Admissions

Applicants seeking graduate admission must meet the requirements for both the College of Professional Advancement and the School of Theology. To learn more about requirements for the Master of Divinity and to apply, School of Theology website.

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Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • MAT or GRE Test Score
    All applicants must take the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision-making process.
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
    If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the “walk-out score report”) or a copy of your score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
  • Transcripts From All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school’s transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to copa.admissions@mercer.edu. Former and current Mercer University students do not need to request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Background Check
    Applicants are required to complete a background check. Please contact Leslie Baxter for additional details and instructions at baxter_lm@mercer.edu.
  • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants’ aptitude and potential as a clinical mental health counselor.
  • Current Résumé
    Applicants must submit a résumé that highlights any relevant vocational or volunteer experience.
  • Goal Statement
    Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement outlining personal and professional experiences that have led to their decision to pursue a career as a clinical mental health counselor.

Submit all application supporting materials to:

Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Professional Advancement
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341

Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials: Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials verified by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. You must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations: Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of “C” or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of $25,000.

E. Visa Status: International applicants who are currently in the United States must choose from one of the following categories to prove their current visa status:

  • Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa
  • Copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa
  • Copy of Resident Alien card (front and back) if classified as a Resident Alien