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Admissions Requirements
(Application Deadline April 1 for Fall Admissions)

Graduate Admissions

Grade Point Average

To be accepted for the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling or the Master of Arts in Elementary or Secondary School Counseling, the prospective student must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 2.7 or better. Applicants who do not meet the required GPA may be admitted conditionally and 12 hours of prerequisite credit will be required in which the student must earn a GPA of 3.0 to obtain full admissions.

GRE Scores
The prospective student must take a combined GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative) of 800. Students may be conditionally admitted with scores below the required level, but will be required to take additional courses to strengthen abilities in critical thinking and/or quantitative skills.

Letters of Reference
The prospective students must submit three letters of reference, of which two must be from former or current college professors. The letters should address the student's: scholastic aptitude and potential to pursue a research-based program of graduate study; oral and written competencies; emotional maturity; and professional integrity. Performance indicators might be requested by the Admissions Committee, descriptions of which are encouraged in the reference letter.

Personal Statement of Goals
The Admission Committee considers the Personal Statement of Goals to be a major part of the application packet. The Statement should be a concise essay of 3-5 pages, double-spaced, and typewritten. A statement receiving the highest possible credit for structure and content, will be one that is well organized, displaying correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling. It is expected the Statement will convey sensitivity to cultural diversity, relevant personal background characteristics, and identification with the counseling profession. The following list of questions is to serve as guide in formulating the statement.

  1. Who Am I As a Person? 
  2. How do I assess my developmental history up to this point in my life - the high and low points and how they have shaped my character? 
  3. What are my five best qualities? 
  4. What five areas of my life do I need to improve? 
  5. Is my glass of water half full or half empty? Why? 
  6. What are the biggest criticisms people have of me? 
  7. What are my personal goals and objectives? 
  8. Who Am I Becoming As a Professional Counselor? 
  9. What are my reasons for wanting to become a professionally trained counselor? 
  10. Do I feel my emotional issues will be addressed and resolved by becoming a counselor? 
  11. What are my professional strengths and weaknesses? 
  12. With what type of clients do I wish to work and why?
  13. Given the demands of graduate education, what plans have I made for managing my financial, employment, family and personal needs?

Personal Interview

  1. Upon admissions, a student must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA. Further, a grade of 'C' in the student's core requirements cannot be used toward graduation. Any core course in which a grade of 'C' is earned, must be repeated until a grade of 'B' or above is earned. If the student's overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student is automatically placed on probation. Students will be allowed one academic semester to remove the probationary status. 
  2. A student must adhere to personal and ethical standards of professional conduct, as articulated in University and Departmental policies, and the codes of ethics of applicable professional organizations.