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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

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Preparing to Apply

Before you begin the online application, we highly recommend you have your current resume and personal statement finalized.  Both documents will be uploaded to the centralized application. 

How to Apply

All applications for admission will be processed through a centralized application service for graduate programs (GradCAS).  

You will create an account via the online application portal (preferred browsers are Google Chrome or Firefox).  If you encounter any issues, please contact our technical support at 857-304-2086 or via email

Application Deadline: May 15 (applications after this date will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

You will select the following:

  • Term – fall
  • Institution – Marist College
  • Program – MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

A Complete Application in GradCAS includes the following:

  • Unofficial transcript from bachelor’s degree-granting college/university must be uploaded to the application for an admission decision.  Official bachelor’s degree noted transcript will be required upon acceptance in order to matriculate.
    • Electronic official transcripts will be accepted through Credentials SolutionsNational Clearinghouse, or Parchment. Be sure to enter Marist College as the recipient
    • Official transcripts can also be sent via mail to:

Marist College
Office of Enrollment Services
3399 N. Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • Current resume
  • Personal statement of at least 500 words outlining educational background, experiences, and goals, and the reason(s) for selecting Marist’s MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program
  • Three letters of recommendation (from your instructors or work supervisors)
    • You must supply the names and email addresses for each recommender in GradCAS in order to submit your application.
  • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required. Scores for verbal, quantitative, and writing areas are optional.
  • Application fee of $50 is payable online.
  • Interview with the program director

International Students

This program is not F-1 Student VISA eligible.


Coursework (with a grade of 3.0 or better preferred) comparable to the following courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods in Psychology/Social Sciences
  • Abnormal Psychology (preferred not required)

Transfer Credits

Applicants may request the transfer of up to six transfer credits (two graduate courses). A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in transferred courses which must also be sufficiently comparable to Marist courses. Requests for transfer of credits and copies of the original college/university catalog description for each course should accompany the application. Approval of transfer credits will be determined by the program director.

American Psychological Association (APA) writing style

All applicants admitted to the program are expected to utilize the American Psychological Association (APA) writing style in their written assignments. Applicants are strongly advised to acquire a copy of the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the APA.


Students may be required to undergo health and criminal background checks and/or drug screenings in order to be eligible to train at certain clinical training settings for practicum and internship.


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