Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S.

Applications are considered for fall semester starts only, with a suggested deadline of January 15 of the same year. Applicants should ensure that all of the required materials are submitted by that date.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. We do not require a specific undergraduate major; however, we do look closely at your transcript to see if you have taken classes that are relevant for counseling.
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study.
  • Supplemental department Master’s degree application, sent directly to as an attachment.
  • A personal statement which defines the applicant’s motivation to seek graduate study and future career ambitions.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential and to their personal qualifications for graduate study in counseling. At least 2 of your references must be from current or former academic instructors.
    • If you graduated more than 10 years ago, references from current or former academic instructors are strongly preferred. Other references should speak to the applicant’s ability to be successful in a graduate school context with details and observations that could transfer into an academic context.
  • Resume or CV.
  • International students: TOEFL Scores, written test 600, computerized test 250, iBT test 100, IELTS 7.0, or Duolingo English Test – this requirement CANNOT be waived.
  • GRE is optional (not required)

Financial Support

  • 50% tuition scholarships for ALL accepted master’s students for 2022-2023! Affordably advance your career and impact the lives of others through new scholarship opportunities.
  • Out-of-department assistantships are frequently available to CHS students. Assistantships and other jobs in departments like the Residence Life, International Students, Academic Services, Athletic Advising, Student Success, and Career Services are posted on the Syracuse University Human Resources website. We suggest interested students look at and apply for jobs in mid-January for the following fall. While most Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Counseling and Human Services are provided for doctoral students, some are available for master’s students.
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