Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Applications for admission to the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program are considered on a rolling basis, and those admitted may begin the program in August or January. Students intending to complete the fully remote option at a full-time pace can begin the program in the fall semester.

We strongly encourage you to complete your application at least two weeks before your desired start. If you are within two weeks of when you would like to begin the program, don’t hesitate to contact for assistance, and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Applicants who possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university will be considered for admission pending a review of the following requirements:

  • Lebanon Valley College graduate online application
  • An official transcript from your undergraduate college or university showing a minimum college GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale); any applicants not meeting this standard will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Official transcripts should be signed and sealed by the issuing school and mailed to the Graduate Admission Office.
    • Secure, electronic delivery to is also available.
    • If requesting graduate transfer credit, official transcripts from the relevant graduate institution/s are also required.
    • Institutions outside of the United States must be recognized as a degree-granting institution in its home country. A course-by-course evaluation of all foreign university transcripts by an independent service based in the United States is required. World Education Services (WES) and SpanTran Evaluation Services are two suggested evaluators. Please have your official evaluation sent directly to Lebanon Valley College.
  • A personal statement (maximum 500 words) focused on your long-term goals in the counseling profession and how LVC’s program will help you reach those aspirations.
  • A current professional résumé.
  • 2 professional or academic references.
    • References will be asked to complete an online reference form provided by LVC. Separate letters of recommendation are not required.
  • GRE scores are not required, but applicants may—at their option—submit them for consideration.

The most qualified applicants, based on a review of the above admission standards, will be invited for a personal interview; a final admission decision will be made after the interview.

Application materials can be uploaded in the Graduate Application Portal, submitted to, or mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Lebanon Valley College
101 North College Avenue
Annville, PA 17003


Transfer Credits

For students who want to transfer graduate credits into LVC’s program during the application process, those credits must have been earned through a CACREP-accredited program, with any transfer-course grade being no lower than a “B.” Also, students can only transfer a maximum of 15 credits, and transfer credits will not be accepted for PSY 701, 750, 711, 712, 870, 880, or 881. See courses on our Degree Requirements page.