Admissions Requirements

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)

  1. Submit an application for admission.

  2. Must have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

  3. Must submit all official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from previously attended institutions.

  4. Must have the equivalent of 12 semester hours in Behavioral Science (Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Anthropology, Family Studies) at the undergraduate level with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

  5. A score of 290 or above on the GRE (combined verbal and quantitative scores), (OR) a score of 380 or above on the MAT.

  6. An essay of personal goals and how FHU will contribute to those goals (300-500 words).

  7. Submit the "Statement of Freedom from Conviction of Crime" form.

  8. An interview with the Counseling Admissions Committee.


Doctor of Behavioral Health (D.B.H.)


  1. An earned master’s degree (a minimum of 48 semester hours) in a health-related field of study (clinical mental health counseling, alcohol and drug counseling, clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, rehabilitation counseling, clinical pastoral counseling, psychiatric nursing, or psychology, etc.) from a regionally accredited college/university.
  2. Current state licensure as a practitioner in a mental-health discipline or health-related discipline. 
  3. Two years of post-licensure clinical experience.


Path to Admission
Consistent with other graduate programs offered at FHU, applicants for admission into the Doctor of Behavioral Health (D.B.H.) program must submit and comply with the following for consideration and acceptance:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  3. Provide a copy of current unencumbered license in the state in which the practice will occur.
  4. Submit three completed electronic recommendation forms: one from an employer or supervisor, one from a church leader or leader in another service organization and one from a professional colleague.
  5. Write and present an essay providing a professional statement of past clinical and/or work experiences, scholarly activities and community service and goals in obtaining this professional doctorate.
  6. Interview in person with the current doctoral admissions committee. After the initial review of the application, applicants may be contacted for a formal interview. If the interview results in a positive evaluation, the applicant will continue to be considered for acceptance.
  7. Demonstrate good spiritual, mental and emotional health/stability consistent with the demands of the D.B.H. program and FHU's heritage of Christian values.
  8. Present a current resume or curriculum vitae.

Note: Applicants are required to be computer literate and have a computer, printer and Internet service provider with high-speed broadband Internet access. If accepted, each D.B.H. student will be required to comply with Freed-Hardeman University's Academic Computing Standards for Students.

Electronic documents should be sent to Paper documents should be mailed to:

Freed-Hardeman University
Office of Graduate Studies
158 East Main Street
Henderson, TN 38340