Admission Information - Divine Mercy University

M.S. Counseling Admission Information

In order to be considered for enrollment in a graduate program of Divine Mercy University, applicants must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling program within the School of Counseling (SOC).

Before you apply, please review below to ensure you qualify to apply to the M.S. In Counseling Program based on your location.

Please note that at this time, DMU is not able to accept applications from those who reside in: Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Wisconsin.  For additional state and licensure disclaimers, please scroll to the bottom. 

Divine Mercy University (DMU) is obligated to comply with other states’ laws regarding the delivery of distance education to residents of other states. For purposes of this summary, distance education includes 100% online programs, online programs that require some on-the-ground experience, certificate programs, and non-credit programs and/or courses that will be delivered to students residing outside the state of Virginia. State laws regarding distance education vary state-by-state, and even program-by-program within a state.

Please note that individuals seeking admission to multiple programs of study (i.e., M.S. Counseling and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology), must submit the separate applications specific to each individual program.

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA:
    • Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 GPA in the applicant’s major field of study, or a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credits in the applicant’s undergraduate degree.
    • In rare circumstances, applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission. An applicant with such circumstances should contact the Admissions Office directly before completing the application process.
  • Complete the application process which includes:
    • Completed Application for Admission document
    • One Recommendation Form from an Academic Reference – If you believe you may have trouble obtaining an academic reference, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss this requirement.
    • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions even if a degree was not awarded.
    • Submission of essays as noted in Application for Admission document
    • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
    • Official GRE general test scores (DMU school code 5639) within the past five years
    • $55 application fee, which the Admissions Office can choose to waive in extenuating circumstances
  • Availability for two video conference interviews after submission of all application materials.
    • Individual interview with admissions
    • Group interview with other applicants and SOC faculty
  • Applicants whose primary language is other than English please note the following:
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years, and the scores must be submitted directly to DMU by the testing agency.
      • TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based version (iBT), 250 on the computer-based version (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based version (PBT). Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, who will only make them available for up to two years from the test date. For more information, please view our catalog.
  • For applicants, whose baccalaureate degree was earned at an institution outside of the U.S. please note the following:
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must submit any international transcript(s) to a NACES approved evaluation service for a “Course-by-Course” evaluation of their transcripts. For more information, please view our catalog.
    • Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must demonstrate post-secondary education that is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE

After all application materials have been completed and received by our Admissions office, the applicant will be invited to schedule a video conference interview with admissions. Pending the outcome of the individual meeting with admissions, a group video conference interview with other applicants and the SOC faculty members will follow. If you are seeking admission to a program after the Primary Application Deadline has passed, please contact Admissions for further assistance and to inquire if additional spaces may still be available. Note that seating is limited and cohorts may fill to capacity prior to published deadlines.

For August 2017 start:

  • Application period opens – 5/16/17
  • Early application deadline – 6/23/17
  • Application Deadline –  7/28/17

Licensure Disclaimer

A license to practice is required by each state and/or jurisdiction where individuals might practice as a counselor. It is the responsibility of each STUDENT to determine the license requirements for their respective state, and to meet the requirements of their state for licensure. License laws for each state may be found by visiting each state’s licensing board website, and through the American Counseling Association website: https://www.counseling.org/knowledge-center/licensure- requirements

Obtaining a license to practice as a professional, clinical mental health counselor often involves “layers” of licensing. In some states, students can advance from one level of state licensure to the next level of licensure by meeting a higher criteria of educational and professional qualifications (for example, from Licensed Professional Counselor to Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Licensed Associate Counselor to Licensed Professional Counselor, etc.). Students are responsible for determining the licensure requirements in the state for which they intend to practice, and for meeting the various requirements to apply for a mental health practitioner license at each licensure level as defined by The DMU SOC Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the educational curricular requirements of the state of Virginia, the resident state of DMU. By virtue of alignment with industry standards for the counseling program curriculum, the CMHC program may meet the educational requirements for students’ state of residence outside of the state of Virginia. However, some states have additional educational and other requirements that are beyond the scope of the DMU program.

Disclaimer for USA Territories and Countries outside of the USA

The DMU SOC Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is designed to meet the educational curricular requirements of Virginia, within the United States of America. This program is not designed to meet licensure or certification standards for USA territories or any country foreign to the USA. By virtue of alignment with USA industry standards for the counseling program curriculum, the CMHC program may meet the educational requirements for USA territories or foreign countries; however, students are responsible for determining the licensure or certification requirements for any USA territory or foreign country in which they intend to practice.

Disclaimer for Indiana

In Indiana, counseling students must complete a course in Contextual Dimensions in order to meet the educational requirements for licensure.  To meet this requirement, DMU counseling students in the state of Indiana are required to complete an additional course: COUN 710 (Clinical Supervision and Consultation for Community Mental Health).

Additionally, counseling students in Indiana are required to complete a 900-hour internship (300 hours of which must be in advanced internship). To meet this requirement, DMU counseling students in the state of Indiana are required to complete an additional internship course: COUN 693 (Advanced Internship).

Disclaimer for Maine

In Maine, counseling students are required to complete a 900-hour internship in order to meet the educational requirements for the LCPC (Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor) credential.  To meet this requirement, DMU counseling students in the state of Maine are required to complete an additional internship course: COUN 693 (Advanced Internship).

Disclaimer for Michigan

In Michigan, counseling students must complete a course in clinical consultation in order to meet the educational requirements for licensure. To meet this licensure requirement, DMU students in the state of Michigan are required to complete an additional course in clinical supervision

Disclaimer for Minnesota

In Minnesota, the DMU CMHC program meets the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential; however, it does not meet the educational requirements for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential.

Disclaimer for Nevada

In Nevada, counseling students must complete their practicum and internship over a period of 52 weeks in order to meet the educational requirements for licensure. To meet this licensure requirement, DMU students in the state of Nevada are required to complete a third internship course (COUN 693).

Practicum/Internship Site Disclaimer

Students are responsible for finding their own “site”, under the supervision of their Director of Training and Internships, to complete their practicum and internship hours.  Please see the Program Handbook for details regarding the site approval process.  Prior to enrollment, potential students who live in remote or rural areas should consider whether or not a sufficient opportunity exists to complete their practicum and internship hours, and to do so with proper supervision.  In other words, if the nearest counseling center is 100 miles away, a student needs to carefully assess their ability to consistently complete the commute needed to complete their practicum and internship hours.  The completion of practicum and internship is mandatory for every student and cannot be waived.