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?

New students are admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s Program both Fall and Spring semesters. The program offers rolling admissions. There are no deadlines to apply (i.e., first come, first interviewed with no formal admission deadlines). Once the next semester’s cohort is filled the admission process is closed until the following selection process begins. Applicants are encouraged to complete their application materials early, before admission limits have been reached. We strongly encourage applicants to submit all application materials one semester prior to the semester they wish to begin.

What can I expect during the application process?

The Program Coordinator will review each applicant’s admission materials once they are received by the School of Counseling. Then, a faculty member will contact each applicant to schedule a face-to-face or phone interview. The University of Akron’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is one of only a few programs that interviews all applicants meeting the minimum application requirements. 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 Admissions Committee attempts to maintain a small cohort of students accepted each semester in order to provide individualized attention and a positive learning experience for each student. Students in the Clinical Mental Health program range in age from early to older adulthood, and non-traditional students are sought among applicants. The majority of student in the program live in or near the Greater Akron area. However, students are from a variety of cultural backgrounds (Euro-American, African-American, Asian-American) and the program is known for accepting international students from a variety of countries (e.g., South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Nigeria, and European countries). 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. During the admission process the following criteria are considered: (a) the applicant’s cumulative GPA, (b) references from past employers and professors, (c) the applicant’s statement of intent and professional goals (listed on the application supplement form), (d) honors/awards, (e) volunteer work or employment related to helping others/advocacy/human development, and (d) interactions during the interview process. Although admission is competitive, it is our intention to give qualified applicants the opportunity to serve society as community counselors.

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 1/3 of their total program credits. Since the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 60 semester credits, students can transfer up to 20 credits from another program/university. However, 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 School of Counseling at The University of Akron houses accredited master’s and doctoral degrees in diverse mental health professions, which provides opportunities to learn from professors with a wide range of clinical specialty areas.

The School of Counseling houses the renowned Clinic for Individual and Family Counseling, a state-of-the-art training facility that functions as a community mental health center. The Clinic provides real world Practicum experience before embarking on an Internship. Few counseling programs host their own mental health training facility, and among these few are as large and diverse as the Clinic.

The School of Counseling hosts Chi Sigma Iota - Alpha Upsilon Chapter, a counseling honor society. Out of over 200 chapters around the world, the Alpha Upsilon Chapter is one of the largest and most internationally awarded, providing networking, leadership, and professional development opportunities to students.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling students are routinely honored by being among the top in pass rates for the licensure examination, boasted an average 95-100% pass rate compared with a 76-80% national pas rate. Within the School of Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling students routinely pass the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination, with a 98-100% average pass rate annually.

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 5pm 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?

  1. Each new student is assigned a Faculty Adviser before their first semester begins. This provides each student with a contact person for program-related questions. Faculty advisors can be reached by phone or email.
  2. The Program Coordinator can be reached at any time by phone or email for questions or concerns.
  3. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Student Handbook can be reviewed for information about program goals, requirements and policies.
  4. The first semester Professional Orientation and Ethics (5600:600) course provides more information about the School of Counseling and the counseling profession.