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College Application Essay Msu Billings


Admission Requirements


First-Time Students Who Graduated From High School More than Three Years Ago, applying to:

  • The College of Allied Health Professions
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The College of Business
  • The College of Education

If you are a first-time college student or have attempted fewer than 12 college-level credits, and you have graduated from high school more than three years ago, you must have graduated from an accredited high school.


First-Time Students Applying to City College at MSU Billings


A high school diploma from an accredited high school, a GED, or the ACT COMPASS is required of all students to be admitted. Some programs have special entry requirements; contact City College at MSU Billings for this information at (406) 247-3000.


Non-Degree Seeking Students


An applicant who wishes to pursue studies for personal growth and who does not wish to work toward a formal degree at Montana State University-Billings may apply as a non-degree student. Acceptance into this category does not constitute acceptance into a degree-granting program. All applicants should have sufficient educational background to qualify for the course or courses in which enrollment is sought and must certify on the application form that they have graduated from high school or have passed the General Education Development Test (GED). A maximum of 32 semester hour credits earned as a non-degree student may be applied to an undergraduate degree at Montana State University-Billings if the applicant applies and is accepted into a degree program. Financial aid is not available to students in this category, nor may they qualify for the Western Undergraduate Exchange program. This category is not open to students currently on academic suspension from Montana State University Billings or on academic suspension from any other college or university. No academic credentials or transcripts are required in support of the application; however, non-degree students who later wish to change to a degree program must furnish required supporting credentials and must meet all the regular admission requirements.

Application Forms

*if you have previously attended MSU Billings,  you only need to complete theRe-Admit form. Thank you.


Additional Information

Online? Mostly
Evening Classes? Yes
Program Length: If you take a full load of 9-12 credits per semester, you could finish this program in about 5-6 semesters.


Careers: What can you do with a degree in C.R.M.H.C?


Graduates of the program have found employment in state and federal agencies, community based rehabilitation and mental health centers, hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, schools and universities, and other private and public social service organizations.


Graduates from the MSRMHC program often find work as:

  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Chemical Dependency Counselors
  • Therapists

Some of our recent graduates responded to a Graduate Data survey taken 9 months after graduation. Of the 4 Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling graduates who did respond to the survey, all 4 or 100% are employed in their field. They reported an average salary of $40,650.





Please contact the office of Graduate Studies for information about this program, admission requirements, application forms, graduate assistantships and other scholarship information.


Contact us as well for information about any of our graduate degree programs.


Our office is located in McMullen Hall,  Room 200. The office is open from 8:00 to 5:00 (Mountain time) Monday through Friday. Office: 406-657-2238 Fax: 406-657-2302.

Admission Criteria & Application Procedures


The MSCRMHC  program does not require a specific undergraduate degree for admission. However, a major in one of the social sciences, with course work in abnormal and developmental psychology, and basic statistics or measurement, better prepares an applicant for the program.


Applicants seeking admission to the program must submit all application materials to the Office of Graduate Studies by the current graduate catalog deadline dates. No applications will be considered until all required information arrives at the Office of Graduate Studies.


Application materials include:

  1. Completed MSU Billings Graduate School Application.

  2. Application essay. The essay will be no more than four typed pages, double-spaced, and answer the following questions: Why have you chosen this career path? What strengths or assets do you bring to the program? What has influenced your decision to pursue a career in the counseling profession?

  3. Current vita or resume.

  4. Complete, official transcripts from all institutions attended. Preference is given to students with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above. Students with cumulative GPAs of 2.75 – 3.00 may be considered for provisional admission.

  5. Three letters of recommendation from professionals who can provide an evaluation of the applicant’s potential as a graduate student, professional abilities and potential for success. Appropriate references include work and volunteer supervisors and college/ university faculty within the counseling/human services profession. References may not include personal clergy, personal current or past counselor/therapist, colleagues, or friends/relatives.

  6. Official notification of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test. Preference is given to applicants who score above the 50th percentile on Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing. Applicants with GRE scores older than 3 years must retake the test.

Completed applications are reviewed by the program faculty screening committee and a personal interview, either in person or by telephone may be, scheduled. Consideration is given to the relevant qualifications of applicants across all required areas. No one criterion is used in selecting applicants for admission. Program faculty is dedicated to recruiting and accepting a diverse body of applicants who are sensitive to the needs of our increasingly pluralistic society. The Department of Rehabilitation and Human Services honors diversity and appreciates the variety of perspectives and experiences that our students, clients, and colleagues bring. We invite applications from all racial groups, all genders regardless of sexual orientation, and persons with disabilities.


All new MSCRMHC students will be required to participate in a New Student Orientation within their first year of study.


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