The primary goal of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to provide students with a breadth of counseling knowledge and experience in a caring environment. Attending to individual student needs, interests and strengths, and providing a flexible education experience are benchmarks of the program.
Most mental health counseling majors have an undergraduate degree in psychology or sociology. Majors from other areas are accepted with course work in psychology, sociology, and related courses. Full-time students usually complete this program in two academic years. Part-time students have seven years to complete the program.
The requirements for application are:
1. Submit an application at http://www.emporia.edu/grad/appinstr.htm.
2. Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or last 60 hour GPA of 3.25.
3. Give three references a copy of the MHC Reference Form. If you are currently in school or a recent graduate, one of the references should be the head of the major department or major advisor. If you are employed, a reference from your current or recent employer/supervisor is desired. The other two references should be completed by professionals closely associated with you who have knowledge about the counseling profession or mental health counseling.
4. Write a letter of application that addresses the following three areas:
- What factors in your personal and professional background and experience have led you to seek an advanced degree in this area?
- What are your professional goals? Describe the type of work setting and the client population with whom you desire to work after graduation.
- Describe the kind of person you believe yourself to be presently (personal qualities, characteristics).
5. Take either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogy Test (MAT).
Send your letter, all transcripts, and your GRE/MAT score to The Office of Graduate Studies, 1200 Commercial, Campus Box 4003, Emporia, KS 66801-5087. Your references return their forms to the same address. Only completed files are reviewed by the faculty for admission to the program.
Mental Health Counseling majors can apply at https://www.emporia.edu/grad/asstshp.htm for the application for a graduate assistantship. Graduate teaching and research assistants receive a monthly stipend and a reduction in fees. Deadlines vary for each type of financial aid; so apply early.