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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Specialist in Education (EdS)
Offered By: College of Education & Behavioral Science
Graduate School
Application Deadline: April 1st (Fall Admission Only)

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program is a 60-hour program of study that requires coursework consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards. Our program prepares students for careers as professional counselors who meet the highest standards for delivering counseling services in a wide variety of community and agency settings. Clinical Mental health counselors work with individuals, families, and groups to address and treat mental, developmental, and emotional disorders and to promote optimum mental health. Students who complete the program are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) offered by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) in order to qualify for both National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Arkansas Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) status. An important aspect of our mission is to aid students and graduates become certified and/or licensed as professional counselors. The faculty believes that it is also our mission to instill a strong sense of professional identity, appreciation for our rich knowledge base and develop expertise in the skills of counseling.


  • Admission Process

    To be considered for admission to the Ed.S. Program in Psychology and Counseling, applicants must hold an earned bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited institution and present evidence of qualities consistent with those required for effective practice in the chosen area of study. The written statement prepared by the applicant, combined with four letters from references and the personal interview, will be used as the basis for committee members' judgment of the applicant's personal and interpersonal qualities. All persons admitted to the program are required to meet the same standard in regard to these qualities.

    Applicants also must present evidence of potential ability to perform academic work at the advanced graduate level. Standardized test proficiency and past grade performance provide the primary data for judging academic ability; other indicators, such as quality of writing in the applicant's prepared statement and faculty references, also will be considered.

    Based on the combination of GRE test proficiency and past academic performance, an applicant may qualify for either unconditional or conditional admission status.

    Unconditional Admission Status 

    Academic proficiency for unconditional admission may be established through satisfaction of either of the following criteria:

    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (or 3.25 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) and a minimum scaled score of 150 on the verbal and a minimum scaled score of 141 on the Quantitative section of the GRE. 
    • Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum scaled score of 150 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum scaled score of 141 on the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 on 12 or more hours with no grade less than a "B".

    Conditional Admission Status

    Academic proficiency for conditional admission may be established through satisfaction of either of the following criteria:

    • A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (or 3.00 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work) and a minimum scaled score of 146 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum score of 140 on the quantitative reasoning section of the GRE, or
    • Unconditional admission to the Graduate School, a minimum scaled score of 146 on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE and a minimum score of 140 on the quantitative reasoning section minimum, and a minimum cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 on 12 or more semester hours with no more than one course with a grade of "C" and no grade less than a "C."
  • Additional Information

    Students admitted to the degree program will demonstrate professional qualities consistent with those for effective performance in academic and practice settings. An applicant who qualifies may be admitted with or without conditions. To qualify for either admissions status, an applicant must meet criteria printed in the current ASU Graduate Bulletin.

    In addition to application materials required by the Graduate School, applicants must submit: (a) all college transcripts, (b) an acceptable score on the GRE (Verbal & Quantitative Sections), and (c) a statement of educational & career aspirations. In addition, applicants must provide 4 letters of recommendation under separate cover (2 from past professors), and, if invited, appear for an interview with the degree committee.

    Application materials should be sent to:

    Arkansas State University
    Graduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 1570
    State University, AR 72467

    Phone: 870-972-2737    Fax: 870-972-3406

    Click here to complete the required online Graduate School application.