Clinical Mental Health Counseling Application Instructions
Fall 2016 Application Deadlines:
Applications for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling in Mental Health are accepted on an annual basis. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 cohort.
- January 15, 2016 (Early Decision) - notification by February 15
- March 15, 2016 (Regular Decision) - notification by April 15
Admission to the M.A. in Counseling degree program is competitive. Students who desire to apply are not required to have any previous educational or professional experience related to the field of counseling or psychology. They must, however, have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university by the time they enroll in a graduate course. While professional experience in counseling is not necessary, volunteer experience is strongly encouraged as a way for students to receive "first-hand" knowledge of the profession.
Applicants must submit the following information:
- APPLICATION: A completed Application for Graduate Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee (check or money order made payable to Rollins College).
- TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts of your academic work from each college or university that you have attended, including Rollins College (if appropriate), regardless of whether or not coursework from one institution is listed on another school transcript. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0+ is recommended. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to email@example.com. Do not choose the default Rollins College email address or mailing address if one is listed, as your transcript will be sent to the undergraduate admissions office.
- TEST SCORES: A current (within the last five years) official test score report from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) is required and waivers will not be granted. A score of 304+ of the GRE or 410+ on the MAT is recommended. Note: Applicants with a masters or higher degree from an accredited college/university are exempt from the admission test requirement.
- RECOMMENDATIONS: Three letters of recommendation submitted on a confidential recommendation form. Select professional and/or academic supporters who know you and can appraise your ability to pursue a graduate degree in this area. Letters should be mailed or emailed by the recommender directly to the admissions office.
- RESUME: A current resume reflecting any paid and/or volunteer experience
- ESSAY: A statement of three to five pages clarifying your expectations from graduate work. This essay should be typed and double-spaced. Please address the following questions. Note: Clearly identify each question in your essay - by number or by retyping the question - and answer each individually.
- What are your career goals?
- Why is the Rollins College Graduate Studies in Counseling program a good fit for you and your goals?
- How would people who know you well describe your interpersonal style? Please be specific.
- The Rollins Graduate Studies in Counseling program and the American Counseling Association (ACA) are known for valuing diversity and social justice for oppressed groups. The ACA Ethics Code (2014) requires that "Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against prospective or current clients, students, employees, supervisees, or research participants based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, religion/spirituality, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/ partnership status, language preference, socioeconomic status, immigration status, or any basis proscribed by law." (C.5). Further, section A.4.b. requires that "Counselors are aware of—and avoid imposing—their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. Counselors respect the diversity of clients, trainees, and research participants and seek training in areas in which they are at risk of imposing their values onto clients, especially when the counselor’s values are inconsistent with the client’s goals or are discriminatory in nature."With these ethical expectations in mind, how will you begin the process of reflecting on and addressing any personal attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, or feelings that may prevent you from working with a client or a colleague holding an identity or a social status different than your own?
- Counselor wellness and psychological fitness are crucial to effective counseling. Discuss your current practice of self-care or wellness and how you believe this practice might be useful to you in a demanding graduate program and in the mental health counseling profession.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ONLY:
- Students who have earned degrees from non-English speaking institutions should submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A score of at least 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test) is required on the TOEFL for admission.
- Students who are not American citizens must demonstrate appropriate permanent resident or visa status. Only full-time student status qualifies students for an F1 Visa.
Submit materials to:
Graduate Studies in Counseling
1000 Holt Avenue – 2725
Winter Park, FL 32789
If you have questions about the admission process, please contact:
Applications for admission are considered on the basis of the qualifications of each applicant without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Rollins College is an equal opportunity institution that adheres to a non-disciplinary policy with respect to employment, enrollment, and programs.