Application Deadline

February 15th for summer (mid) June start.

Required Tests

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for application. These scores must be received directly from ETS. For Montana State University, the Institution code is 4488Preference will be given to those students whose scores exceed the 50th percentile.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student. 

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Department of Health and Human Development at Montana State University offers three counseling degree programs: Marriage and Family Counseling, Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling. All three of our programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). We believe that as a prospective student, you should be interested in pursuing a counseling graduate program that is CACREP-accredited. The choices available to you as a beginning student may seem staggering. There are many aspects to consider in deciding which graduate training program to choose. Many programs across the nation still require only 30-36 semester hours in order to graduate. However, you must decide whether you will be acquiring a quality education and whether you will be adequately prepared to enter the work force upon graduation. Most states' marriage and family or mental health licensure rules require additional course work and/or supervision beyond the degree in order to practice. Furthermore, at least 18 states require CACREP or an equivalent curriculum as a basis for their educational requirements.