Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs prepare graduates to work with clients across a spectrum of mental and emotional disorders, as well as to promote mental health and wellness. Clients may be seen individually, in couples, families, or group settings. Clinical Mental Health Counselors are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of diagnosis, treatment, referral and prevention and often work in interdisciplinary teams with other health professionals (e.g., psychiatrists, social workers, MDs). Employment opportunities may include private practice, community-based mental health centers, hospitals and other treatment centers.

Fall Application Deadline

  •     February 18 (priority). March 1, 2022 (final).

  •     Invitees will attend one of two interview days in March. Final decision  made by March 31, 2022.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Regionally Accredited American College or University, or an equivalent degree from another country as determined by the Office of Admissions
  • Undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better on a four-point scale
  • The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle only. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General test – verbal and quantitative
    *Please note that the GRE is not required for graduate assistantships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships within the College of Education, nor is it required for Graduate College fellowships. The GRE is a requirement for Special Graduate Assistantships (SGAs) offered through the Iowa Measurement and Research Foundation.
  • English Proficiency Requirements (international applicants)
  • A personal interview (in person or by telephone) with the faculty

Application Procedure

  1. Create an application account to begin the application process.
  2. Submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
  3. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password which you will use to access MyUI, our online service center for students and applicants.
  4. You will use your Admissions Profile on MyUI to upload required supplemental materials.

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  • NOTE: The GRE requirement has been suspended for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle only. Official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University’s institutional code is 6681)
  • Official TOEFL scores may be required for some non-native speakers of English
  • Current Resume
  • A statement of purpose, including a statement of your personal career objectives.
  • Three letters of recommendation*

* You will be asked to give the contact information of your recommenders, including their email, on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email with instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.


Application questions can be directed to: Sue Cline in the Office of Student Services   319/335-5260,

We look forward to receiving your application!

Employment Opportunities

The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares professional counselors to assist persons with psychiatric disabilities in particular and mental health conditions by coordinating resources and providing services in:

  • Private Practice
  • Community Agencies
  • Managed Behavioral Health Care Organizations
  • Integrated Delivery Systems
  • Hospitals
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Centers
Fall Application Deadlines
  • February 18 (priority). March 1, 2022 (final).

  • Invitees will attend one of two interview days in March. Final decision  made by March 31, 2022.

Application Questions?

Sue Cline
Office of Student Services