All application materials should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions via the online Graduate Application. Use the graduate admission checklist to get started. To ensure timely receipt of your application, it is advised to submit all materials at least one week before the deadline.

  • Deadlines
    Fall Admissions Only: Apply by February 15, 5 p.m. EST
  • Requirements
    • GPA: A minimum of 3.2 or better for the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work is required. Applicants with a completed master’s degree or higher who do not meet the undergraduate GPA will have their graduate GPA considered if it is a 3.2 or higher.
    • GRE: Not Required
    • Applicant Statement/Letter of Intent: Autobiographical sketch required
    • Letters of Recommendation: Required, 3 Letters
    • Additional Requirements:
      • Resume
      • Interview by the Admissions Committee (applicant will be contacted by committee if selected)
      • Non-psychology majors must take additional credits - see below
    • Graduate Transfer Credit: Graduate students may request transfer of credit toward their degree program. The program may accept up to 20% of the required total coursework in graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor’s degree, subject to approval of the Program Director. Courses considered for external institution transfer credit must be from a CACREP-accredited program. Students must meet with their advisors and make this request for transfer of credit immediately upon acceptance to the program. Read the Official University Policy on Graduate Transfer Credit for conditions of acceptance.

    For additional requirements, consult the Graduate Catalog.

    Requirements for Majors from Other Fields

    Students seeking admission to the major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an "out-of-field major" are required to successfully complete 9 hours of prerequisite psychology courses prior to acceptance.  The student should consult with an advisor with reference to these courses. Required prerequisite courses for "out-of-field" majors applying for admission to the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include:

    • An introductory course in Psychology (e.g., PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology)
    • A course in either:
      Educational Psychology (e.g., EDP 3004 Educational Psychology), or
      Abnormal Psychology (e.g., CLP 4146 Abnormal Psychology), or
      Personality Theories (e.g., PPE 3003 Personality Theory)
    • A Research/Statistics course (e.g., STA 2122  Research-Statistics)

     The course numbers of the above prerequisite courses are those used at FIU. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a "C" in each course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all courses taken.

  • Funding

Given the unique nature of the field of counseling requiring mastery of cognitive skills and demonstration of relevant and appropriate interpersonal skills, the faculty retains the right to "counsel out" of the program and/or not recommend for internship placement any student whose level of interpersonal competence is considered incompatible with that required for effective functioning as a practitioner in counseling.

Once admitted, students are responsible for meeting regularly with their program advisors and tracking their academic progress throughout the program. Students are bound by high ethical standards and a degree can be revoked if academic dishonesty or fraudulence is discovered.

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