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Online MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

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Wondering what your odds are for admission? Whether you’re applying to college for the first time or haven’t been a student in years, college admissions anxiety can be overwhelming. We’re on a mission to remove the guesswork from the application process so you can make key decisions about your future with confidence. Start by picking a program of interest to see your likelihood of acceptance.

Enrollment counselors are available to support you through the admissions process so you can reach your potential, achieve your educational goals and accelerate your career. If you have questions or prefer to apply over the phone, give us a call at 855-805-5399.

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Admission Requirements

Online Application Form:Apply Now (for Spring 2024 quarter)
Degree and Minimum GPA:
  • Submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited institution stating the conferral of a bachelor’s degree or higher with an accreditor that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education with a minimum GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • May apply with a lower GPA for consideration
Transcripts:Official transcripts from all prior universities
Additional Requirements:
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Two completed essays using program prompts

Essay 1: Becoming a Counselor (1-2 pages)
– Where does your desire to become a counselor come from? What skills do you already have that will assist you in being successful in an online education program?
– What would you like to do with your graduate degree in counseling? Feel free to include the population and setting you believe you would like to work with.
– How will attending the CMHC program at Eastern Oregon University assist you with meeting your goals? Please speak to the university and program values and mission.
Essay 2: Self as Counselor (1-2 pages)
– Openness to feedback from instructors is an essential component of growth during a graduate counseling program. Please describe a time when you received feedback that was difficult for you to hear. What were your initial reactions and how were you able to work through those initial reactions in order to act upon the feedback given?
– Please describe something you have recently done to further your OR others’ understanding of privilege and systemic oppression in our society. This could be a conversation, book, activism/advocacy, or something else. In what ways have you applied your learning? 
– Is there anything else you would like us to know about you in consideration of your application?

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We are here to answer any questions you may have. Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-805-5399 or complete the request for information form and we will be in touch.

Transfer Credit

You can transfer up to 9 semester hours or 13.5 quarter credit hours of graduate credit into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at EOU. Please contact our enrollment team with any questions.

Credit for Prior Learning

Students can exchange credit for life/work experiences through EOU’s Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) process. APEL provides students the opportunity to document their experience in an academic-friendly format. Visit the EOU APEL page to learn more.

Students can also earn credit through Agency Sponsored Learning (ASL), which provides the opportunity to receive credit from courses and training taken from non-degree-granting organizations such as the military, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations and government agencies. A maximum of 45 ASL credits can be transferred. Learn how it works by visiting the EOU ASL page.

Enrollment Level by Student’s Credit Hours

Student LevelFull timeHalf timeLess than half time
Undergraduate12 or more6-81-5
Post-baccalaureate12 or more6-81-5
Graduate9 or more5-61-4

Full time enrollment is defined as 12 credit hours per term for undergraduates, and 9 or more credit hours per term for graduate students.

Students who plan to attend half time should contact the financial aid office before the beginning of their term to have their aid revised.

When to Apply

We’ve designed our admission process to be quick and simple. To enroll in our Spring 2024 quarter, you can begin your application process here. Our enrollment team is ready to help you start your academic journey.

Upcoming Application Deadline

Spring 2024

February 7

The Office of Admissions is happy to help if you have questions. Simply call 855-805-5399 or email.