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M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Application Deadline Information

All Applicants

Fall Entry Only.

Priority Application: Complete your application by November 1st to schedule an interview between November 7th and 21st and to receive an admissions decision by January 31st.

Regular Application:  Complete your application by March 1st.

Requirements for All Applicants

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is a full-time, two-year, residential program that operates on a cohort model and begins in fall semester only. The program considers individual and group interviews and the qualifications and qualities of the entire applicant pool when making final admissions decisions. Applications are reviewed holistically. All application materials and the interview are due by the application deadline.

  1. Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. GPA 3.0 minimum.
  3. Official Transcripts from all colleges where a degree was earned or is currently being earned.
    • Applicants will be required to provide official transcripts from each institution where they have received or will receive a degree prior to enrollment in Wheaton College Graduate School. Applicants who have earned more than 25% of their degree from institutions outside of their degree conferring school will be required to supply official transcripts for those credits in the event they are not explicitly listed on their original transcript with course names and grades. Graduate Admissions will reserve the right to request additional transcripts as may be needed to meet departmental requirements or demonstrate proof of program-specific prerequisites.
    • E-transcripts preferred. Must be addressed to nancy.crane@wheaton.edu.
    • Mail hard copies to Graduate Admissions, Attn: Nancy Crane, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187.
  4. Application Form.
  5. Four Recommendations, which are online forms. Letters are accepted as supplements to the forms.
    • Academic. A professor from whom you have taken a class preferred. Alternatives: a college-level instructor from whom you have not taken a class or an acquaintance with a doctorate or master's.
    • Pastoral. Can be a Christian leader who is not a pastor.
    • Professional. A person with whom you have had a supervisor-employee relationship, which can be in a non-paid context.
    • Mental Health Professional. Should be a licensed, mental-health practitioner or a psychology professor.

Recommendations from relatives not accepted.

For help choosing recommenders, preview the questions in the forms at the bottom of this page.

  1. Resumé. Chronological.
  2. Interview with a CMHC Faculty Member. We hope to use the interview to get to know students better and to give them an opportunity to get to know our program better.
    • NOTE: The application form and all supplemental items must be submitted before scheduling an interview, and the interview must be completed by the application deadline.
    • Schedule your interview. Dates will be posted in fall.
  3. Application Fee. USD $30, non-refundable.

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students, and permanent residents of the US whose native language is not English, are required to take either the TOEFL iBT Test,  IELTS Academic Test or Duolingo English test with the minimal scores indicated below:

  • TOEFL iBT Test: 80 with at least 18 in each category
  • IELTS Academic Test: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each category
  • Duolingo English Test: 105

Applicants who wish to waive their English proficiency test, please refer to the English proficiency page for details.

An International Transcript Verification Report is needed for students who completed degrees outside of the United States.

Please review Graduate International Admissions for full information.

M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Learn more about the program and the School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy.