Application Procedure

All undergraduate degrees are eligible for entry into either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs and no prerequisite courses are required. Admittance to either program is based on several factors, including an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (when graduate semester hours are 9 or greater). Before any admissions decision can be made, all required application materials must be received. You will find all necessary steps for applying to the programs listed below. Items must be forwarded to the correct office by the appropriate deadline. Applying to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling programs is a two-tiered process.

  • Priority deadline for Graduate Assistantship students beginning Fall Semester is March 1
  • Deadline to begin Fall Semester is August 1
  • Deadline to begin Spring Semester is December 1

I. The following items are required for admission consideration to either degree program

  • A completed online graduate college application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75. Contact the Graduate School with any questions.
  • One (1) official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Transcripts must be forwarded directly from the institution(s).
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (General exam only) should be ordered from E.T.S. Scores may not be older than six (6) years at the time of admission.

II. College of Education and Program Requirements:

In addition to the requirements from the graduate college listed above, please submit a writing sample addressing the prompts listed below and three (3) letters of recommendation.  Your application will be reviewed for the following criteria: 

  • your aptitude for graduate study
  • your potential success in forming effective counseling relationships
  • your aptitude for working with diverse populations
  • the relevance of your career goals to the counseling profession

Your letters of recommendation should be from persons familiar with your work and/or academic habits (e.g., supervisors, professors, employers) and address the above criteria. Writing Sample: Respond to the following questions. The combined length of all answers should not exceed five (5) typed, double-spaced, APA style pages.

  • Why are you seeking a graduate degree in clinical mental health or school counseling?
  • What experiences have you had that you believe will prepare you for a career in counseling?
  • Besides a graduate degree and a job, what do you hope to gain from your experience as a graduate student?
  • What factors do you believe constitute a culturally competent and sensitive counseling professional and how does that pertain to you? Also, comment on any experience you may have had working with diverse populations.
  • What type of population do you believe you would feel most comfortable counseling?
  • Who, if anyone, influenced your decision to pursue graduate work in counseling?

Complete the Online Graduate Application

Graduate Assistantships

The School of Counseling and Special Education offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to degree-seeking students engaged in full-time graduate study. Graduate assistantships are awarded based on the excellence of student credentials and the availability of funding. Eligibility is restricted to students with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (or a minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 when graduate semesters hours are nine or greater). To receive full consideration, submit the Graduate Assistantship Application by March 1.

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For more information about the graduate programs in Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling, contact Robin DuFresne, Ph.D.,, 419-372-7282.