Clinical Mental Health Counseling M.S. Admission

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

Admission Requirements

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


A Completed Graduate Application

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required.


Official transcripts, reflecting the following:

  • A conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

Official Transcripts may be sent electronically or by mail, directly from the school of attendance, in a sealed envelope to:

Wilmington University
Office of Admissions
320 N Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

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.


A Statement of Goals

Thoughtfully complete your Statement of Goals by answering two Thought Questions. Please submit your Statement of Goals in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal.

Your answers must be in essay format, typed, and double spaced. Both the content of your answers and your ability to write are being evaluated, so proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling are important.

Please address the following 2 thought questions. Each question requires a minimum of 1 ½ double spaced pages (8 ½ x 11 inches) typed.

I. State thoughtfully why you want to pursue a career in clinical mental health counseling. Identify your personal and professional goals related to this decision.

II. Discuss how your life experiences have shaped you for a career in counseling. How have your personal experiences prepared you to deal with human and social problems? What has been the contribution of your family and your friends to your experiences? How do your personal values relate to the values of the profession of Clinical Mental Health Counseling?

Since we do not require standardized test scores as a criteria for admissions, your responses to these questions will weigh significantly in the initial screening process. Responses must meet the minimum of 1 ½ pages per question to be considered. Please give careful attention to the quality of the content, writing mechanics, and organization of thought.


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


A Current Résumé

Please upload a current résumé in either a word document or PDF in your Admissions Portal.


A Retention Statement

Read the Retention Statement, then electronically sign it through your Admissions Portal.


A C.M.H.C. Digital-Hybrid Program Explained Document

Read the C.M.H.C. Digital-Hybrid Program Explained document, then electronically sign it through your Admissions Portal.

Make sure to complete the C.M.H.C. Digital Delivery Survey in the document above.


International Students

If you are an international student, please visit International Admissions for additional information.

Admissions Process

The C.M.H.C. program has a two-stage admissions process. The first stage consists of an in-depth evaluation of the completed application materials by the C.M.H.C. admissions committee.

Applicants who have met the C.M.H.C. 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 C.M.H.C. 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 C.M.H.C. program adheres to the competitive enrollment standards required by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Before entering the C.M.H.C. 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 C.M.H.C. program admissions policies and procedures agreement, and attend a required orientation meeting.

Questions Most Frequently Asked by C.M.H.C. Applicants

Have Questions? Let us help!

Our Enrollment and Engagement Counselors can guide you through the application process, admissions requirements, funding options and more, so you can build the WilmU education plan that works for you.