Candidacy indicates that the student has successfully completed the first stage of the program (12 credits) and is ready for more advanced coursework and field experiences. Students must apply to be Candidates for the degree upon the completion of 12 credits of coursework.

Students enrolled in the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program may apply for candidacy after they have completed 12 hours of coursework. If, on the basis of academic work and clinical work, as well as interpersonal ability, the faculty believes the student has the ability to become a successful counselor, candidate status will be awarded. It is possible that problems may appear in a student's behavior after admission to candidacy that could affect his or her ability to be an effective counselor. Husson reserves the right to require counseling or other corrective activities if it becomes aware of such issue at any time during the student's academic program.