M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admissions Requirements

Welcome, Prospective Students!

The M.Ed. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) 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: US 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. For more information about admissions to the Lamar University Graduate Studies, click here.

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.org application.

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


Submit transcripts electronically to luadmtran@lamar.edu

GPA Requirements for the CMHC Program:

  • For admission consideration, applicants must have an undergraduate or cumulative* GPA of 3.25 or higher for admission consideration.

*i.e. cumulative GPA = GPA that is the result of the combination of completed undergraduate and master's degree

Admissions Step 2 - Department Application and Reference

Complete and submit the Departmental Application: 24-48 hours after submitting your Apply Texas application, you should receive an automated email with a link and instructions to complete the Department Application or you can click here if you have already applied: 


The Department Application includes:

  • Important information about the CMHC program and licensure acknowledgement
  • Professional Informed Consent
  • Essays: Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their 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 Apply TX 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 our prospective students' attention to detail and commitment to their counseling career goals.

Additional Admission Information (All Programs):

  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their 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 your are applying to in the past 6 years. We will review your academic progress in the program and the appropriate admissions decision will be based on your academic standing.
  • Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.
  • 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 reapply to the program through ApplyTexas.org for the next available start date.

Please click here for a list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for online programs.

Please note that starting the program on the third 5-week start date in Fall and Spring or the second 5-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 student entrance or recommend termination of a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.

Graduate Admissions Appeal Process