Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.E.)

The University of Dayton Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares you for success in community-based and private counseling settings. We embrace a holistic approach to working with individuals, families and communities, and you will learn to use leading methodologies to practice effectively in any environment.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is approved by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, and accredited by CACREP. Our courses are also available at the University of Dayton's Dublin Campus, outside of Columbus.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement regarding career goals and aspirations.
  4. Results from the GRE or MAT are required for applicants with an undergraduate grade-point average below 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Applicants must have attained an undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.  Applicants who have less than a 2.75 cumulative GPA may be admitted if they achieve a raw score of 40 or higher or a scaled score of 396 or higher on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or scaled scores of 149 or higher on the verbal ability and 4.0 or higher on the analytical writing sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).  For tests administrations prior to August 1, 2011, a scaled score of 430 or higher on the analytical ability section is required.  

Once an applicant has successfully met the required admission criteria outlined above, there will be a faculty review. Following faculty review of these materials, the applicant may be invited to interview with department faculty.

Application Deadlines

  • Summer deadline: November 10
  • Fall deadline: January 10

Admission Resources