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General Info

Online? Yes
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


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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.


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