Admission Requirements - MSCC 

CACREP accredited

Students wishing to be admitted to the Master of Clinical Counseling program must meet the following criteria:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  2. 18 or more hours of coursework in psychology, counseling, social work or a closely related field
  3. Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale. Exception: Applicants with undergraduate GPAs lower than 3.0 will be considered for provisional admission based upon consideration of multiple factors (for example: competitiveness of undergraduate institution, GPA in psychology courses and GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study). Students admitted provisionally will be moved to regular status if they achieve a 3.0 GPA in the first 9 hours of study. If they do not, the student will be disenrolled from the program.
  4. Criminal background check deemed acceptable by the MSCC Admissions Committee in consultation with the Missouri Division of Professional Registration
  5. Demonstration of adequate written communication skills
  6. Demonstration of appropriate interest and aptitude for counseling profession

Application Process

  1. Apply online.
  2. Send official transcripts showing a conferred baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Student-submitted transcripts or letters of recommendation are not accepted. Please direct your transcript request(s) and recommendation authors to send the documents directly to
  4. Complete a criminal record check. You must have already completed the application to the program. To initiate this process, applicants must first complete the criminal record check waiver and privacy form and return it to the MSCC Program by email ( You may also send it to admissions at Upon receipt of the waiver, you will be provided the instructions needed to complete a criminal record check; the approximate cost to the applicant is $53.
  5. Submit a double-spaced, one-page written statement on each of the following three topics:
    1. Describe personal and professional experiences and interests that have brought you to pursue a career in counseling.
    2. After you obtain a master’s degree in counseling, what are your professional career goals?
    3. Culture is our “way of being” and how we perceive the world. Cultural diversity refers to the shared language, beliefs, values, norms, and behaviors that are experienced across generations (Schaefer, 2006). Examples of cultural diversity may include one’s language, race, sexual orientation, identity, gender, religion, age, ability, and ethnicity. Provide an explanation of your personal understanding of cultural diversity and include experiences you have had with diversity and what you learned about yourself.
  6. Submit two reference letters from either clinical or academic professionals.
    1. These letters MUST ADDRESS both your future potential as a graduate student and a clinician.
    2. Authors of the recommendation letters may include, but are not limited to, undergraduate professors, academic advisors, and clinical supervisors. Letters submitted by personal friends or acquaintances will not be accepted. Authors professional title should be included in the letter.

  7. Deadlines and Process
    1. January 15th Priority deadline: all completed applications received by this date will receive a competitive review and the first 15 to 20 will be notified by the 30th of January about their enrollment in the next years cohort.
    2. April 30th final deadline: All remaining completed applications will receive a competitive review and at this time only open slots will be filled, and applicants will be notified by the 15th of May.
    3. Upon receipt and review of all information and supporting documents by the MSCC Admissions Committee, applicants will be notified of their admission status by mail. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to anyone who does not meet the identified standards for admission.

Items 2, 3, 5 and 6, above should be emailed to: or mailed to CGES Admissions Office, Central Methodist University, 411 Central Methodist Square, Fayette, MO 65248.