Admission Requirements

Submit your application by the priority date.

We review all applications. We'll notify you about your application status and, if selected, interview instructions. 

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin.

Read and sign the handbook

To meet CACREP accreditation and maintain a national standard, all applicants must read the counseling program handbook, and provide a signed copy of Appendix F.

Graduate Counseling Program Admission requirements

Admission to the Counseling program is selective. Minimum admission requirements and application materials include the following.

  1. Completed Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  2. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher, or 3.00 for the last 60 hours of course work.
  3. Completed Application for Graduate Admission.
  4. Completed Counseling Admission Application.
  5. Official MAT or GRE test score reports (no cutoff scores).
  6. Three letters of reference, on department forms.
  7. Two official copies of transcripts showing your bachelor’s degree and any course work taken since then (transcripts must include the last 60 hours of credit).

Applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, and a subset of applicants, selected upon the basis of credentials and references, will be invited for an interview on campus, after which applicants will be selected for admission.  Applicants will be ranked by the admissions committee and selected applicants will be invited for admission into either the CMHE or SC program options. 

There are two admission reviews annually, one in the Spring for admission in the Summer/Fall semester; one in the Fall for admission in the Spring semester.  Approximately 30-40 new students will be selected for admission each semester, distributed among the two option areas.  Students who do not meet the minimum admission standards may still apply, and if ranked highly, may be admitted conditionally, at the discretion of the department.

Selection for admission is not based solely on academic credentials, but also upon the faculty’s assessment of candidates’ personal development, interpersonal relationship skills, emotional and psychological maturity, and potential for professional growth and success. These include the following professional dispositions:  Openness to diverse others, being non-judgmental, comfort with ambiguity, openness to feedback, openness to change, self-awareness, and empathy.  The small group interview interactions provide opportunities for this assessment, and allow potential candidates to assess their goodness of fit with the Counseling profession.