C.H.D. Academic Guidelines

Admission to the CHD Program

Admissions information and application packets are available from the Graduate Admissions Office. Contact Patricia Merrell, Graduate Admissions Counselor, by telephone at 330-490-7586 or by e-mail at pmerrell@walsh.edu. 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 Patricia Merrell by telephone at 330-490-7586 or by e-mail at pmerrell@walsh.edu).

Admission Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Completed application form accompanied by a nonrefundable application/registration fee of $25.
  3. Evidence of personal and professional potential for the CHD program is provided by:
    1. 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).
    2. A notarized affidavit of good moral conduct (form supplied by the Graduate Admissions office).
    3. 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.
    4. A current résumé submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office
  4. Written English proficiency demonstrated in a writing sample completed on-site. Out-of-state or international applicants may contact the CHD Administrative Assistant for alternate arrangements for the writing sample.
  5. 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.

Admission Procedures

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).

  1. Complete Graduate application for CHD program and submit with $25 application fee.
  2. Arrange for three letters of reference (or three Walsh CHD recommendation forms) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  3. Arrange for all official transcripts (see above guidelines) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (Official transcripts may not be e-mailed).
  4. Send a current résumé to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  5. Arrange for official TOEFL scores (international students only) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  6. 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 (http://education.ohio.gov/) regarding school counselor licensure eligibility in Ohio.

Registration Procedures

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 CHD faculty 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.

Academic Advising

Upon admission to the CHD program, students are assigned a faculty advisor to help them plan course scheduling. Students are responsible to contact their advisor for help in planning course loads each semester prior to registering. Students must complete a "Prospectus" which serves as a plan of study during their first semester in the CHD program.

Comprehensive Examination

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 and course retakes (with specified course competency requirement) will be required at the student’s expense.

Dual Specialization Policies - M. A. in Counseling and Human Development

CHMC & SC

Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for both license-eligible specializations, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling in the M.A. in Counseling and Human Development. Both specializations will be posted on the transcript. A Declaration of Dual Specialization form must be approved by the CHD Program Director and filed with the Office of the Registrar at least one semester before graduation.

In order to have both specializations posted on the transcript, all course requirements for school and clinical mental health specialties must be fulfilled, and students must successfully complete CHD 790 - Practicum for Dual Specialization. The CMHC-SC Dual Specialization requires 72 semester hours. A student may not return for a second degree with the second specialization once the M.A. has been conferred with one specialization.

SAHE & CMHC

Students may simultaneously complete requirements for the SAHE & CMHC specialties. Both specializations will be posted on the transcript. A declaration of Dual Specialties form must be approved by the CHD Program Director and filed with the Registrar at least one semester before graduation.

In order to have both specializations posted on the transcript, all course requirements for both SAHE & CMHC specialties must be fulfilled. The SAHE-CMHC dual specialization requires 78 semester hours. A student may not return for a second degree with the second specialization once the MA has been confirmed with one specialization.

SAHE & SC

Students may simultaneously complete requirements for the SAHE & SC specialties. Both specializations will be posted on the transcript. A declaration of Dual Specialties form must be approved by the CHD Program Director and filed with the Registrar at least one semester before graduation.

In order to have both specializations posted on the transcript, all course requirements for both SAHE & SC specialties must be fulfilled. The SAHE-SC dual specialization requires 66 semester hours. A student may not return for a second degree with the second specialization once the MA has been confirmed with one specialization.

Student Retention Policy

CHD faculty members recognize that graduate student training is a developmental process; that is, faculty members understand that professional counseling competencies develop over time. CHD faculty members want to see all matriculated students acquire the competencies necessary for them to function in their professional roles as school, clinical mental health counselors, or student affairs professionals, succeed in their graduate studies, and complete their master’s degree. At the same time, CHD faculty members have ethical and professional responsibilities to serve as gatekeepers to the profession by identifying problematic student behaviors, and insufficient student competence in academic, clinical and professional knowledge and skills (for Counselor Education, see ACA Code of Ethics [2014]; for Student Affairs in Higher Education, see relevant professional Code of Ethics [CAS, 2006; ACPA and NASPCA, 2010]). In order to ensure that each student receives timely feedback to improve academic and clinical competencies and correct problematic behaviors, the CHD faculty members have adopted this retention policy. The purpose of the retention policy is to establish a systematic means to evaluate students’ competencies and professional behaviors, and to set up a process to address the development (and/or remediation) of students’ professional skills (academic and clinical), and/or professional behavior. The implementation of this policy is intended to provide students with information related to the overall progress of their professional development. See the CHD Handbook for complete policy, forms, processes and procedures.

"Licensure Only" Non-Matriculated Status

Individuals who hold a master’s degree in counseling which does not meet the licensure requirements in Ohio must obtain a prescription for required coursework from the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. They are eligible for licensure-only (non-matriculated) program at Walsh University. Individuals who hold a master’s degree in education or counseling other than school counseling must obtain the equivalent of a Walsh school counseling degree to become licensed as a school counselor. They are also eligible for licensure-only (non-matriculated) program at Walsh University.

The Alpha Mu (Walsh University) Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society of counseling professionals and professionals-in-training who are dedicated to excellence in scholarship, research, and clinical practice. It was established January 1, 1985, and the first initiation was held by the Alpha Chapter of Ohio University in March of 1985. As of August 2012, there are 277 chapters and over 82,000 initiated members. National headquarters are located in Greensboro, N.C.

The Walsh University chapter, Alpha Mu, was established in the spring of 1987 and has grown from five members to over 100 members comprised of either counseling professionals or professionals-in-training. The purpose of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote and recognize exemplary attainment in the study and practice of counseling.

Students enrolled in the Walsh University Graduate Program in Counseling and Human Development in one of the licensure tracks may be invited to join Alpha Mu upon recommendation of the faculty and if they meet the following requirements:

  • a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • attainment of candidacy
  • promise of active participation in the chapter
  • faculty endorsement

Faculty, alumni, and participating professional counselors who are either certified or licensed and who have given evidence of distinguished scholarship and professional service, including professional credentials and/or graduation from a Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) approved program, are also eligible to be invited to join.

Membership in the Alpha Mu chapter can make a valuable contribution to the professional development of the counseling student as they become part of a network of professionals who ascribe to high standards of scholarship and practice. Alpha Mu offers many events and programs for CHD students, such as an annual initiation dinner, speakers and programs on current issues and topics relevant to the counseling field, a chapter networking directory, and all-day workshops or seminars with the opportunity to earn continuing education units (CEUs) for license renewal.

Financial Aid

Walsh Alumnae Tuition Discount

Graduates of Walsh University are eligible for a 25% tuition discount for graduate courses in the CHD program. To obtain this discount, alumnae students complete a request form at the time of registration in the Student Service Center. 

Senior Citizens

Senior citizens qualify for special financial aid; for information, inquire at the Student Service Center.

Scholarships

Premier Student Discount

Students who have been admitted to a CHD Program from other colleges and universities may apply for the Premier Tuition Discount Scholarship in the Student Service Center.  This tuition discount scholarship is based on a combination of factors including GPA, admission test scores and financial need. Students who receive the Walsh Alumnae Tuition discount are not eligible for this scholarship program. This is a nonrenewable scholarship and must be applied for each year.

Richard J. Mucowski Scholarship

This $1,000 tuition scholarship is awarded annually in the spring semester to a CHD or BA/MA student.  Applicants must be enrolled full time, have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and demonstrate financial need. This is a nonrenewable scholarship and must be applied for each year. Applications are available in the Student Service Center.

Dr. Sandra Lopez-Baez Scholarship

This one-time $1,000 tuition scholarship, which is sponsored by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International, is awarded annually to a CHD student who has completed at least 15 credit hours of graduate coursework in the CHD program, has a 3.50 cumulative GPA or better, and demonstrates financial need.  Applications are available each spring semester from the Vice President of Advancement and University Relations or Cinnamon Traugott, Administrative Assistant for the CHD program.  Recipients of the Richard J. Mucowski Scholarship are ineligible.

The DR. SANDRA LOPEZ-BAEZ Book Scholarship

The Alpha Mu chapter of Chi Sigma Iota offers two $250 book scholarships per year to CHD students who demonstrate financial need.  To apply for this scholarship contact the Faculty Advisor for the chapter.  Applicants must meet Alpha Mu’s membership criteria, fulfill candidacy requirements and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better. Applications are available each spring semester from the Vice President of Advancement and University Relations or Cinnamon Traugott, Administrative Assistant for the CHD program.