Program in Community Mental Health Admission Requirements

For All Sites in Alaska, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, and Wisconsin

Certificate, Master's Degree, Counseling Track, & Non-degree Students

Classes, held in Anchorage, AK; Burlington, VT; Manchester, NH; Brunswick, ME; and Summit and Wausau, WI, meet one weekend a month and are geared toward adult learners, most of whom work full time. The weekend format makes participation in the program feasible for students from a broad geographical area. Many students commute several hour to participate in weekend instruction. Most classes run two months in succession. Please click on the appropriate site to view the class schedules.

Admission to the Graduate Program in Community Mental Health is based on a careful review of applicants’ qualifications. Particular attention is paid to past accomplishments and future promise in the field. Selected faculty members review applications and consider personal and professional experiences in addition to academic achievements. Admissions to PCMH cohorts follows a 'rolling admissions' model: Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the calendar year, in the order in which they are received.

Please use the links below to print the forms you need. You may also contact Jeanne Zimmerman at j.zimmerman@snhu.edu or 800.730.5542 to have forms mailed, emailed or faxed to you.

To be eligible for admission into the certificate or Master of Science programs in community mental health, prospective students are expected to:

  • Have earned a baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Submit a completed application (PDF 36 kb) and a nonrefundable $40 application fee
  • Submit an essay responding to items described on the application form
  • Furnish two letters of reference (PDF 88 kb) (forms are provided).

Submit application materials to:
Southern New Hampshire University
Vermont Programs – PCMH Admissions
463 Mountain View Drive, Suite 101
Colchester, VT 05446
1.800.730.5542

Payment or arrangement with the Financial Aid Office is required before class begins. Please make checks payable to the Program in Community Mental Health. Credit cards are also accepted. Many behavioral health agencies and other employers have employee training or tuition reimbursement funds available; please check with your employer. A letter from your employer must accompany your registration form if you are using this type of payment.

If you would like to discuss admission to PCMH please contact Jeanne Zimmerman at j.zimmerman@snhu.edu or 800.730.5542.

Non-degree Students

PCMH offers an innovative, competency-based curriculum specifically focused on best practices in behavioral health care. We hope that you and your colleagues will take advantage of this unique opportunity to update your knowledge and acquire new skills in key areas. We encourage mental health service managers to support the training and development of staff through its offerings.

Class Schedules
Classes, held in Anchorage, AK; Burlington, VT; Manchester, NH; Brunswick, ME; and Summit and Wausau, WI, meet one weekend a month and are geared toward adult learners, most of whom work full time. The weekend format makes participation in the program feasible for students from a broad geographical area. Many students commute several hours to participate in weekend instruction. Most classes run two months in succession. Please click on the appropriate site to view the class schedules.

Registration/Credits
Individuals intending to enroll in the Certificate or Master of Science degree may take up to nine [9] credits as a non degree student [before matriculation], with permission of instructor. Individuals, not seeking a degree, are welcome to take with permission of instructor, courses to fulfill professional development, continuing education, or licensing requirement needs. Registration should take place 4-6 weeks before a class begins [even earlier if you'd like a head start on the readings and assignments]. Please contact Sarah Chausee at  s.chausse@snhu.edu  or 800.730.5542 for information regarding class locations/times, syllabi, reading lists, book orders, etc. Classes are 3 credits unless noted on the schedule.

Financial Aid Information
Payment or arrangement with the Financial Aid Office is required before class begins. Please make checks payable to the Program in Community Mental Health. Credit cards are also accepted. Many behavioral health agencies and other employers have employee training or tuition reimbursement funds available; please check with your employer. A letter from your employer must accompany your registration form if you are using this type of payment.