Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students completing the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling are prepared and qualified to seek state licensure as a professional counselor or to pursue doctoral studies in counseling. Post-graduate clinical requirements, including an examination, must be met before obtaining licensure.

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in one of the graduate programs at Grace, you must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

  • A baccalaureate degree*
  • Undergraduate GPA: minimum 3.0
  • Complete the application process
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Background Check
  • International Applicants: All application pieces must be received by the Graduate & Adult Enrollment Office by June 1

*It is highly recommended, but not required for applicants to have taken and passed at least two courses in the Behavioral Health Science discipline (i.e. Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, Counseling) before their time in the Grace College Graduate Counseling Department.

NOTICE: The GRE is not required for admissions into the Grace College Graduate Counseling program.

RECOMMENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 1 (Fall Start) & December 1 (Spring Start)

Application Deadline: August 1
After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Paper application fee: include a $30 non-refundable application fee with your application. There is no fee if you apply online!

Unless otherwise specified, submit the requested information to:
Grace College
Office of Graduate & Adult Enrollment
200 Seminary Drive
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590
Fax: 574.372.5120

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Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions which you have attended.

*For Grace College Alumni & current students: please contact our office at to see if we might already have all transcripts needed on file.

One professional reference and one spiritual life reference is required. Complete the top portion of each form and forward them to qualified individuals (not relatives) who know you well. This should be returned by your reference person directly to our Graduate and Adult Enrollment Office.

Please go to and click on "national" to request a criminal background check. This document may not automatically be sent to you. If the electronic report is made available to you when you submit your information online, please save or print it and then email to You can also mail a copy to the Graduate and Adult Enrollment Office (address above).


Please submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the Office of Graduate & Adult Enrollment (address above).  A CV elaborates on education to a greater degree than a résumé and includes a listing of any professional history including employment, academic credential, publication, contribution or significant achievement.

After receiving all of your application pieces, the Graduate Department of Counseling will contact you to schedule a personal interview with one of our faculty members.


When all of the above steps have been completed, your file will go to committee. During this process, the committee may request that you submit additional materials however, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee's decision as soon as possible.  Please feel free to contact the Admissions Counselor with any questions.

Email Graduate Admissions or call 877-607-0012.

Tuition Deposit

Submit your Tuition Deposit
A deposit of $250 is required of all graduate students accepting admission to Grace College.

Applicant Name:


2016 - 2017 Tuition and Costs

  • Per credit hour $568
  • Hybrid online add $125 tech fee per course
  • Per audit hour $191

*A minimum enrollment is required for each class. If a class does not meet minimum enrollment requirements, Grace College & Seminary reserves the right to cancel the class at the time that it is typically offered.


Email Graduate Admissions or call 877-607-0012.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid Checklist

Male citizens of the U.S. and male immigrant aliens 18 through 25 years old must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service System to be eligible for federal student loans and grants. Men can register at any post office or register online.

  • Apply and be accepted for admission to Grace College.
  • The FAFSA must be completed and mailed to the government as soon as possible after January 1st. Grace's Federal School Code is 001800. June 30th is the deadline.
  • File the FAFSA form online (preferred for Indiana residents).
  • Apply for one of our scholarships.
  • Documents or clarifying information requested by Grace College’s Office of Student Financial Aid Services must be submitted within 30 days by the student and/or parent. Notify the Student Financial Aid Office if you will be receiving any outside sources of financial aid.
  • Upon receiving the Student Aid Notification letter from Grace College, the student must carefully follow all the instructions that are listed.

Additional information about student financial aid may be secured by contacting:

Grace College & Seminary
Office of Student Financial Aid Services
200 Seminary Drive
Winona Lake, IN 46590
Telephone: 1-800-54-GRACE

Scholarship and Loan Repayment Opportunities

Unclassified Students

Applicants who are not seeking a degree but require additional or specific coursework to satisfy educational requirements related to state licensure may apply to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program as an Unclassified Student under the following conditions...

If you are currently enrolled in or have graduated from a CACREP-accredited counseling program, please submit your transcript from that institution to

Please be aware that unclassified students may take nine (9) credits only from the following courses.

  • Theological Foundations of Counseling (CPY5050) 3 credits
  • Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CPY5100) 3 credits
  • Personality & Counseling Theories (CPY5200) 3 Credits
  • Psychopathology (CPY5250) 3 credits
  • Spirituality in Counseling (CYP5480) 1 credit elective
  • Research & Program Evaluation (CPY5592) 3 credits
  • Gender & Sexuality (CPY5750) 3 credits
  • Ethical & Legal Issues (CPY6200) 3 credits
  • Contemporary Issues & Trends in Counseling (CPY6250) 1 credit elective
  • Social & Cultural Issues (CPY6500) 3 credits

In addition to the Graduate Counseling Unclassified Application, Applicants must also have a Professional Reference submitted (no family members please). To apply or for more information about taking Graduate Counseling Courses as an Unclassified Student, please visit the bottom of the Apply Now page.

Unclassified students may not take courses other than those listed above. Students currently enrolled in the CMHC program are given first priority in registering for classes and therefore not all classes will have openings for unclassified students.  Please note: those who do not have a background in behavioral science or counseling may not be successful in these graduate level courses.

IMPORTANT: Individuals applying as unclassified students are not guaranteed acceptance into CMHC courses or into the CMHC program. An applicant who has been denied acceptance to the Department of Graduate Counceling (DOGC) is not eligible to take courses in the DOGC as an unclassified student.


Email the Office of Student Financial Aid or call 800-544-7223, ext. 6162.

Email Graduate Admissions or call 877-607-0012.