Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling
Looking for a way to give back to your community? Have you always dreamed of a career where you play an intricate role in helping people heal and grow? With a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Indiana University Kokomo, you’ll be on your way to licensure, acquiring the theoretical foundation and real-world experience you need to make a difference. This 60-credit-hour program designed with evening classes and flexible scheduling will prepare you to work in a variety of counseling settings, including therapy with children and families, working with issues of addiction and recovery, career counseling, and a variety of other presenting problems.
The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling combines rigorous coursework with the required clinical experience you’ll need to earn your license to become a mental health counselor. During your time here, you’ll have instruction on a variety of subjects including psychopathology, individual and group counseling, personality theory, and applicable laws and regulations. This hybrid program, developed in cooperation with IU East, will take place so that you will attend one of the three campuses for your face-to-face courses and join with students from the other campuses for your online courses.
To foster community, you’ll work alongside a cohort of 20 students for two years to achieve this degree. Classes start in the fall semester on even years. To complete the coursework and the 1,000 required hours of clinical experience, you will need to be available for six straight semesters beginning in the fall term and continuing each spring and summer until program completion. Assistance will be available to help you find a placement to complete your clinical hours. We have internship agreements with six locations throughout central Indiana to assist you with placement but we are always open to developing others.
Steps to Apply
The M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program admits new students every two years during even calendar years. Our next group of students will be admitted to the program to begin in the Fall of 2022. Applications can be submitted beginning November 1, 2021 with a deadline of March 31, 2022.
Applications are reviewed as a rolling admission process, though, we begin reviewing applications in March or April and continue until the cohort is full. While evaluating applications, we are looking for applicants with strong interpersonal skills and strong academic credentials and will base our decision on a combination of grade point average (minimum of a 3.0 in most cases), the strength of psychology preparation, letters of recommendation, and your personal statement. The Graduate Record Exam is optional.
Below is a list of what you'll need to do to apply for this program:
- Complete an application via the online portal.
- Pay the $40 application fee through the application
- Submit three letters of recommendation: It is recommended that at least two of the letters be from professors who have a good knowledge of your academic performance and potential.
- Official transcript(s): A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a suggested minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in your undergraduate major, is expected. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may still be considered if other admission criteria warrant their consideration. You should have a degree in psychology or a related field such as education, communication, or humanities. However, students who did not major in psychology need to have completed at least 15 credit hours of psychology courses in order to apply. While no specific courses are required, it is recommended that you have taken a general psychology course, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology.
- Provide a personal statement: The personal statement should clearly explain your relevant educational background and the reasons you wish to pursue a degree in mental health counseling.
- Please note: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is optional for admission to the program, and the psychology subject test is not required. Please only take the general GRE test. You may submit recent (that is, no more than five years old) results of the GRE general exam. IU Kokomo's GRE code is 1337. Acceptance will not be based entirely on the GRE score, but could supplement your application. For information about the GRE and potentially qualifying for a fee reduction, please visit this GRE website.
Please send hard copies of your official transcripts to Rosalyn Davis, Ph.D. at the following address:
Main Building, KO 211D
2300 S. Washington Street
Kokomo, IN 46904-9003
Looking for more details on the kinds of courses you’ll be taking? For the most current requirements for this degree, please visit our Academic Bulletin. You can also check out the curriculum and answers to frequently asked questions.
If you have questions about this program, reach out to our faculty and staff. Your first point of contact for program-specific questions is the Director of the Mental Health Counseling program, Rosalyn Davis, Ph.D.