Why Pursue a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling?
This clinical program emphasizes creativity, diversity, developmental and relational processes, ethics, and professional identity within Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Students may earn credit toward a state license and/or certification to practice in clinical settings (i.e., Licensed Professional Counselor, etc.).
Once students complete the 60-hour CMHC degree, their training will meet or exceed standards established by state and national bodies. The 60-hour CMHC program provides students with a competitive degree when seeking licensure, applying for Federal employment, working with military families and veterans, and seeking reimbursement through TRICARE and other insurance panels. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
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Admission & Application Requirements
Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)|
|Required Degree||Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.|
|Minimum GPA||3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours|
|Coursework||18 credit hours in an area related to this graduate degree and at least 12 hours must be at the upper-division level.|
|Transcripts*||Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English|
|Credential Evaluation||Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform|
|TOEFL/IELTS Score||600 TOEFL Paper / 100 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries). Scores are currently waived for this program for the 2022-23 academic year.|
|Purpose Statement||Required See Instructions for Narrative Statement|
|Letters of Recommendation||3 Applicant Rating Form(s) demonstrating your academic and personal attributes for success in this program (you will request these through the Graduate Admissions Application; let your recommenders know of your deadline to ensure submissions are on time)|
|*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.|
Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.
|Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS)|
|Timing on Admission Decision: Students can expect to hear back on an admission decision within 4 to 6 weeks after the posted deadline.|
|International||March 15||September 1||Not Available|
|Domestic||March 15||September 1||Not Available|
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