Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling
Now accepting applications for Fall 2021
Deadline to apply: January 5th
Applications received after the deadline may be considered depending on enrollment targets and number of applications received. On-time applicants receive priority review
Application Requirements for 2021
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 published application deadlines. Applicant files are reviewed holistically with careful consideration of all application materials. Therefore, incomplete applications will not be considered.
The following are required for all who are applying for the Master of Arts in Professional Mental Health Counseling. 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 information about the fee waiver process.
Personal Essays: Professional Mental Health Counseling
Applicants to the MA in Professional Mental Health Counseling program must write three essays that address the topics listed below. Each essay is submitted electronically as part of the online application and must be no more than 1250 characters in length (includes spaces).
Essay 1: What are the values and concerns that motivate you to pursue professional training in this field?
Essay 2: Why have you chosen Lewis & Clark’s Professional Mental Health Counseling Program?
Essay 3: Tell us about a time when you had an experience with people who were culturally different from you or held values unlike your own and what you learned about yourself from the experience.
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
Applicants will provide contact information for their references within the application. An email will be sent by our office to those references with a form they need to complete on the applicant’s behalf in addition to attaching their letter of recommendation.
- How to submit your letters
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 each post-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 post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts uploaded via the online application will not be used. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed 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)
The graduate school requires a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in the undergraduate degree. However, successful applicants to the Professional Mental Health Counseling program generally have GPAs of 3.0 or above. If you have a GPA that falls below a 3.0, you must provide a written explanation for the low grades. Faculty take into account any life circumstances that may have contributed to lower grades.
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 program faculty. Selection will be based on initial faculty review of applications completed on or by January 15. Interviews will be held on-campus or virtually.
On-campus group interviews are planned for February 2021
Applicants invited to interview who live within a four hour driving radius of Portland are expected to attend an on-campus interview. We will attempt to give 3 - 4 weeks notice for invitations to the on-campus interviews. Applicants outside of the driving radius will be offered a virtual interview.
Application materials 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 essays, 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.