Admission to the MA-CHMC Program


Admission to the MA-CHMC program is based on academic ability and potential for success at the graduate level. Academic ability is evaluated by the applicant’s past academic performance, recommendations, and performance on the GRE. Students are admitted in fall semester only, and there is an admission cap of 15-20 students per year.

Admission requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or an equivalent degree from another country;

2.   A minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) based on a 4.0 scale. 

3.  Some background in psychology to include, at the minimum, at least one course in statistics and one course in research methods.

4.   Verbal and Quantitative Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

5.   Applicants must demonstrate proficiency in written and verbal English. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination is required of all foreign applicants from countries in which English is not the native language and who have not attended an American college or university for two consecutive years.

6.   Two letters of recommendation (all references should be from professors, employers or clinical supervisors).

7.   A 500-word personal statement of professional goals which addresses why the applicant wishes to pursue a mental health counseling graduate degree, and a description of the applicant’s personal and professional goals.

8.   A professional résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Eligible applications are reviewed by the CMHC Admissions Committee which uses multiple criteria for the assessment of applicants. 

Application Procedures

Applicants wishing to apply to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program will need to complete the initial application process with the HPU’s Graduate Admissions. This includes completing an application form, paying an application fee, having all prior college transcripts forwarded to Hawaii Pacific University, taking the GRE exam and having scores forwarded to HPU, and submitting the 2 letters of recommendation. Note that all of these application materials need not be submitted together.

Following the department’s review of applications by the selection committee, selected applicants will be contacted for a formal (in-person or telephone) interview with members of the selection committee. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status soon after a decision is made.

Applicants may apply at any time. Note that applications for Fall 2015 that are received on or before February 16th, 2015 will be given priority review and consideration.  However, If you miss the February 16 deadline, we encourage you to apply anyway. We will still give your application full consideration.

Hawaii is a highly diverse state, and diversity is a core emphasis of the program curriculum. The HPU MA-CMHC program is committed to promoting diversity in its training program. We are invested in recruiting students who represent culturally and individually diverse backgrounds. 

Students may apply to the CMHC Master’s Degree Program online: Apply Now

Graduate Assistantships

New applicants to the MA-CMHC program may qualify for scholarship assistance as a graduate assistant. These highly-competitive awards are made to incoming students and are renewable for up to two years. For more information or to apply, please visit the CHSS Graduate Assistantships page.

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