C.H.D. Academic Guidelines
Admission to the CHD Program
Admissions information and application packets are available from the Graduate Admissions Office. Contact Audra Dice, Director, Graduate Admissions, by telephone at 330-490-7181 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms are also available online at the Walsh University website at www.walsh.edu/masters-counseling-admissions.
Applicants are considered for admission for the fall and spring semesters. The CHD program admits students on a rolling basis toward these admission dates. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. New admits will not be accepted once the program reaches cohort capacity; they will be placed on an admissions wait list for the next open (Fall or Spring) semester. To discuss details of admission processes, contact the Graduate Admissions Office (contact Audra Dice by telephone at 330-490-7181 or by e-mail at email@example.com).
- Applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (must be completed prior to beginning CHD coursework) will be considered for admission to the CHD program. Official transcripts of undergraduate and all other graduate education are required.
- Completed application form accompanied by a nonrefundable application/registration fee of $25.
- Evidence of personal and professional potential for the CHD program is provided by:
- Three letters of recommendation (or Walsh CHD recommendation forms) completed by persons qualified to appraise scholastic aptitude, relevant personal characteristics and professional promise, such as a past instructor, work supervisor or professional working in the counseling/human service field (friends and peers are excluded).
- A notarized affidavit of good moral conduct (form supplied by the Graduate Admissions office).
- On-campus interview with the Program Director or program faculty members. Out-of-state applicants or international applicants may contact the Program Director for alternate arrangements to meet this requirement.
- A current resumé submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office
- Written English proficiency demonstrated in a writing sample completed on-site. Out-of-state or international applicants may contact the Program Director for alternate arrangements for the writing sample.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the baccalaureate transcript. Applicants who meet this criterion do not need to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.99 or less may be considered for conditional admission once they have submitted their results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in addition to all required admissions documents. Individuals who hold a master’s degree from an accredited college or university are not required to provide GRE or MAT results.
Admissions forms are available online at www.walsh.edu/masters-counseling-admissions or via mail from the Graduate Admissions Office (Audra Dice, Director, Graduate Admissions).
- Complete Graduate application for CHD program and submit with $25 application fee.
- Arrange for three letters of reference (or three Walsh CHD recommendation forms) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Arrange for all official transcripts (see above guidelines) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (Official transcripts may not be e-mailed).
- Send a current resumé to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Arrange for official TOEFL scores (international students only) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Arrange for, and complete, the program interview and writing sample. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate Admissions Office when their Admissions file is complete so that they may make arrangements for these final Admissions processes.
Felony and Other Criminal History Policy
Students in all CHD specialty tracks are preparing to work with vulnerable populations. Applicants are required to disclose any current or past criminal charges or convictions or pending charges that might result in a conviction, when applying for admission to the CHD program. Failure to report a criminal history may result in denial and/or dismissal from the CHD program. It is the prerogative of the CHD faculty and administration to request additional information about an applicant’s criminal history, and based on the information provided, to deny admission (and/or for CHD students, to dismiss them). Please note that students in license-eligible programs must undergo criminal background checks prior to internship and licensure.
Individuals with a criminal history who are applying for a license-eligible track in Counseling and Human Development should contact the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (www.cswmft.ohio.gov) regarding eligibility for clinical mental health counselor licensure or the Ohio Department of Education (www.ode.oh.us) regarding school counselor licensure eligibility in Ohio.
To register for classes, students must submit proposed coursework to their advisor for approval. Students are expected to plan their coursework with their advisor on the CHD Prospectus. Students register for classes by submitting their approved registration form to the Student Service Center after they have met with their advisor.
Categories of Graduate Students
- NON-MATRICULATED STUDENT — students who do not intend to pursue a degree in counseling. Generally, these are "licensure only" students who already have a master’s degree and are completing courses required for school or clinical mental health counseling licensure in Ohio. A CHD degree-seeking student cannot be enrolled as a non-matriculated student.
- MATRICULATED STUDENT — graduate students who have met all admission requirements for the CHD master’s degree program.
- CANDIDACY — matriculated students who have taken at least half of the course work for their CHD program (including a process course) and successfully completed such courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A student will be considered for candidacy for a master’s degree after the following requirements are met:
- A minimum of half of the course work for the program must be completed;
- The student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average or better in all courses taken at Walsh University;
- Faculty review of student retention records and faculty endorsement;
- The Graduate Council must review and recommend the student for advancement to candidacy.
After review, the student will be notified of his/her standing in the program.
- Continued enrollment in the Master’s program is contingent upon achievement of candidacy.
Graduate students in all categories are to consult with advisors. The advisor’s duties are to serve as consultant in planning the student’s program, endorsing the student’s application for degree candidacy, and arranging for required comprehensive examination.
A consultation with the advisor is required prior to registration for graduate courses.
A final comprehensive examination is required for completion of the M.A. in Counseling and Human Development program. The examination is generally taken during the last semester the student is completing course requirements. Those who fail any section of the comprehensive examination, or the examination as a whole, will be required to complete a second examination as determined by the faculty. If the second examination results are also unsatisfactory, matriculation will be terminated.