Master of Education in Counselor Education--Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Lee Grimes Summer Term: March 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-245-6541 Department of Psychology & Counseling

Admission Requirements

Important Notice: Per recent clarification from the USG, the waivers of out-of-state tuition for Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama residents only apply to undergraduate students.

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

Official transcript from your bachelor’s degree-granting school and from any graduate coursework

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School)

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution in an appropriate major. Any major may apply.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale OR meet requirements for one of the following alternative pathways:
    • Alternative Pathway 1: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor's degree (i.e. 3000 and 4000 level coursework); or
    • Alternative Pathway 2: Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all graduate coursework (must have completed at least 6 hours of graduate work in which a letter grade was awarded); or
    • Alternative Pathway 3: Have earned a cumulative undergraduate GPA between 2.50 and 2.74 on a 4.0 scale ten or more years prior to admission. 
  • GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

GACE Program Admission Assessment

  • School Counseling concentration applicants must submit passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or its exemptions. 
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling Concentration applicants must submit official scores on one of the three following graduate entrance exams:

A. Official passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment (or its exemptions). Qualifying GACE Program Admission Assessment Exemptions include:

  1. SAT - 1000 Verbal/Critical Reading + Math (prior to March 2016), or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math (March 2016 to July 1, 2019); or 1080 on Evidence-based Reading/Writing + Math (as of July 1, 2019).
  2. ACT - 43 (English + Math)
  3. GRE - 297 (Verbal + Quantitative) or 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative for tests prior to August 2011).

B. Official scores on the GRE: minimum score of 297 (Verbal + Quantitative) or 1030 (Verbal + Quantitative for tests prior to August 2011).

C. Official scores on the MAT: minimum score of 393.

  • SAT and ACT scores may be documented by an official high school transcript, official college transcript with scores posted, or a score report from a testing service. 
  • Professionally certified educators (valid or expired) enrolling for the purpose of adding a new field of certification are not required to meet the Program Admission Assessment requirement. 

Counseling Goal Statement

  • A written statement (250-500 words) describing your plans to pursue a degree in counseling education. Please see the linked prompts for more guidance.

Case Studies

  • Candidates will respond to two case studies using the instructions provided in the link in the left column and address the questions at the end of each case study.

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.
  • The Psychology and Counseling Department prefers recommendations come from current or former Psychology professors who have had you in class.
  • The reviewing committee needs both letters of recommendation AND the required accompanying forms.

VSU Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(For applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to ensure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • This program only admits for the Summer term.
  • Candidates considered for admission by the Departmental Committee may be required to engage in an interview before final decisions are rendered.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS): Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances: The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status
  • Irregular admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree admission is available only for applicants who hold a Master’s degree and departmental permission.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Converse Hall/Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100