Admission Process Overview

  • Applications to apply for the 2024-2025 academic year will open October 16, 2023 and will be due January 7, 2024. 
  • Please note that you will need to fill out the application form until payment is requested and pay the $50 application fee BEFORE you can upload application materials.
  • The GRE is not required.
  • Applicants will be notified via the email supplied in their application if they are selected for an on-campus interview.
  • 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.
  • The acceptance rate for fall 2023 was 20 percent.
  • Members of underrepresented groups in terms of sexual orientation, gender, race, and ethnicity are encouraged to apply.

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
    • Or a last 60 credits GPA 3.4 or higher 
    • Or Major GPA of 3.4 or higher 
      • 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
    • If you have completed a graduate degree, please use that GPA
  3. Completion of the following courses is required:
    • General or Introductory Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Intro to Counseling 
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics
  4. Unofficial Transcripts uploaded in .pdf format
    • This is to verify your GPA and the required prerequisite courses.
      • If any of the prerequisite courses are in progress, please address this in your letter of application
      • You will still be required to request Official Transcripts from other institutions as part of the application process
  5. Three letters of recommendation.
    • If you have attended university in the past two years, at least one of the letters needs to be academic.
    •  If you have not attended university in the past two years, all three may be professional
    • If you have not worked in the past two years, then please provide letters that clearly document your ability to succeed in this program
    • 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.
  6. Clinical (paid or volunteer) and research experience are preferred (please document in CV or resume, and discuss in the application letter).
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. The university charges a $50 USD application fee.

*The UVU CMHC admissions committee reserves the right to consider modifying some prerequisites 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 one academic letter of recommendation, which is 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, one professional, and one either academic or 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 18 months, 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 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.

Will Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) meet the educational requirements for the professional credential in the state or US territory you might choose to live during or after completing your UVU degree? Visit the UVU Professional Licensure website to learn more!