Graduate Mental Health Counseling Admission Requirements

The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC) program has a two-pronged admission process. Students initially apply for admission to the degree program. Those admitted to the program must later apply for admission to the Professional Sequence for the Mental Health Counseling Program.

All materials required to support the student application process for the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling (MSMHC) degree program should be uploaded to the MSMHC student application file. 

Program Admission Requirements for Degree-Seeking Applicants

The following are the admission requirements for applicants for the MSMHC program:

  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree in a human service or social science discipline and have completed prerequisite coursework in general psychology and research methods/statistics. Applicants who are seeking admission but have not completed the prerequisite coursework must develop and submit a plan for completing the prerequisites. The plan submitted to the Admissions Committee should include provisions for demonstrating competencies in prerequisites through either completing coursework at Viterbo University or another accredited college or passing the appropriate CLEP examination. Students with deficits in coursework/ demonstrated competencies may be conditionally admitted prior to fulfilling these requirements.
  • Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 point possible scale are eligible for admission. Applicants with a lower GPA must submit a letter with their application materials outlining special circumstances to explain why they believe their undergraduate GPA does not reflect their potential and readiness for graduate studies. These applicants will be considered for admission on an individual basis for provisional acceptance into the program.
  • Applicants must take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Information about taking the MAT exam in La Crosse is available from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse at 608-785-8073. There is a fee for the exam. Information about testing sites in other locations is available on the Pearson Education website: MAT Testing Centers. Advance arrangements are necessary at all sites. Applicants will need to designate the code for Viterbo University which is #1831. This code may not be listed specifically in the existing publications from MAT. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores may be submitted in lieu of MAT scores, using Viterbo's code #1878.
  • Applicants must complete the program’s background check. While the findings from this background check may not preclude program enrollment, problematic findings are likely to restrict practicum and internship placements and complicate the successful completion of the program. In addition, such issues may preclude state licensure.
  • Applicants must have three letters of recommendation supporting their candidacy for the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling degree submitted by individuals familiar with the applicant’s educational and vocational performance and potential. The letters of recommendation are submitted to the program director: Debra Murray, Viterbo University, 900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601.
  • Applicants must submit all required materials (i.e., application, personal statement, transcripts, test scores, background check information, and recommendations). Completed applications are accepted each year depending on space availability and reviewed by the Admission Committee.
  • Qualified applicants will then be scheduled for a personal interview with program staff and complete experiential activities.