Graduate School Review Process
Each applicant seeking admission to a counseling program specialty must include with the other required materials, a typewritten statement of professional purpose that reflects the applicant’s background development, pertinent work-related experience, professional career objectives and specified ways that completion of this program will contribute to his/her goal for becoming a professional counselor.
Counselor Education Faculty Review Process
The application portfolio is reviewed by Counseling faculty and candidates with a) acceptable scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller's Analogy Test (MAT) and b) acceptable Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA). The miniumum acceptable scores are as follows: GRE - 290 and MAT - 388. The minimum acceptable Undergraduate GPA is 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
Applicants who do not meet the acceptable scores for both test scores and grade point average, Counseling Faculty will conclude an applicant is not to be admitted to the program and an official letter will be mailed informing the student of the faculty decision.
Applicants deemed to have acceptable scores and grades will be invited to the second phase of the admission process. Applicants are required to participate in an on-site group admission interview. Applicants should not infer they have been admitted into the program if granted an admissions interview.
After the interview, candidates may be given one of three evaluations a) admit, b) admit on probation, or c) denied. Applicants are notified of their admission status by mail within two weeks of the completion of the interview.
Applicants or potential applicants are encouraged to hold themselves to professional standards and refrain from inquiries about acceptance of their scores prior to official faculty review of applications. Following the review, each applicant will receive a formal letter from Counseling Program faculty. Applicants will either receive a letter of acceptance for an admissions interview or letter of denial of admission.
Enrollment Prior to Admission
Potential students may take classes prior to admission to the Counselor Education Program as "non-degree seeking" students. However, non-degree seeking students are limited to enrollment in 12 hours of coursework. Non-degree seeking students may enroll in elective courses. Non-degree seeking students are not permitted to take "core" counseling courses (see Policy and Procedure manual for the list of core counseling course) prior to admission. There are no exceptions. It is also important to note that student's take coursework as a non-degree seeking student at their own risk. Enrolling and passing non-degree seeking coursework does not guarantee the student admission to the program as admission criteria (e.g., test scores, undergraduate GPA, and interview) are the primary factors considered when reviewing student suitability for the program.
When Counseling faculty conclude a student is to be admitted to the program, an official letter will be mailed informing the student of the faculty decision along with further instructions.