Admission Process Overview

  • Application due date to apply for the 2022-2023 academic year – January 7th
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Applicants will be notified by email if they are selected for an on-campus interview.
  • Email invitations for interviews will be sent between February 5th and the 12th.
  • Interviews for select candidates usually happen at the end of March through early April every year
  • Interviews usually last 15 - 30 minutes and include a list of questions about the candidate's background, interest in the program, and preparation to complete a rigorous program.
  • All applicants will be notified by email regarding final admission decisions by March 1st.
  • Decisions will be sent by mail or email from the Graduate School. Please do not request early notification about admission decisions.
  • Please note that we anticipate having more applicants than available placements in the CMHC program. Submitting an application will not guarantee placement in the CMHC program

How to Apply

To apply to the CMHC program, submit a completed application to the UVU Recruit system by clicking on Apply Now.

Application Materials Required*

  1. A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university
  2. A cumulative GPA of at least 3.4
    1. Or a last 60 credits GPA 3.4 or higher 
    2. Or Major GPA of 3.4 or higher 
      1. If a or b above are true, you will need to make your GPA explicit in your letter of application and how it was computed
  3. Three letters of recommendation (one should be academic, one should be professional, and the third may be either)
    • Applications will submit Recommender Names and Email Addresses.
    • Recommenders will be asked to indicate their relationship to the applicant.
    • Recommenders will speak to the applicant's academic readiness for the CMHC program, ethical behavior, interpersonal skills, and potential to work with diverse clients.
    • Recommenders will attach a letter in .pdf or .docx format.
  4. Completion of the following courses (or closely related courses) during undergraduate studies is required:
    • General or Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Intro to Counseling (or equivalent, e.g. Clinical Skills, Listening Skills, etc.)
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics
  5. Research and volunteer experience is preferred (please document in CV or resume, and discuss in the application letter).
  6. CMHC Curriculum Vita: Applicants need to submit a copy of their current Curriculum Vita (CV). The CV should include:
    • Educational and practical experiences related to professional helping. These experiences could include things like psychoeducation, mentoring, or volunteer work with vulnerable populations.
    • Specific experiences, skills and/or preparation that demonstrate commitment to working with diverse populations.
    • This document needs to be in .doc, docx, or .pdf format
  7. CMHC Letter of Application/Personal Statement/CV Explanation:
    • For this letter consider introducing yourself to the admissions committee, and include the following elements
      • An explanation of relevant experiences listed on the CV.
      • Personal and professional experiences that led to an interest in CMHC.
      • Skills gained that will lead to success as a student in a CMHC graduate program.
      • Interactions with diverse populations that created a foundation for training in CMHC.
      • Specific interest in CMHC at UVU.
      • This document needs to be in .doc, docx, or .pdf format
  8. The university charges a $45 USD application fee.

*The UVU CMHC admissions committee reserves the right to consider modifying some prerequsites if a candidate demonstrates extraordinary potential.


Application FAQs

What is the required GPA?

At least 3.4

Are there prerequisite courses?

Completion of the following courses (or closely related courses) during undergraduate studies is required: General or Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Intro to Counseling (or equivalent, e.g. Clinical Skills, Listening Skills, etc.), Research Methods, and Statistics.

Is the GRE required?

The GRE is not required.

What if I have been out of school for a while?

Many of our applicants have been out of school for a while. We find that this is a profession in which the personal and professional experiences of non-traditional students can be a significant asset. You are eligible to apply if you have completed a bachelor's degree.

One of the challenges faced by applicants who have been out of school for a while is finding at least two academic letters of recommendation, which are required. You may want to consider talking with former professors who remember you and could write an excellent letter of recommendation. You may also consider reaching out to professors who are looking for people to join their research team. Working with a professor gives them an opportunity to write a letter describing your professionalism, dependability, interpersonal skills and overall readiness for graduate school.

How many letters of recommendation will I need?

Three letters of recommendation (one academic and one professional) are required.

What does the typical UVU applicant pool look like?

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Can I transfer into this program from another graduate program?

We do accept transfers. We can accept up to 15 credits from another program if we also offer those courses. Remedial coursework may be assigned based on the program director's recommendation.

Things to Consider Before you Apply


This program administration will work towards accreditation. If a student graduates within the previous two years, they are counted as having graduated from an accredited program. Regardless, we designed this program to meet licensure requirements in the State of Utah so graduates who complete the requirements of the program will qualify. The Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing will ask the applicant for verification of coursework and clinical hours in order to grant a CMHC license until the program is accredited fully which the student will be able to supply if they complete this program.


Each state's professional licensing board establishes minimum education and experience expectations, which a program or graduate must meet to establish eligibility for a license in that state. Each state's licensing requirements are requirements are unique to that state; some states have similar requirements and other states vary greatly.

The UVU CMHC Program is designed only to meet education and experience requirements for provisional licensure in Utah. Any applicant intending to pursue licensure in a state other than Utah should note that the licensing process in another state could require additional coursework and/or clinical hours. It is each applicant' responsibility to compare licensing requirements in the state they wish to pursue a license to the courses offered and hours required by the UVU CMHC program.