School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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/
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.
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.
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.