Jul 24, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year] 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [Current Academic Year]

Clinical Mental Health Counseling [M.A.]


The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-semester hour master’s degree program of studies intended for students who seek licensure in Michigan as professional counselors and employment in community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers, and private practice.

Program Admission


Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School admission requirements (see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions) and complete a Graduate Application.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Evidence of academic aptitude for graduate-level study that includes at least one of the following:
    • A 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program.
    • A graduate GPA of 3.3 on a previously completed advanced degree.
    • The GRE scores may not be more than five years old. The student must score at the 50 percentile or above to be accepted. The applicant must also meet the 2.7 minimum GPA required for graduate school admission.
    • Applicants not meeting other criteria but having acquired knowledge of the counseling field based on five years of related experience may be eligible. Students applying under this provision must contact the coordinator of advising for specific procedures before applying to the Graduate School.
  • Personal Statement A one-page narrative statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and their background and goals related to professional studies and goals for working in the mental health field.
  • Experience Relevant experiences in helping may consist of paid professional work or structured volunteer experiences that provide evidence of the applicant’s commitment and understanding of the mental health field. These experiences may be referenced in the above Statement of Intent and must be documented in the resume.
  • Résumé A focused summary of program-relevant educational, career, and/or life experiences.
  • Three Recommendations - Request recommendation forms from three professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the applicant’s professional work quality. Applicants may request recommendation letters in addition to completing the recommendation form. Applicants are encouraged to ask recommenders to submit a recommendation letter if this could enhance their application materials. Recommendation forms and letters must come directly from your reference.

Admission to the program is selective. The selection process is designed to assess the candidate’s suitability for graduate study and a professional career in counseling. Candidates selected are expected to make major commitments to their graduate training.

Each applicant will receive a rating on the following criteria: academic potential based on grade-point average and/or GRE scores; the quality, extensiveness, and relevance of career/life/educational experiences to the field of clinical mental health counseling; professional goals/objectives; and recommendations. Based on these ratings, applicants may move to the second phase of the process.

Applicants admitted to the second phase of the selection process will be invited to campus to participate in a personal interview. They will also receive information about programs of study, faculty expectations, and related topics such as professional counselor licensure. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials at this time. Based on the evaluation of all materials and the interviews, admissions decisions will be made. Denied applicants who wish to reapply may do so after a consultation with the coordinator of advising to understand the basis of their denial.

The admissions appeal procedure provides each applicant with the opportunity to appeal the admissions decision formally. Appeals must be based on an applicant’s perception that his/her due process rights were violated during the admissions process. The procedure is not intended for applicants who do not meet minimum standards for admission as outlined above. An appeal must begin within five working days of the start of the semester following the admissions decision. Applicants wishing to appeal must contact the Coordinator of Advising to obtain written information regarding the appeal procedure.

Program advisors will be assigned after students have been admitted to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. The advisor will assist the student in developing the program of graduate study that is required for full admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. The advisor must approve all courses and subsequent changes. Transfer credit can be used toward graduation only if it has been reviewed and accepted by the student’s advisor and is within Graduate School guidelines. The master’s degree program must be completed within a six-year period.

Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Department Information


Leadership & Counseling | Raul Leon Ph.D., Interim Department Head | 304 Porter, 734.487.0255, rleon1@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Irene Ametrano, Ed.D., 304 Porter, 734.487.0255, iametrano@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 60 hours


The following outline describes the general program requirements leading to a minimum of 60 hours of graduate study for those students seeking a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Supervised Counseling Experience: 8 hours


Satisfy this requirement by completing eight hours from the following.

Restricted Elective Courses: 5 hours


Students select electives with their advisor to enhance their professional growth. They may choose from this list or choose other COUN courses that meet this objective.

Additional Information


For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit emich.edu/coe/lc