Frequently Asked Questions
What are the application deadlines?
Students are admitted to the Counselor Education Program three times per year. Students will be considered for admission only when all required materials have been received by the Counselor Education Program from the Graduate School by the dates listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to submit materials to the Graduate School at least one month in advance of the dates below to ensure the completed packet is forwarded to the Counselor Education Program prior to the deadline. Packets received by the Counseling Program after the deadlines will be considered for the following term. Admission for Materials must be received by the Counseling Faculty on: Fall Term - June 1, Spring term - October 1, and Summer term - April 1. This will mean that application packets should be submitted to the Graduate School at least 2 weeks prior.
When are classes offered?
Classes are typically offered 5 - 7:30 pm on Monday-Wednesdays until the clinical experience courses which are held on Thursdays. Times and days vary during the summer and for the occasional weekend course(s).
Does the program offer tuition assistance?
The Counselor Education Program, as an entity, does not offer tuition assistance. Any information regarding tuition can be ascertained through the Graduate School and/or Financial Aid office at hhttps://www.uab.edu/students/paying-for-college. Information about various scholarship, calculators, etc. can be found at https://www.uab.edu/students/scholarships. Once admitted to the program, students are encouraged to apply for small student scholarships funded by our Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society, Zeta.
How long is the program(s)?
The Clinical Mental Health in counseling degree is a 61 hour program and could take up to 3 to 3 1/2 years full time. The School Counseling degree is a 49 hour program and could take up to 2 1/2 years full time.
When do I start?
You will begin the semester of admission by contacting your assigned counseling faculty advisor to develop your Plan of Study (POS). Initial registration is restricted until its completion.
What is the structure of the program?
Students recently admitted to the program will be assigned a Program Advisor according to specialty area (Clinical Mental Health and School). The student should make an appointment with the assigned advisor as soon as possible to draft a program Plan of Study (POS). Initial registration will not be available without the POS. Any changes to the POS must be completed with the signatures of the Advisor and student.
Once the POS is complete, the student may register for courses according to the POS. Students must enroll for the required pre-candidacy courses in Area I upon being admitted to graduate study in the program. Any changes must be conducted with the signed approval of the faculty advisor.
To be entitled to continue with the post-candidacy course work leading to the degree (towards the end of your program of study), the student must be formally "Admitted to Candidacy" for the master’s degree. This occurs when the student successfully passes the Comprehensive Examinations and is recommended by the faculty to proceed in the program. Admission to Candidacy for the master’s degree requires that the student complete the following steps:
Meet with the assigned program advisor upon admission to discuss the goals of the program and to draft a program plan of study so that all prerequisites will be met appropriately.
Complete the pre-candidacy blocks of course work (Areas I & II) by demonstrating seriousness of purpose and the ability to perform academically at the graduate level.
Complete the Application for Candidacy form.
Successfully complete the qualifying comprehensive examination to demonstrate knowledge of the core content.
Demonstrate to the advisor and other counseling faculty that the chosen program is an appropriate one for the student to pursue professionally. * The Admission to Candidacy decision represents the program faculty’s commitment to supporting and assisting the student in his/her pursuit of the master’s degree in the field of professional counseling.