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Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.A.

Admissions Information


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Please visit the Office of Graduate Studies website or contact Graduate Studies at 239-590-7988 or for an application for admission and additional information about the application process. Satisfaction of minimum University and program requirements does not guarantee admission to a graduate program. Applicants should check with the program for the most up to date admission requirements prior to commencing the application process.

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Admissions Information for 2017-2018 Catalog Year

Note: The information contained in this Catalog is intended for informational purposes.  The Catalog is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student.

Source: FGCU Graduate Admissions

  • A four year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Any one of the following:

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    1. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 semester hours attempted accruing to the undergraduate degree; or
    2. A combined score of 1000 or higher on the quantitative and verbal sections of the GRE exam if taken before August 1st, 2011; or a score of 151-153 on verbal and 143-144 on quantitative if taken on or after August 1st, 2011; or
    3. 400 or higher on the MAT
      Note: All applicants must submit GPA and graduate admission (GRE or MAT) test scores regardless of which of the above criteria are met for admissions.

  • Submission of three favorable recommendations from professionals in the field.

  • Submission of a written statement of career goals will be reviewed for admission..

  • Participation in a personal interview is required. Responses to the interview will be evaluated for admission.

  • Performance in courses taken post baccalaureate will be taken into consideration for admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program.

  • Counseling Criminal Record Policy Statement: All applicants are advised that in order to complete the program, they must complete internships. Most internship facilities do background checks and will not permit the placement of counselor interns with criminal records. The Department reserves the right to deny program admission to any applicant if it appears that applicant is unlikely to be able to complete the internship requirement due to a criminal record, thus inhibiting their ability to complete the program.

Priority application review begins on February 15 of each year. Qualified applications submitted thereafter will be reviewed and may be admitted on a space available basis.

Admissions Related materials:

Dual Majors: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

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Important Notice!

As of 2018-19 there are revisions to the curriculum that require 63 credits to graduate.  

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA
Program Requirements for 2018-2019 Catalog Year

Core Requirements: (58 credits)

MHS 6021 Intro to Clin Mental Hlth Coun (3)
MHS 6070 Mental Disorders (3)
MHS 6200 Appraisal Procedures (3)
MHS 6340 Career Development (3)
MHS 6404 Intro to Couns Theory and Tech (3)
MHS 6428 Psychosocial and Cross-cultural Contexts in Counseling (3)
MHS 6442 Introduction to Relationship and Family Systems (3)

MHS 6466 Crisis and Trauma Counseling Intervention: Theory and Practice (3)

MHS 6450 Issues in Addictions and Abuse (3)
MHS 6470 Human Sexual Issues Counselor (3)
MHS 6482 Lifespan/Development (3)
MHS 6500 Introduction to Group Dynamics (3)
MHS 6600 Consultation and Collaborative Problem-Solving (1)

MHS 6700 Legal & Ethical Iss. in Coun. (3)
MHS 6710 Research and Prog Evaluation (3)
MHS 6800 Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6805 Adv Practicum in Counseling (3)
MHS 6881 Clinical Internship I (1)
MHS 6882 Clinical Internship II (1)
MHS 6883 Clinical Internship III (3)

MHS 6888 Intrn:Prof Dev Mental Hlth Cns (3)

Elective Requirements (5 credits minimum):         

MHS 6073 Counseling Children and Adolescents: Building Resilience (3)
MHS 6311 Issues in Counseling and Technology (3)
MHS 6405 Advanced Counseling Theory (2)
MHS 6443 Family Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
MHS 6444 Relationship/Marriage Counseling Theory and Techniques (3)
MHS 6422 Theory and Techniques of Play Therapy (3)
MHS 6620 Organization, Administration and Supervision (2)
MHS 6886 Internship: Clinical Supervision (1) (taken with MHS 6620)


Additional Graduation Requirements

  • Students must satisfactorily complete the minimum number of credit hours specified by the graduate degree program.
  • A grade of B or higher must be earned in all Department graduate courses used as prerequisites and each core course.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all coursework in program.
  • Students must complete and pass a culminating demonstration of learning and competence at the end of the program. These may include comprehensive examinations, portfolios, special practicum projects, or research projects.