• Admission Criteria

    Applicants for the graduate program in Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family (CCMF) must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A committee made up of Clinical Counseling & Marriage and Family Program (CCMF) faculty will make admissions decisions based upon a comprehensive review of applicants. The degree-seeking student will submit an application (including the required fee) electronically. There are two options in the CCMF Program to select from:

    • Students may choose the option for the M.A. in Clinical Counseling and Marriage & Family.
    • Students have the option to complete the Dual Degree: M.A. in the CCMF Program and M.A. in Family Ministry from Logsdon Seminary. Applicants do not have to apply to both programs, but this option must be selected for proper processing of the application by both the CCMF and Family Ministry Programs. Applicants must be admitted to both programs to obtain the dual degree.

    Students may pursue both the LPC and the LMFT in either the M.A. in CCMF or Dual degree. The electronic application on the HSU website is sent to the Office of Graduate Studies and processed. All required items must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office, or if applicable, uploaded to the applicants account before the completed application will be sent to the CCMF Program for review.

    Required Items (Academics)

    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. The following are minimal recommendations to be considered for admissions to the CCMF Program:
    • A grade point average of 3.0 overall (undergraduate) or a 3.2 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
      • A grade point average of 3.0 overall (undergraduate) or a 3.2 for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
      • Twelve undergraduate hours in psychology or a related field are required perquisites.
    • If an applicant does not have the required overall grade point average or for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, the GRE test may be taken. The following are minimal recommendations to be considered for admissions to the CCMF Program:
      • A Verbal Reasoning score of 152
      • A Quantitative Reasoning score of 149
      • An Analytical Writing score of 3.9
    • Three letters of recommendation from references that can validate your potential for graduate study in counseling, as well as your appropriateness for the counseling profession.
    • A writing sample will be required either before an interview or at the time of the interview (if applicant is invited for interview).

    Applicants will apply and send all required items in by the semester deadline for entrance. Faculty will review all required components for each applicant, and those who are to be considered for admissions will be invited to campus for an interview with CCMF Program faculty. A completed application does not guarantee an interview.


    Interviews may be in both group and/or individual format. Social interaction skills, questions focused on a) interest and motivation for a career as a licensed therapist, b) related work and life experience, c) awareness of applicants own issues related to family and personal growth, and, d) integration of spirituality in counseling may be covered in the interview. Upon completion of the interviews, admission decisions will be made based on a comprehensive review of all admissions information. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.

    Deadlines and Decisions
    • All applicants who submit the required application documents by the initial deadline, March 1 for fall admission or October 1 for spring admission, will be given priority. After these dates, applications will be considered until available openings in the CCMF program are filled.
    • Applicants will be notified between March 15 and August 1 for fall admission and between October 15 and December 5 for spring admission.

    The HSU application must be completed online. All other application materials including official transcripts (may not be uploaded), letters of recommendation, and writing sample may be uploaded with the application or sent to:

    Office of Graduate Studies
    Hardin-Simmons University
    Box 16210
    Abilene, TX 79698

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