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Admission to Belmont’s Mental Health Counseling, Ph.D.* requires completion of a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

For applicants whose master’s degree does not satisfy educational requirements for state license in a mental health profession, additional coursework may be required in order that the student is eligible for licensure upon graduation from the Ph.D. program*. Depending on deficiencies, this could result in an applicant’s being required to take up to an additional 21 semester hours of coursework for the Ph.D. degree. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA to maintain enrollment in the program.

This program* follows a rolling admissions process. Admissions decisions are made as applications are completed. To be considered for admission to Belmont’s Mental Health Counseling, Ph.D.* program, the applicant must:

  • Submit an application including an essay statement of professional interests and desired outcomes for participation in the program.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from individuals who are qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential for successful doctoral-level graduate work.
  • Complete an interview with the Mental Health Counseling faculty.
  • Submit a complete curriculum vitae and/or professional resume.
  • Submit official transcripts from all prior regionally accredited college-level work.
  • Submit an official GRE score no more than five years old, preferably three years or less.
  • Be proficient in the English language.*
  • Pay the graduate application fee.

Full admission will be granted only after transcripts confirming successful completion of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs are received.

Students must pass all coursework, a qualifying examination and dissertation/oral examination within specified time limits to graduate.

*International applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to take either TOEFL or IELTS.

*Pending SACSCOC approval