Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (minimum)
  • Complete the application process below
  • It is highly recommended for applicants to have taken and passed at least two courses in the behavioral health science discipline (i.e., psychology, sociology, criminal justice or counseling).
  • By completing the FAFSA ( you will be alerting our Financial Aid Office. The Grace College code is 001800.
  • The GRE is not required for the Grace College Graduate Counseling program.

Recommended Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • June 1 - for international students residing in the US (must be accepted and deposited by this date)
  • Aug. 1 - for US citizens

Spring Start

  • Oct. 1 - for international students residing in the US (must be accepted and deposited by this date)
  • Dec. 1 - for US citizens

Summer Start

  • Mar. 1 - for international students residing in the US (must be accepted and deposited by this date)
  • May 1 - for US citizens

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  • Paper application fee: Include a $30, non-refundable application fee with your application.
  • Online application fee: Free! Yes, there is no fee if you apply online.
  • Unclassified (guest) application: Only wanting to take a few classes without completing the entire program? For more information and application instructions, please see the bottom of this page.

Unless otherwise specified, submit the requested information to:
Grace College Office of Graduate and Adult Enrollment
200 Seminary Drive
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590

Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be submitted to the address listed in Step 1 or to*

If your bachelor's degree is currently in progress, you may submit unofficial transcripts so that the application process can proceed. If accepted into a Grace College Graduate program, official transcripts will be due prior to the semester start date.

NOTICE: Unofficial transcripts can be submitted by the student. We must receive official transcripts directly from the institution.

*Grace College alumni and current students: The Graduate and Adult Enrollment Office will obtain Grace College and/or other transcripts you may have already submitted to Grace College free of charge.

Required: One professional reference and one spiritual life reference (no family members please).


  • If using the reference links, please email these links to the appropriate person(s). When the reference finishes, they only need to select "submit" to send the information directly to the Graduate and Adult Admissions Office.
  • If using paper references, please also give these persons an addressed envelope, as the completed form should be returned directly to our Graduate and Adult Enrollment Office by the reference.

Please go to and select the Standard, "national" Criminal Background Check. Please send results to

Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume to or to the address listed in Step 1.

After receiving all of your application pieces, the Graduate Department of Counseling will contact you to schedule a personal interview with one of our faculty members. However, the Graduate Committee may request that you submit additional materials. In that case, you will be advised of their decision as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact your admissions counselor with any questions.

Email Graduate Admissions or call 877-607-0012.

ATTENTION: The tuition deposit is only for accepted students. Depositing represents a commitment to participate in the program and is non-refundable. Payment can be made by credit/debit card below or by mail (see address in step 1).

Submit Your Tuition Deposit
A deposit of $250 is required of all graduate students accepting admission to Grace College.

Applicant Name:

2016 - 2017 Costs and Tuition 

  • Per credit hour $568
  • Per audit hour $191 

To view the most up-to-date information, please visit the official Tuition and Costs page.

*A minimum enrollment is required for each class. If a class does not meet minimum enrollment requirements, Grace College & Seminary reserves the right to cancel the class at the time that it is typically offered.

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Opportunities

Unclassified Students

Applicants who are not seeking a degree but require additional or specific coursework to satisfy educational requirements related to state licensure may apply to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program as an unclassified student under the following conditions:

Please be aware that unclassified students may take nine (9) credits only from the following courses.

  • Theological Foundations of Counseling (CPY5050) 3 credits
  • Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CPY5100) 3 credits
  • Personality and Counseling Theories (CPY5200) 3 Credits
  • Spirituality in Counseling (CYP5480) 1 credit elective
  • Research and Program Evaluation (CPY5592) 3 credits
  • Gender and Sexuality (CPY5750) 3 credits
  • Ethical and Legal Issues (CPY6200) 3 credits
  • Contemporary Issues and Trends in Counseling (CPY6250) 1 credit elective
  • Social and Cultural Issues (CPY6500) 3 credits

All individuals applying to take courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program must have completed an undergraduate degree and earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered. In addition to the Graduate Counseling Unclassified Application, applicants must also submit a Professional Reference (no family members please) and an unofficial transcript.  To apply or for more information about taking Graduate Counseling Courses as an unclassified student, please visit the bottom of the Apply Now page.


Unclassified students may not take courses other than those listed above. Students currently enrolled in the CMHC program are given first priority in registering for classes. Not all classes will have openings for unclassified students. Please note: Those who do not have a background in behavioral science or counseling may not be successful in these graduate-level courses.

IMPORTANT: Individuals applying as unclassified students are not guaranteed acceptance into CMHC courses or into the CMHC program. An applicant who has been denied acceptance to the Department of Graduate Counseling (DOGC) is not eligible to take courses in the DOGC as an unclassified student.


Email the Office of Student Financial Aid or call 800-544-7223, ext. 6162.

Email Graduate Admissions or call 877-607-0012.