Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. Admission

The M.S. in Community Counseling program has changed to M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling for all students who applied for admission in 2011 or thereafter.

The CMHC program accepts candidates annually. Cohorts begin Summer Block 1. To be considered for the CMHC program, applicants must submit all application and supporting documents by February 1 of the same calendar year. 

For consideration and admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, applicants should submit:

1. A Graduate Application

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required.


2. Official transcripts

  • Electronically or   
  • Send directly from the school of attendance in a sealed envelope to:
    Wilmington University      
    31 Read's Way      
    New Castle, DE 19720-6491

Any transcripts from institutions outside of the United States require an official course-by-course evaluation by a approved agency.

Note: In order to receive financial aid official transcripts must be on file.

3. Typed responses to two required thought questions*

4. Two letters of recommendation

  • Completed by individual references who can attest to an applicant's aptitude for graduate-level study, openness to self-reflection, and personal and professional self-development.
  • Recommendations are to be requested through the Admissions Portal

5. A current resume

6. A signed copy of the CMHC Program Retention statement*

7. Read and sign the CMHC Digital-Hybrid Program Explained document, then submit it through your Admissions Portal.

8. If you are an international student, please click here for additional information

* All referenced documents can be found in the application materials above (except the CMHC Digital-Hybrid Program Explained document) and should be submitted through your Admissions Portal.

Please send all documents to:

Wilmington University
Office of Graduate Admissions
Attn: Ellen Prichard
31 Read's Way
New Castle, DE 19720

The CMHC program has a two-stage admissions process. The first stage consists of an in-depth evaluation of the completed application materials by the CMHC admissions committee. Applicants who have met the CMHC program standards on all of the admissions application packet materials will then be invited to continue the second stage of the admissions application process by attending on-campus interviews (group and individual) with the admissions committee. Decisions regarding final acceptance are made by the CMHC admissions committee following these interviews.

Successful applicants typically have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better, documented work or volunteer experience in a "helping endeavor", excellent references, very good interpersonal awareness and communication skills, and have articulated a compelling interest in the profession of mental health counseling.

The CMHC program adheres to the competitive enrollment standards required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Before entering the CMHC program, an applicant must complete all steps of the admissions process, receive formal notification of acceptance into the program, submit a signed copy of the CMHC program admissions policies and procedures agreement, and attend a required orientation meeting.

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