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Admission Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Application for Admission (online or PDF)
  • Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts (in a sealed envelope) from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies or successful completion of another master’s degree. Applicants who do not meet this academic requirement will be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For admission purposes, only the writing assessment of the GRE is evaluated. This section of the exam assesses writing and critical thinking skills which are essential attributes for the professional counselor. Applicants will be considered to have met the GRE requirement if they obtain a score of 4.5.
  • Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant''s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program.
  • Interview with a faculty member of the Department of Counseling and Development.
  • Pass a spontaneous writing sample at admissions interview.
  • If you hold a degree from outside the United States your official records of all post-secondary education must be translated by an approved organization such as World Education Services (WES). You may purchase this translation by contacting WES, www.wes.org or telephone at 1-800-937-3895. Request a course-by-course translation with conversion of all grades into a U.S.4- point scale with U.S. degree equivalencies. This translation must be received by the Office of Admissions in an envelope sealed by WES.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required of all applicants whose native language is not English. The TOEFL or IELTS is generally not required of candidates who have studied for at least two years at an accredited high school or post-secondary institution where English is the only method of instruction, unless there is a need for additional evidence of proficiency in English upon review of other academic credentials. The minimum TOEFL score for admission: 79 Internet-based score (197 computer based, 527 paper-based score) or minimum IELTS score for admission: 6.0 (effective Spring 2012)
  • Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have at least 10 years work related experiences beyond their degree and/or have been involved in extraordinary life experiences are eligible to apply to the graduate counseling programs. At the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Counseling and Development, the GRE will be waived.

Send application materials to:
Graduate Admissions
LIU Brentwood
Michael J. Grant Campus
1001 Crooked Hill Road
Brentwood, N.Y. 11717