Applicants to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program must hold either an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university (with a 3.0 GPA in upper division classes) or a graduate degree from an accredited graduate school. Background courses in development, personality theory, and abnormal psychology or acceptable equivalents are required. These background courses may be completed at Franciscan University or at any accredited college or university of the applicant’s choice.
Applicants must earn a minimum composite score of 1000 or more on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE or a score of 40 on the MAT. However, applicants who have already completed a master’s degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or better are exempt from the GRE/MAT requirement.
You should submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office before February 1 to meet our priority deadline for admission in the fall semester:
The BA/MA 4+1 Program is open to undergraduate psychology students at Franciscan University. Second semester juniors who are majoring in psychology have the option of applying for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program and, if accepted, begin taking classes the Program in the fall of their senior year. Students are expected to submit an application for admission. Minimum GPA for early acceptance into the program is 3.3. Applications for admission must be received by April 15. Students in the 4+1 Program complete all required courses and experiences of the program.
The course of study in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program consists of 54 semester hours of classroom and experiential work, including a one-semester practicum and a two-semester internship in a public or private counseling agency. A 60-62 semester hour option is available for meeting the licensure requirements of various states.
Those who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or mental health may still pursue the graduate degree in counseling. They will, however, need nine semester hours in specific undergraduate prerequisite courses.
All students take two courses specifically focused on Christian counseling: Issues in Psychological and Spiritual Integration and Christian Counseling Approaches. Those wishing to receive a Christian Counseling Certificate will also take Marriage & Family and Pastoral Counseling.
The practicum involves both small group and individual supervision by faculty and site supervisors. Under supervision, students provide approximately 8 hours per week of professional counseling services for a total of 100 hours. The internship consists of 600 hours of professional counseling services spread over two semesters (20-25 hours per week each semester) and including 240 hours of direct service to clients.
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