Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

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  • $50 application fee (waived for current Liberty students and Alumni, please complete paper application)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Official GRE or MAT Test Scores (Not required for students with an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.25). Must be within 5 years.
    • GRE: Current GRE, 150 Verbal Reasoning, 150 Quantitative Reasoning, 3.5 Analytical Writing. Former GRE: 1000 total
    • MAT: 375 Minimum (must also submit GRE Analytical Writing scores)
  • Regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA for admission in good standing.
  • 2 Professional Letters of Recommendations addressing the applicant's ability to complete graduate level work, disposition and ability to become a counselor, maturity, motivation, and ethics.
  • Statement of Purpose (1 page typed) describing your professional goals, how your interests and goals match the goals and mission of the department, and what you hope to gain from graduate study. Include your reasons for seeking admission to the clinical mental health counseling program at Liberty University.
  • Personal Statement (3-5 pages typed and double spaced) addressing past helping experiences, reasons for wanting to enter the field of clinical mental health counseling, and personal qualities that will enable the applicant to be an effective mental health counselor.
  • Self-Certification Form (for students in the final term of their bachelor's degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate applicants must complete Graduation Application.
  • Additional admission requirements for international students
  • Undergraduate prerequisites (can be taken after admission)
    • 6 credit hours in Psychology
    • 3 credit hours in Statistics (can be MATH 201)
  • Please note, if your application reflects an address in as state with Unique Licensure Requirements, you will be asked to submit a statement reflecting your understanding of these regulations. You will receive information regarding this statement once you apply.
  • Background Check will be completed during first semester of the program. Students will not be dismissed from the program solely based on the results of the background check. At the same time, students must be aware that they may be prohibited from completing field work by their field placement site if a background investigation reveals certain criminal offenses, arrests, and/or convictions. A student who does not pass criminal background check also may not be able to obtain licensure as a professional counselor. The CCFS is not responsible for a student's inability to complete the program, obtain licensure or certification due to a failure to pass a criminal background check.

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