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Admissions Requirements

Gaining acceptance into Marist's highly competitive Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling program depends on a variety of factors, which can include undergraduate academic performance, prior work experience, recommendation letters, and an application essay.

New classes begin every August. Applications are accepted year round with a fall deadline of April 15.

The Mental Health Counseling program does not allow non-matriculated students into the program.

All documents, with the exception of official college transcripts, can be submitted electronically through the following link https://maristgraduate.slideroom.com/

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the MA in Mental Health Counseling Program must submit:

  • The Graduate Admissions Application.
  • Official undergraduate (and graduate) transcripts.
    • The undergraduate transcript should document an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university with a major in psychology or a closely related field. It must also indicate a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (based on a system where a 4.0 equals an A grade).
    • Non-psychology major applicants must demonstrate that they have taken undergraduate coursework in general psychology, statistics, and research methods in psychology. Coursework in undergraduate abnormal psychology is also preferred. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in each of these courses. These pre-requisite course requirements must all be completed before an application will be reviewed.
  • A current résumé.
  • Three letters of reference from former faculty members or employment supervisors that attest to the applicant's ability to be successful in graduate school and the field of mental health counseling.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores - Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing. Applicants who can demonstrate the successful completion of graduate coursework elsewhere must submit a request to be exempted from the GRE.
  • A personal statement of a least 500 words, describing the applicant's background, experiences, personal qualities, and academic and career goals related to mental health counseling.
  • To an interview with the program director.

NOTE: 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.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester application materials, including GRE scores, must be received by the Graduate Admission Office by April 15.


  • Fall Semester applications received after the deadline would be considered on a case by case basis.

Transfer Credit

Applicants seeking to have previously completed graduate coursework considered for Transfer Credit must take an additional step in the application process: A written request for transfer of specific graduate course credits, and their official catalog descriptions must be included in the application. A minimum grade of 3.0 is required in transfer courses, which must be sufficiently comparable to Marist courses.