for the Fall admission cohort, and September for the Spring admission cohort.. New admits will not be accepted once the program reaches cohort capacity.

What can I expect during the application process?

Once all application materials are received, the Program Coordinator will contact each applicant to schedule a personalized interview. We strongly believe that it is important to speak with and learn about each applicant in person (beyond what is written on paper). This also provides applicants with the opportunity to ask questions of their own, and to make sure that the program will fit their professional goals.

How many students are accepted into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and what types of students usually enter the program?

Approximately 40 students are accepted to the program annually - approximately 20 each Fall and Spring semester. The Program attempts to maintain a small cohort of students in order to provide individualized attention and a positive learning experience for each student. Students range in age from early to older adulthood. The majority of student in the program live in or near the Greater Akron area. However, students are from a variety of cultural backgrounds. The program encourages applications from diverse student populations and actively attempts to mentor students from underserved ethnic cultures.

How are admission decisions made?

The primary goal of the CMHC program is graduating successful Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. The following criteria are considered: (a) the applicant’s cumulative GPA, (b) references from past employers and professors, (c) the applicant’s professional goals (listed on the application supplement form), (d) volunteer work or employment related to helping others/advocacy/human development, and (e) interactions during the interview process.

How long does the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program take to complete and can I attend part-time?

The program consists of 60 semester credits, and the average student attends the program for 2-1/2 years before graduating. Students may attend the program full-time or part-time and may take any number of credits desired each semester. Students who work part-time while taking coursework may attend the program for 3 to 3-1/2 years.

How long can I take to complete my master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

The Graduate School allows master’s degree students a total of 6 years to complete their degree.

Can I transfer credits from other programs/universities into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program?

The Graduate School allows master’s degree students to transfer graduate credits equaling up to 20 credits. In order to transfer credits into a master’s degree program:

  1. the course must have been at the graduate level (i.e., not an undergraduate course)
  2. the course must have been a graded course (i.e., not pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory),
  3. the student must have received a grade of “B” or better in the course,
  4. the course must directly substitute for one of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program courses, AND
  5. the transfer must be approved by the student’s Faculty Adviser.

What are the strengths of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at The University of Akron, and how does it compare to similar programs?

The Program offers many benefits to students and graduates:

  • CACREP accreditation continuously since 1985 (a founding CACREP-accredited program).
  • International recognition as one of the most internationally awarded chapters of Chi Sigma Iota since 1985.
  • An average pass rate of 95-100% on the state counselor licensure examination (National Counselor Exam) compared to a 76-80% national pass rate.
  • An average pass rate of 98-100% on the program comprehensive examination (nation-wide Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination).
  • Supervised clinical training in the state-of-the art Clinic for Individual & Family Counseling.
  • A 98-100% internship placement and a high post-graduation employment rate compared to similar programs in Northeast Ohio.
  • A diverse student and faculty body (i.e., differing ethnicities, ages, cultures/backgrounds, physical exceptionalities, genders/gender identities, and nationalities).
  • A unique academic focus on diversity, advocacy, and social justice work.

When are Clinical Mental Health Counseling courses typically offered?

During Fall and Spring semesters didactic (non-clinical) coursework is offered once weekly Mondays → Thursdays after 4pm so students can maintain other life obligations. During Summer semester courses are offered during the daytime and evenings for course variety. During Practicum and Internship students are usually required to perform clinical work some morning/afternoon hours and some evening hours.

How can I gain more information about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program?


Dr. Robert C. Schwartz
Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Phone: 330-972-8155