Application Submission: 

The CMHC program admits students each semester. However, a new cohort is formed each summer semester. The program recommends applying for summer admission. Students admitted in fall or spring semesters are only allowed to take a limited set of courses until they reach their first summer semester and join the new cohort. The admissions deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer semester deadline - March 1st
  • Fall semester deadline - May 15th
  • Spring semester deadline - October 1st
Applicants must submit the following materials to the graduate school admissions office:
  1. A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
  2. One official copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or professional abilities.
  4. A typed double-space statement of 3-5 pages in length regarding the applicant’s career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing the Master’s program in counseling.
  5. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
  6. Resume
  7. Requirements for School Counseling admission include baccalaureate-level or master's-level professional Educator certification in a teaching field.
  8. Applicants whose application portfolio are deemed to be acceptable are required to participate in an interview by counseling program faculty.
Applications, transcripts, letters of recommendation and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, 2500 Meisler Hall, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002 by the deadlines noted above.

To apply please follow the procedures and application deadlines outlined at the Graduate Admissions web page linked below.

Please note that all admissions materials are submitted to the graduate school. Once a student's packet is complete the application will be forwarded to the CC faculty for review.

Undergraduate Degree: 

The CMHC program accepts applications from individuals with a variety of undergraduate majors. However, a background in the social sciences, e.g. psychology, sociology, anthropology, or applied behavioral sciences, e.g. social work, education, human services, etc. characterizes the typical academic backgrounds of admitted students.

Selectivity & Average Test Scores & Undergraduate-GPA: 

The program is moderately selective, admitting approximately 60% of applicants since 2007. While there are no minimum standardized test (GRE or MAT) scores required for admission to the CC program, the average scores of recently admitted CC cohorts (2009 and 2010) is approximately  148 or higher on the Verbal and Quantitative subtests on the new version of the GRE (450 or higher on the old version of the GRE), with an average score of approximately 3.7 on the GRE analytical writing test, or approximately 400 on the MAT. The average undergraduate GPA of recently admitted students is around 3.3. Students with below a 3.0 undergraduate GPA are sometimes admitted, but only provisionally until 9 hours of graduate coursework have been successfully completed. Your letters of reference, personal statement, past experiences working or volunteering in social services or health care and your interview are also heavily valued along with test scores and GPA in making admissions decisions.

Selection for Interview:

The CMHC faculty will review your application and determine whether to invite the applicant for an interview. An interview is required for admission. After interviews are completed the faculty meet and select interviewees to whom an offer of admission will be made.

Mandatory Orientation: 

All students who accept admission must attend an orientation session that will be scheduled immediately prior to the beginning of the applicant's first semester in the program.