Application Requirements

Our Mental Health Counseling Advanced Certificate program has a preferred deadline of July 1st for fall admission and November 1st for spring admission. After the preferred deadline has passed, admission will be rolling and students will be accepted based on space availability.

To apply, all students must submit:

  • Online application.
  • Proof of a graduate degree (masters or doctorate) in a counseling field with a minimum of 48 graduate credits.
  • Transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate academic work. Evidence of earning an advanced degree in counseling or designated equivalent showing a minimum of 48 graduate credits. Applicants who are currently at UB or have studied at or graduated from UB do not need to request an official UB transcript. GSE's Office of Admissions can download and print the transcript.
  • Applicants must have previously completed coursework related to the following areas: counseling theory and practice, social and cultural foundations of counseling, group dynamics, research and program evaluation, consultation, and practicum or internship.
  • A personal statement outlining the reasons for interest in becoming licensed as a Mental Health Counselor. Include in this statement how you plan to meet the internship and additional Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) eligibility requirements. Lastly, describe your work experience in the counseling field.
  • At least three (3) letters of reference regarding your previous academic work and any mental health counseling or related experience. On the application you will be asked to provide contact information about each individual providing you a recommendation. Please note that your recommenders will receive the electronic request to provide a recommendation letter only after you "formally submit" the application.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • GRE test scores are not required. However, if you have already taken the GRE please arrange to have the Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing test scores sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services. The institution code is 2925. The department code is 2005.

Former/ Maiden Name:
Note to all applicants, please be sure to provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts to be sent, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

International students also need to provide the following pieces of information:

  • TOEFL score report (must not be more than two years old from the time you begin classes) with a minimum of 213 for a computer based test, 550 for a paper based test and 79 Internet based test (institution code: 2925); IELTS minimum score of 6.5(with no subsection score below 6.0)
  • Passport Biographical Page- A copy of the applicant’s passport biographical page is required (the page that shows the holder’s full name, date of birth, nationality, etc.) in order to prepare the U.S. immigration I-20 form based on spellings and dates in the passport.
  • All financial forms and supporting documentation must be uploaded to your application with required signatures, and must be dated within one year of the time you intend to enroll at UB. No action will be taken on dossiers of applicants who indicate no financial support. International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. Please use the standard graduate financial form at this link:

For questions regarding the application process applicants may contact:

Ms. LuAnn Zak
Office of Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
366 Baldy Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Telephone: (716) 645-2110
Fax: (716) 645-7937

For questions regarding the program, applicants may contact:
Timothy P. Janikowski, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Program Director for Mental Health Counseling
Office: 418 Baldy Hall
Phone: 716-645-1122