Verl Pope, Ed.D., Department Chair
Greg Hatchett, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a CACREP accredited program, prepares students to be eligible for licensure as clinical mental health counselors. Specifically, this program prepares counselors for work in community agencies, hospitals, government agencies, and other mental health settings.
Counseling, Social Work, and Leadership Graduate Office - MEP 295 firstname.lastname@example.org; 859-572-7892
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is administered by the Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership, located in the Mathematics-Education-Psychology Center (MEP), Suite 203. Dr. Greg Hatchett, Graduate Program Director.
Individuals applying must meet all requirements for admission to graduate study at Northern Kentucky University as defined by the Graduate Catalog at the time of application in addition to the following:
To be eligible for admission applicants must have the following qualifications: A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate coursework must contain 48 semester credits (or equivalent in quarter hours) in the liberal arts. Baccalaureate degree must show completion of a statistics course with a grade of C- or higher.
- Submit an online application and application fee to the Office of Graduate Education.
- Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and any graduate coursework sent directly from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
- Submit official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This requirement will be waived for those individuals who have already completed a master’s degree.
- Submit the supplemental application including a 500-700 word essay demonstrating evidence of one’s potential to work effectively with people, reasons for wanting to become a professional counselor, any relevant work or volunteer experiences, and examples of important events that have influenced one’s career goals. Supplemental application is available on the website.
- Three recommendations from people (former instructors, supervisors, colleagues, etc.) who are qualified to evaluate academic and professional potential in the field of counseling. These must be submitted on counseling recommendation form.
- Submit a professional resume tailored to educational goals, including educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments.
- Successful completion of an interview with the counseling program faculty and a positive recommendation from the admissions committee for admission to the program, to ensure the candidate possesses the interpersonal characteristics and personal dispositions to uphold ethical standards of the counseling profession.
A criminal background check (state and federal), although not required for admission to the program, will be required prior to enrollment in the counseling practicum and internship classes.
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