Admission Requirements - Coastal Carolina University
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Applicants for M.Ed. in clinical mental health counseling program must submit:


  • Online application to include a statement of professional goals
  • Official college transcripts documenting completion of an undergraduate degree; a minimum overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) documented by official transcripts for all collegiate coursework is required
    • If grade point average is below 3.0, but not less than 2.7, applicants can choose to provide copies of official scores on Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if applicable. A score of 300 with no less than 160 on the verbal and 140 on the quantitative Graduate Record Examination. Scores must be no more than five years old. If an applicant's bachelor’s degree with overall GPA is 3.0 or higher, the Graduate Record Examination is waived. 
  • Three (3) reference submissions from individuals knowledgeable about the applicant’s academic preparation and/or relevant work experience (One (1) must be from a current/previous higher education instructor and 1 must be a from a current/previous supervisor. Family and friends are not appropriate references.)
  • A 15-minute phone interview with faculty may be requested if additional information is needed from the online application submitted


  • Widespan employment opportunities to include, but not limited to:
    • Behavioral health counselor
    • Career Counselors
    • Clinical mental health counselor
    • College Campuses
    • Community mental health counselor
    • Crisis counselor
    • Hospitals
    • Licensed mental health therapist
    • Mental health counselor
    • Military counselor
    • Private practice counselor
    • Prisons
    • Rehabilitation counselor
    • School counselor
    • Substance abuse counselor
    • Telehealth counselor/therapist
  • Employment of mental health counselors is projected to grow the fastest among the mental health occupations in the table, increasing 18 percent from 2022 to 2032; other occupations are on average projected to only grow at a 3 percent increase (Bureau of Labor Statistics Career Outlook, October 2023).


  • Program is developed to support clinician understanding of the continuum of care spectrum as well as understanding of interdisciplinary approaches.
  • Program completion will prepare graduates to meet the demands of their communities with competence and confidence in face-to-face and telehealth delivery counseling formats.
  • Program aligns with South Carolina Licensure requirements. If seeking licensure, additional supervised hours will be required post-graduation and are not connected to the program.  If you will be seeking licensure, you will want to contact your state licensing board for requirements. Find your state requirements here.
  • Program delivery supports flexibility for working professionals and/or families as well as provides a learning community with real-time interactions and collaboration with faculty and peers.

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