Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling-Specialization in Addictions
Fall 2018 application deadline: We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2018. The 2019 application will become available after September 1.
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-Specialization in Addictions application. NOTE: This program does NOT require testing for admission. The GRE is not required.
Lewis & Clark uses an online application. 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 college and university registrar offices.
A $50 nonrefundable application fee is required. The fee is payable with a credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available to alumni of Lewis & Clark and current students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Participants in special programs are also eligible for a waiver. Go to this page for more information about the fee waiver process.
Personal Essay: Professional Mental Health Counseling-Specialization in Addictions
- Applicants to the MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling-Specialization in 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 will be uploaded as part of the online application.
- 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?
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.
Applicants must hold or be in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. One official transcript must be submitted from eachpost-secondary institution attended regardless of the length of study or the number of courses taken. This includes all college level credit earned while in high school or participating in study abroad programs. Failure to submit official copies of all transcripts may result in the withholding of your application for consideration. Transcripts stamped “Issued to Student” will not be considered official.
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 International Applicants.How to Submit Transcripts
Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each postsecondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed, emailed or faxed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
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.
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-Specialization in Addictions faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of completed applications. On-campus interviews are scheduled for March 12, 16, and 23.
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.