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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Students completing the 60-hour Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree are prepared and qualified to begin the process of acquiring their LMHC (License in Clinical Mental Health Counseling) or to pursue doctoral studies in counseling. Post-graduate clinical requirements, including an examination, must be met before obtaining licensure.

Admission 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 from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate GPA: minimum 3.0
  • Complete the application process
  • Background check

Step 1: Online Application

Recommended Application deadline: June 17* (Fall Start)
Recommended Application deadline: November 17* (Spring Start)
Recommended Application deadline: March 17* (Summer Start)
After all parts of your application have been completed and received in our enrollment office, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Complete the online application.

*Please note that any applications or application materials received after this deadline can’t be guaranteed admission for the semester. Availability after the deadline is dependent upon open / unfilled seats.

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Step 2: Transcript Request

Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions which you have attended. To do this, please complete the Official Transcript Request Form and fax it to 800-473-2512.

Official Transcript Request Form (263 KB)

Step 3: Reference Forms

Please contact the necessary references (these cannot be relatives) and have them complete the applicable reference form below. For your convenience, both an online and PDF version of the reference forms have been provided. If using the PDF reference forms, please email, fax or mail the completed form to:

Email a scanned copy to:
Fax: 574-372-5120; Attn: Online Admissions
Mail: Grace College, Attn: Online Admissions, 200 Seminary Dr, Winona Lake, IN 46590

Please use the relevant link below to submit references, or download the PDF version and email to or

Complete Your Spiritual Reference Form

Spiritual Life Reference

* Should be completed by a pastor or mentor involved in a local church adhering to the Christian faith.

Complete Your Professional Reference Form

Professional Reference (90 KB)

* Should be completed by a recent (within the last three years) employer, instructor, or supervisor of one year or longer.

Step 4: Background Check

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 Department of Online Education Office (address above).

Step 5: Resume

Email an up-to-date resume to In addition to employment, please include any volunteer experience relevant to the helping profession.

Step 6: Interview

Once you have completed steps 1-6, and the Department of Online Education has received all of the forms, you will be ready for a phone interview. A faculty member will contact you to schedule a personal interview.

When all of the steps have been completed, you will be advised of the Admissions Committee’s decision. The Admissions Committee may request that you submit additional materials and/or that you interview with a representative of the College.

Acceptance Process

Admission’s Requirements for Special Circumstances

  • written statement addressing how the applicant will overcome their special circumstances to achieve success as a graduate student and counselor-in-training.
  • An additional reference that provides insight into or addresses the applicant’s special circumstances.
  • Additional documentation or verification of student’s special circumstances.
  • An additional interview with a faculty member to address the applicant’s special circumstances

Admission Requirements for 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 online Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program as an Unclassified Student under the following conditions:

  • Unclassified students are eligible to take up to nine credits in the CMHC program.
  • Unclassified students are not eligible to take clinical courses in the CMHC program, including Counseling Skills, Group Counseling, Practicum, Internship, or Advanced Internship.
  • Unclassified students must submit a complete application for admission into the online CMHC program as per the graduate application process.
  • Unclassified students may be asked to provide “documentation of need” for the specific course(s) offered within the online CMHC program.  Documentation of need may include, but is not limited to, correspondence from a state licensing board indicating the courses needed for licensure (to compare with student’s transcript) and/or information from the student’s previous school showing they do not have access to certain courses through that institution.
  •  In all cases, unclassified student admission decisions will be based on the current enrollment numbers within the online CMHC program.  Registration priority will be given to full-time online CMHC students.

For more information about applying to the online CMHC program as an unclassified student, please contact the School of Professional and Online Education or call 800-823-8533.

Credit Agreement

Upon acceptance, please fill out the credit agreement at this link.

Tuition & Costs

  •  Per credit hour $568
  • Online Course Fee (per class)* $125

*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 the School of Professional and Online Education or call 800-823-8533.

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 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

Email the Office of Student Financial Aid or call 800-823-8533.

Scholarships and Loan Repayment Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many credit hours is the degree? 60 Credit Hours

2. How long will it take to complete the degree? The average time that a student takes to complete the degree is 3 years.

3. How long does each course last? The majority of the courses last only 8 weeks in length. There are a number of courses that last a full 16 weeks.

4. How long are students required to be on campus for the hybrid portions of the program? Students are required to be on campus for one week in the Fall for 3 years. This is a total of 3 residential weeks throughout the program.

5. Where do students stay during their time on campus? The Department of Online Education assists students in locating housing during this week. Students have chosen to reside in local missionary housing and hotels. Remember to ask for the Grace rate!

6. Does Grace College accept Financial Aid? Yes! Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA form. Just log onto . Remember to include Grace College’s school code – 001800. Students are notified of their financial aid award money once they have been accepted into the program. For more information please visit the Financial Aid website.

7. How many credits can I transfer into the program? Students are able to transfer a maximum of 12 credit hours of coursework into the MACMHC program. Transfer credit is defined as Graduate level coursework that has been completed at an approved institution. A student must earn at least a B- or better in each course. All transfer credit is approved by the Admissions Committee. Students may be asked to present a course syllabus or description in order to evaluate the coursework.

8. What is it like to take an online course? Online learning is exciting and convenient! Each course may be structured in a little bit different format, but usually students are guided week by week through a particular course. There are clear learning objectives and tasks to complete that are posted each week. Grace College is committed to providing you with an exceptional online learning experience.

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