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Admission & Application Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Nonrefundable $55 application fee, paid during the application submission process. 
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 preferred
  • 3 recommendation letters
    • Three references who you will identify as part of the online application process must complete the online "recommendation for admission"
    • Each reference writer will receive an email from the online application system explaining how to access the online system and will be asked to upload a letter of recommendation providing additional information about your strengths and weaknesses. They will be asked to upload the letter when they complete the final section of the online "recommendation for admission" (Part II Letter of Evaluation).
    • Preferably, your letters should be from faculty members who know you from multiple classes, your experience as a research assistant and/or your volunteer or work activities. Other letters may be from professionals who can write knowledgeably about your potential within the graduate program.
  • Personal statement (Statement of Purpose)
  • GRE verbal, quantitative and analytical writing is required, subject GRE is strongly recommended (minimum of 50th percentile rank on each section is preferred)
  • A minimum of 18 hours in undergraduate or graduate psychology courses (statistics can be "counted" as a psychology course, even if it is taken in a department other than psychology)
  • CV or resume

Requirements for Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling: Art Therapy Concentration 

The program has prerequisites for admission based on the American Art Therapy Association requirements. All candidates must have a minimum of 18 credit hours of art and 12 credit hours of psychology. Coursework can be taken at the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) prior to admission to the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling—Art Therapy Concentration. Contact admissions for more information at 317-788-3353 or

UIndy entering freshmen Pre-Art Therapy majors
Entering freshmen enrolled in UIndy's Pre-Art Therapy program may be eligible for direct admittance to the MA in MHC—Art Therapy program under the following stipulations:

  • High school GPA of 3.0 / SAT score of 1100
  • Maintain an overall 3.0 GPA at UIndy
  • Pass their senior art portfolio review at UIndy
  • Submit the following documents by February 1 of their senior year at UIndy:
    • Approval Form from the Chair of Art and Design
    • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from psychology faculty
    • Personal Statement expressing reasons for pursuing a career in mental health counseling and art therapy

Current UIndy Pre-art therapy majors
UIndy Pre-Art Therapy majors are eligible for application fee waivers and may also be eligible for early admission. Current UIndy Pre-Art Therapy students are required to complete their applications by February 1 in order to qualify for the early admission option.

Additional requirements for international students

  • Send results of any standardized examinations that are given in the country of origin (e.g., General Certification of Education (GCE), University of Cambridge Higher School Certification, Senior High School Leaving Certificate, etc.)
  • Submit a course-by- course evaluation of foreign educational credentials from any recognized service, such as World Education Services, Inc., International Consultants of Delaware, Inc., or Education Credential Evaluators, Inc. Because universities around the world differ, we require this evaluation as an assurance that you have completed the US equivalent of a bachelor's degree and have taken all appropriate prerequisite courses. Photocopies are not acceptable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) minimum scores of at least IBT 100, CBT/TWE 250/5.0 or paper-based 603.

Admission selection process

Completed application files are evaluated by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. The committee evaluates applicants in a number of areas, including background preparation, breadth of coursework, academic awards and achievement, standardized test scores, applied professional experience, leadership and service, research experience, quality of personal statement and strength of recommendation letters. Selected MA applicants are invited to campus for personal interviews. The committee offers admission to those applicants they feel have the greatest academic ability, dedication to excellence, emotional and social maturity and potential to become effective and contributing professionals in the professions of counseling and/or art therapy. Announcement of final admission decisions are made by mid-April. Applicants are admitted to begin only in the fall semester, although students may be admitted as non-degree seeking students to take selected graduate courses at any time during the year.

To protect the safety of clients with whom our students work, the Department of Counseling asks applicants whether they have been convicted of a crime. An answer of "yes" does not necessarily disqualify you, but does require additional explanation, including date, place, judicial findings and final disposition of the case. Admission to the graduate program requires satisfactory completion of a background check. More specific information on this will be made available to those applicants who are offered admission.

MPCAC Admissions Data for the Mental Health Counseling Program

  2016-17 2017-18
Number of Applicants 92 74
Number of Students Admitted 38 39
Number of Admitted Students Who Accepted Offer 27 15
Total Number of Students Enrolled in the MHC Program 39 Pending
Number of Students Who Graduated 20 Pending

Application deadline

Completed applications and all supporting documents must be received by March 1 for the MA in Mental Health Counseling/Addictions programs and by March 15 for the MA in Psychology program to ensure consideration for admission to the fall semester in August. Late applications will only be reviewed if additional class positions are available.

Mail application materials to:

University of Indianapolis
School of Psychological Sciences
1400 East Hanna Avenue
Health Pavilion 2nd Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46227-3697

Credit transfer

Students who have completed graduate-level work in psychology may substitute these courses for required courses at the University of Indianapolis. 

Normally, a maximum of 15 graduate credit hours may be transferred from another institution. Credit can only be granted for coursework that is judged by the School to be equivalent to courses offered in the graduate psychology program at UIndy. Credit transfer is not granted for prior clinical practica, internship, thesis or dissertation work; PSY 520--Ethics, Professional Standards & Legal Issues; or for courses in which a grade lower than B was obtained. All transferred work must have been completed within the five years prior to application for admission. The courses and exact number of credit hours that will be accepted for transfer from another institution will be determined by the School after examination of course syllabi and transcripts. The School reserves the right to require that students evidence satisfactory performance on a competency examination before granting transfer credit for a course.

Part-time study

Students are typically expected to take a full academic load as they complete the program. However, a limited number of students who would otherwise not be able to attend the University of Indianapolis may be admitted to the program on a part-time basis. If accepted, part-time students must submit a detailed plan of study that includes a semester-by-semester outline of how they intend to complete the degree requirements. This outline should include the courses that the student plans to take and a practicum schedule. Part-time students are encouraged to enroll for a minimum of 18 credit hours per year in order to finish the program within the University time limits and meet the residency requirement. All students, regardless of full-time or part-time status, must complete the program (including internship) in five years. It is recommended that full-time students limit any work outside of the program to less than 20 hours per week, since experience indicates that working in excess of this will have a detrimental effect on performance in the program.

Non-degree-seeking students

Students may take up to 12 credit hours of select courses as non-degree seeking students. Practicum and internship courses and related clinical experiences cannot be taken by non-degree seeking students. See requirements for non-degree-seeking students ►

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