Master of Arts: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Application Deadlines

Applications for the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are accepted on an annual basis.

  • Early Decision: January 17
  • Regular Decision: March 15
  • Applications received after the regular decision deadline will be considered on a space available basis

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. However, they must 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.

Application Instructions

The following items will be required to complete your Application file:

  • APPLICATION: A completed Application for Graduate Admission with a $50 non-refundable application fee. Credit card, check or money order made payable to Rollins College.
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts from the bachelors or master’s degree granting college or university institution. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0+ is recommended. Official electronic transcripts may be sent to
  • TEST SCORES: We do not require standardized graduate entrance exams.
  • RECOMMENDATIONS: Two (2) letters of recommendation are required to be submitted via the online application process. Please identify professional and/or academic supporters who know you and can appraise your ability to pursue a graduate degree in this area. Recommendation letters are confidential and will be received electronically via the online application.
  • RESUME: A current resume reflecting current position and/or volunteer experience submitted through the online application. 
  • ESSAY: A statement of three to five (3-5) pages clarifying your expectations from graduate work.  This essay should be typed and double-spaced submitted via a Word or PDF document through the online application. 

    1. Why is the Rollins College Graduate Studies in Counseling program a good fit for you and your career goals?
    2. How would people who know you well describe your interpersonal style? Please be specific.
    3. 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?
    4. 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.


  • We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as part of the application process.  Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or DET (Duolingo English Test).  A score of 550 (PBT), 213 (CBT), 80 (IBT) on the (TOEFL), an overall band score of a 6.5 or higher on the (IELTS) to indicate adequate proficiency or 110 or higher on the DET.d 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.
  • Any student that submits a foreign college/university transcript is responsible for having these transcripts sent through an evaluation service for translation.  Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. and WES may be used for evaluation services.

If you have questions about the Graduate Studies admission process, please contact:

Phone: 407-646-2037

Graduate Studies in Counseling
Rollins College | 
Hamilton Holt School
1000 Holt Avenue – 2725
Winter Park, FL 32789


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.