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 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 Patricia Merrell by telephone at 330-490-7586 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) are 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 résumé 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 CHD Administrative Assistant 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 résumé 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 are 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 prepare 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 apply 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 meet with their academic faculty advisors. Students 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 meet 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.
The process of candidacy is internally driven by the CHD program faculty and occurs two times in the academic year. Matriculated students who reach the half-way point in their course work and have completed one or more process courses (i.e., group process, social and cultural diversity, substance abuse) are considered for candidacy. The CHD faculty is responsible for evaluating students’ academic and professional suitability to enter the counseling profession. It is the program’s ethical and professional mandate to protect the public and assure the quality of its graduates. Students are notified of the outcome in writing. Students in Counseling Education and Training tracks must acquire candidacy before registering for practicum.
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.
As part of the Master’s program graduation requirements, CHD students must successfully pass a final comprehensive examination. This is a capstone assessment of core areas of knowledge required/expected of the profession, as well as a demonstration of your ability to translate the theory and knowledge gained in the curriculum into practical insights related to client/student care. 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, are required to complete a second examination as determined by the faculty. If the second examination results are also unsatisfactory, matriculation is delayed and course retakes (with specified course competency requirements) are required at the student’s expense. If student performance results in failure of the course retakes (a performance of less than 80%), matriculation is terminated.
Dual Specialization Policies - M. A. in Counseling and Human Development
Students may simultaneously complete the requirements for any two of the CHD specializations with relative ease. Choose two from Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling or Student Affairs in Higher Education. In order to have both specializations posted on the diploma, course and specialization-specific requirements for both specializations must be fulfilled before the M.A. degree is conferred.
Once the M.A. is conferred, a student may return to the Counseling and Human Development program as a non-matriculated student to complete courses required for another specialty. A student may not return for a second degree once the M.A. is conferred.
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. 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.
SAHE & CMHC
Students may simultaneously complete requirements for the SAHE & CMHC specialties. 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.
SAHE & SC
Students may simultaneously complete requirements for the SAHE & SC specialties. 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.
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 and 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, including decision making and judgment (for Counselor Education, see ACA Code of Ethics  and 2009 CACREP standards; for Student Affairs in Higher Education, 2006], CAS , ACPA and NASPCA, ). In order to ensure that each student receives timely feedback to improve academic and clinical competencies and correct problematic behaviors, the CHD faculty members adopted a 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 provides 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 May 2018, there are 396 chapters and over 117,000 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
- 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.
The Alpha Gamma (Walsh University) Chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha
Chi Sigma Alpha, the Student Affairs Honor Society, began in the fall of 2002 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to promote and recognize excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession of student affairs.
The Walsh University chapter, Alpha Gamma, was established in the fall of 2016. Members include graduate students pursuing the Student Affairs in Higher Education specialty within the CHD program, program alumni, and student affairs professionals.
Students enrolled in the CHD Program may be invited to join upon recommendation of the faculty and the Alpha Gamma Executive Committee, and if they meet the following requirements:
Successful completion of 6 semester hours in the CHD program (provided that they have not been on active social or academic probation while enrolled as a CHD graduate student).
A grade point average of 3.5 or better on the 4.0 scale (which must also be maintained in order for students to remain eligible for membership in Alpha Gamma).
A demonstration of commitment to the three pillars (based upon application materials).
The support of members is essential to the success of our Alpha Gamma chapter in advancing its aims both at Walsh and in partnership with other members and local chapters from various institutions of higher education across the country. Members have a unique opportunity to shape the future of this Honor Society and of the student affairs profession through their active membership and involvement. In doing so, this Society adds value to the personal, professional, and career journey of its members, helping them to thrive as competent students and professionals. Additionally, members of Alpha Gamma become part of a network of peers and professionals who share a commitment to high standards in academics, research, and service to the profession.
For more information on the Walsh University Alpha Gamma chapter of Chi Sigma Alpha, please contact one of the officers or the Faculty Advisor.
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 qualify for special financial aid; for information, inquire at the Student Service Center.
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.
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 Christine Craddock, Administrative Assistant for the CHD program. Recipients of the Richard J. Mucowski Scholarship, Alice Cleary Memorial Scholarship, and Linda Barclay 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 Christine Craddock, Administrative Assistant for the CHD program.
THE DR. Linda Barclay SCHOLARSHIP
This one-time 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 one semester of in the CHD graduate 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 Christine Craddock, Administrative Assistant for the CHD program. Recipients of the Richard J. Mucowski Scholarship, Sandra Lopez-Baez Scholarship, and Alice Cleary Scholarship are ineligible.
Students may apply for Stafford Loans for graduate study through the Financial Aid Office in the Student Service Center. Students apply each spring for these annual loans.
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available for full-time students. CHD students are notified when graduate assistantships are available. Application is made to the CHD Administrative Assistant. The maximum amount a Graduate Assistant may earn in one year is established by the University. Appointments are made for 20 hours of service each week. They may take twelve (12) tuition free credits per year (pro-rated depending on how much of the year they are employed).