How to Apply-Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Learn more about how to apply for Seattle University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program.

The application deadline Is February 1.

Application Review Process and Timeline

Applications must be complete with all application materials received by February 1 in order to be reviewed. Please note that the cohort begins every fall quarter.

International students should review the international admissions page for more information on deadlines, additional requirements and more.

International Admissions Information

Application Timeline for Fall 2025 Admissions

Date* Application Process
February 1 Application Submitted (with all required materials)
February 12 - 21 Application review by faculty committee
March 4 - 8 Admissions Interviews
March 11 - 27 Final review by faculty
March 27 -  April 5 Notification of admission
Within 2 weeks of receiving your offer Decision Deadline - candidates acceptance due date

*Dates are approximate and subject to change.

  1. STEP 1

    Start the Process

    1. Research the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to see if it’s right for you.
    2. Review Admissions Dates & Deadlines
      • Please submit your completed application (including both recommendations and complete transcripts received by Seattle University) by the application deadline to ensure consideration for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling cohort and institutional aid scholarships. 
        • Incomplete applications or applications received after the deadline may not be reviewed.
      • Applicants with international transcripts should plan to get materials in 4-6 weeks before the deadline in order to make sure they can be received and reviewed in time for program consideration.

    Attend An Info Session

    This is an opportunity learn about our program and gain insights into the admissions process as well as connect with our faculty/staff and get your questions answered.

  2. STEP 2

    Begin Your Application

    Once you start an application you will be able to save your progress and will not have to complete it all at once.

    The Clinical Mental Health Counseling application includes the following elements: 

    1. Letter of Intent
    2. Résumé
      • A one-to-two-page professional résumé documenting education, professional and volunteer experience.
    3. Two College of Education Recommendation Forms 
      • Choose from supervisors or instructors who are familiar with your work and your interpersonal skills. 
      • Do not choose peers, friends or therapists.  
      • Once you've started your application, you will add their email address and they will receive a link to the evaluation form. The form should only take them 15 minutes to fill out. 
        • These forms are what are evaluated – please do not include letters of recommendation.
    4. College of Education Self-Evaluation Form
      • In the application you will be asked to complete a self-evaluation of your skills and aptitudes as they pertain to graduate school.
    5. Bachelor’s Degree
      • Evidence of a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
    6. Minimum of 3.00 GPA
      • As calculated from the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, or post-graduate work, including transfer credits  
      • Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary. 
      • The Counseling Program does not require the GRE. However, applicants from non-graded bachelor's degree programs must submit GRE scores. 
    7. Official Transcripts 
      • Submit official transcripts for undergraduate coursework and all additional endorsement-related courses to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
      • Transcripts may be mailed or submitted electronically to
      • Applicants may be accepted to the program with unofficial transcripts. Once accepted to the program, students will need to submit official transcripts within their first quarter of enrollment.  

    Start Your Application Today

    You will be able to save your progress while completing your application and will not have to complete it all at once.

  3. STEP 3

    Finish Your Application

    1. Submit your application
      • Make sure you hit “Submit” on your application. 
      • Submitted applications are only considered complete once all application materials have been received including your recommendation forms.  
    2. Group Interview
      • If selected, you will receive an email invitation to a group interview with Clinical Mental Health Counseling faculty and other applicants within six weeks of the application deadline. 
  4. STEP 4

    Check Your Application Status

    1. Check Your Status    
      • You can login here to check the status of your application anytime.
    2. Monitor your email
      • Make sure to regularly check the email you listed on your application for updates, including your admission decision.
      • Applicants should review the application timeline for information on when to expect an admission decision.

Additional Application Information

A maximum of 10 credits may transfer to the program on a 1:1 basis from a CACREP accredited university. The transfer credit evaluation process begins after a student has been enrolled into the Seattle University program, and at that time the assessment will be made which credits (if any) will transfer. Students can start their Petition for Exception to Policy (PEP) process by meeting with their advisor post-enrollment. More details about graduate transfer policies can be found here.  Please note that credits may not transfer to Seattle University if they do not meet the specified requirements. 

Applicants whose academic credentials are below the expected prerequisite course work, grade point average and/or test scores of those typically accepted to specific programs, but who through other means convey the potential for academic success, warrant offers of provisional or probationary admission. Probationary admission involves a specific time limit during which the student is expected to achieve the minimum GPA noted at the time of admission. When this condition is fulfilled, the department usually recommends advancement of regular graduate student status.

International students can learn more about additional international requirements beyond the general application here.

Get In Touch

If you have any questions about the program or application, we’re here to help!

Diana Calderon

Admissions Counselor

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