Admission, Tuition and Financial Aid

McKendree welcomes applications from students holding a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution who seek a challenging educational experience in a stimulating and friendly environment. Applicants are considered on an individual basis without regard to sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, or religion.

Admission Requirements

The program admits students who present evidence of their potential for scholarly and clinical work. The following documentation and/or components are required for consideration for admission to Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling:

1. A completed graduate admission application (no fee).

2. Official transcripts from each college or university attended. Official transcripts are those mailed from institution to institution.

3. The successful completion of the equivalent of six undergraduate credit hours in a behavioral science. Of these six credit hours, three hours must be in introduction to psychology. Students lacking these credit hours may be conditionally admitted to the program on the provision that deficiencies are corrected within one semester. Once deficiencies are corrected, students should submit a transcript as proof of meeting this requirement.

4. A current vita or resume.

5. A 3.0 GPA on a four-point scale in undergraduate studies. Strong applicants with a GPA of 2.75-2.9 may be conditionally admitted. Conditional status will be removed provided that students maintain a minimum a 3.0 G.P.A. for the first 12 hours of graduate coursework with no grade lower than a B. Current undergraduates will be admitted on the basis of current transcripts – final admission status will be determined after receipt of a final transcript showing the student has graduated.

6. A three page statement describing interests in counseling as a career, personal strengths and weaknesses, perceived ability to successfully pursue/complete graduate work, and future career goals.

7. Three recommendation forms from master’s or doctoral level professionals who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate work in a clinical program. Recommendations from personal acquaintances (i.e., friends, church leaders, family members, etc.) are not acceptable.

All applicants will not be admitted to the program. Only those who are considered academically qualified for the program are invited for a formal onsite interview with the admissions committee. The purpose of this interview is to assess the individual’s interpersonal skills and boundaries, as well as his or her suitability to pursue graduate level training in counseling. Those judged to possess the relevant ability will be offered admission to the program.

Application Deadline

The program admits students, once a year, in the fall semester. We suggest that applicants use the deadline in order to receive full consideration for admission to the program.

Fall Admission
- June 1st

Information about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program's curriculum, internship experiences, and exit requirements is available on the Clinical Mental Health Counseling website.


The tuition for the 2016/2017 academic year (August-July) is $465 per credit hour.

Financial Aid

Graduate Financial Aid

Payment Plan

McKendree partners with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to offer students an interest-free monthly payment option. For an enrollment fee, the billing cost is spread out over the time period that you are taking the courses. For more information please contact the Business Office at 537-6868 or go online at

Employer Reimbursement

1. Only the amount that will be paid by the employer can be deferred. The entire amount will be subject to interest charges until the student’s portion is paid.

2. A letter from the employer stating that the employee is eligible for tuition reimbursement will be required each semester. Depending upon the employer’s tuition reimbursement requirements, a copy of the policy from the company may be sufficient. This letter should be submitted to the Business Office.

3. The employer should make McKendree the Payee (or at least the co-payee) on the check.

4. Deferment period will terminate 30 days after the date grades are issued.

5. The balance will be subject to interest charges if payment is not received within 30 days from the date grades are issued.

Office of Graduate Admission
701 College Road
Lebanon, IL 62254

(618) 537-6576
800-BEARCAT ext. 6576