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Graduate School Admissions

Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions

Fall 2015 application deadline: June 1, 2015

Only complete applications will be submitted to faculty for review after June 1.

Admissions Requirements

To receive priority consideration for admission, the application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office on or before the program’s published application deadlines.

The following items are required for the Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions application. NOTE: This program does NOT require testing for admission.

  1. Application Form
    Lewis & Clark uses an online application which is managed by a third party vendor. You will be able to upload your essay and resume. However, transcripts must be sent directly to the graduate school. We will accept official e-transcripts sent by colleges and university registrar offices.
  2. Application Fee
    A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. Online application: the fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark graduate school and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver.
  3. Personal Essay: Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions
    Applicants to the MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions program must submit an essay that addresses all of the topics listed below. The essay should be approximately 500 words in length.Your essay may be submitted electronically (email attachment or as part of the online application) or in paper format (hand delivered, mailed or faxed) and may be single-spaced or double spaced.
    • What are the experiences that lead you to believe this is an appropriate career choice for you?
    • What are the values and concerns that motivate you to pursue professional training in this field?
    • What type of professional work do you hope to do?
  4. Supplemental Application Form (Online form)
    Applicants applying to the Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions program must complete and submit the online supplemental application.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
    We require letters from three individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted.

    How to submit your letters
    The online application includes letter of recommendation process. You will be able to manage your letters of recommendation online. The link to the online letter of recommendation process will be emailed to your letter writers.
  6. Official Transcripts
    Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or the foreign equivalent. One official, sealed transcript must be submitted from each post-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. Faxed transcripts are not considered official by the Graduate School. Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to Information for International Students.
  7. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. A minimum of 3.4 GPA is required for those students who graduated from an institution using a 5.0 scale.
  8. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.


Qualified applicants will be invited to interview with Professional Mental Health Counseling-Addictions faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications.


Application files for all Counseling Psychology programs are kept for one year. If reapplying for the following year, you will need to submit a new application form and the $50 application fee. If you would like us to use the essay(s), resume, and/or letters of recommendation that were submitted with your old application please notify us of this in writing. If you wish to submit new essay(s), resume, or letters, send these in with your new application form. The Admissions office will notify you of any additional required documentation. If you are reapplying more than a year from your previous application, you will need to resubmit all required application materials. 

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