M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admissions Requirements

Welcome, Prospective Students!

The M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Lamar University gives you the skills and knowledge to provide clinical counseling to a broad population in a range of settings. The program also includes intensive practicum and internship experiences. The following is an overview of the admissions process. Please read through all the information listed here before applying.

Online Programs: U.S. citizens or permanent residents (international students are ineligible for this program)

Please see more information below and for additional information, visit our Admissions FAQs

Admissions Step 1 – University Application and Transcripts

Complete the Application Form via ApplyTexas and pay a one-time application fee of $25. Find out more information about admissions to the Lamar University Graduate Studies. 

Submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts are required from each institution you list on your ApplyTexas application.

Mail to: Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710, or

Submit transcripts electronically to gradadmissionsedu@lamar.edu.

Admissions Step 2 – Department Application and Reference

Complete and submit the departmental application 24-48 hours after submitting your ApplyTexas application, you should receive an automated email with a link and instructions to complete the department application or you can redirect if you have already applied.

The department application includes:

  • Important information about the CMHC program and licensure acknowledgement
  • Professional informed consent
  • Essays: You will have the opportunity to discuss your career goals and motivation for pursuing Clinical Mental Health Counseling through structured essay questions
  • Your professional reference that you list on the department application will be contacted directly via email with instructions for completing the reference form. If your reference does not receive the automated email, please contact cospadmissions@lamar.edu.

Department application essay and reference are due by noon 10 business days after the ApplyTexas Deadline – Critical Dates and Deadlines 

Our department application process is designed to meet the goal of recruiting, enrolling and graduating a high-quality, diverse student population. The Admissions Committee appreciates your attention to detail and commitment to your counseling career goals.

Additional Admission Information (All Programs):

  • It is your responsibility to confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in your home state. Admissions applications may be denied at the department level if it is determined that the chosen program will not meet a state’s standards.
  • Returning students: you are not required to re-submit department application documents if you have completed at least one course in the program you are applying to in the past six years. We will review your academic progress in the program and the appropriate admissions decision will be based on your academic standing.
  • Incomplete department application packets will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Applicants who do not complete all application components within the semester initially applied for must re-apply to the program through ApplyTexas for the next available start date.

A list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for online programs is available. 

Please note that starting the program on the third five-week start date in Fall and Spring or the second five-week start date in Summer means that the first class is not financial aid eligible. 

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse entrance or recommend termination after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, you demonstrate unacceptable professional fitness to practice in your particular field of study with children, youth and/or adults.

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