The mission of the Mental Health Counseling Program is to help students acquire core competencies, as well as specialized knowledge and skill, necessary to perform effectively as mental health counselors. Completion of the program will assist graduates in making applications for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC), as well as national counseling certification. The program wishes to recruit students from diverse backgrounds who demonstrate character, maturity, scholarship, leadership, church/community involvement, and interest in the counseling profession. Students participating in the Mental Health Counseling Program receive training in the theories, models, and techniques of professional counseling with specialized preparation in work with adult and child clients, their families, and other members of the behavioral healthcare team in agency, hospital, and other mental health treatment settings. Students are expected to complete supervised clinical training in approved sites.
The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
Deadlines for making application for regular admission
June 15 for Fall semester
September 15 for Spring semester
February 15 for Summer session.
Students may apply year round for review and provisional admission by the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education.
Admission to the Program
- All general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College must be met.
- The applicant must hold a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field of study as determined by the review committee, Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling, Dean of the School of Education, or Dean of Graduate Studies. The applicant must present evidence of satisfactory scholarship with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
- The applicant must supply at least two recommendations from academic or professional sources who have observed the applicant from the position of teacher, advisor, or supervisor and who are familiar with the applicant’s character, scholarship, and potential for successful graduate work.
- The applicant or student may transfer up to 15 hours of course work into the program, but any course must be determined equivalent to the course for which it would substitute. The Dean of Graduate Studies determines the transfer and substitution of coursework.
- The applicant must submit GRE scores that fall within the following ranges:
A verbal score of 146 or more and a quantitative score of 140 or more, or one of these scores on either section and a score of 2.5 on the writing assessment of the GRE General Examination, is required. The verbal and quantitative scores will not be combined.
- The applicant must attend an orientation session during the semester prior to the final determination of admission status
- Upon successful completion of 12-18 hours of graduate work taken at Mississippi College, a student should apply for admission to candidacy.
Provisional Admission to the Program
The Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education may recommend provisional admission to the program based upon a careful review of an applicant’s transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, goal statements, and other supporting materials. A personal interview may be conducted to determine the applicant’s motivation and readiness to pursue a career in professional counseling. The Dean of Graduate Studies may modify, replace, or amend regular departmental admission requirements upon recommendation from the Chair of the Department of Psychology and Counseling or the Dean of the School of Education. Ordinarily, students who are admitted on a provisional basis will satisfy general requirements for admission to the graduate school of Mississippi College before completion of the qualifying core courses and application for admission to candidacy. Provisionally admitted students must earn the grade of B in all courses completed prior to regular admission.
A minimum of 60 semester hours in qualifying, core, and specialized courses. Successful completion of the M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling also requires regular admission to the program, admission to candidacy, completion of a minimum of 900 hours in internship courses, and satisfactory performance on a comprehensive exit examination.
Qualifying Courses (18 sem. hrs.)
Common Core Courses (24 sem. hrs.)
Specialized Coursework (18 sem. hrs.)
In their last semester of enrollment, candidates for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling must complete a comprehensive exit examination based upon course work used to satisfy degree requirements. Students who have satisfied degree requirements and applied for graduation should contact their advisor, program coordinator, or department chair to schedule the comprehensive exit examination.