Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program: Application

Our priority application deadline is February 1. Applications submitted after February 1 will be considered on a space-available basis only. Applicants are required to submit ALL materials (see required application materials below) to the Graduate School. The Graduate School will determine which applicants are eligible for admission and forward the applicant files to the Psychology Department. An admissions committee within the Department will then conduct an initial review of the applications and select individuals to invite for personal interviews. Interviews take place in early to mid-March, and final admission decisions are usually made by the end of the month. We typically recommend six students for admission to the program each year.


Prior to applying to the program, applicants must have successfully completed a psychology statistics and design course. We also strongly recommend applicants complete the following psychology courses: abnormal or personality; developmental or social; and cognition or neuroscience.

Applicants are evaluated based on GPA, GRE scores, psychology background, letters of recommendation, personal preparation, experience, and motivation. For further information contact Dr. Christina Byrne, Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, Department of Psychology, MS 9172, 516 High Street, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, 98225-9172; phone: 360. 650.7945; e-mail:

Application information is available on Western Washington University‚Äôs Graduate School website. If you have any questions or difficulties with the application process, please contact the Graduate School at or call them at 360-650-3170.

Required application materials (to be submitted directly to the Graduate School; not to the Psychology department):

  • Graduate School application form and application fee

  • 3 letters of reference, no more than 1 year old 

  • 1 official transcript from each university/college attended, no more than 2 years old

  • Completed Applicant Questionnaire (Statement of Purpose) and Resume

  • General GRE is required; for students without an undergraduate degree in psychology the subject test in psychology is recommended but not required. GRE scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School from the Educational Testing Service. Information on the GRE may be obtained online:

If you would like to be considered for a Graduate School Assistantship, follow the instructions online at the Graduate School. Currently, teaching assistants in the Department of Psychology are usually assigned to the undergraduate experimental psychology and statistics courses, or occasionally to the introduction to psychology course. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: teaching laboratory classes where relevant, helping students understand the conceptual and computational components of statistics, helping students understand research methodology and design, and helping students become more competent scientific writers.