Counselor Education Admission
Applicants are only admitted for fall term once per year, except for School Counseling (Licensure only), which has a summer start. After an initial screening, qualified applicants will be invited to an interview with program faculty. Incomplete applications will not be considered for an interview. It is critical that you fully complete and submit your application by the application deadline in order to be considered.
Applications must be submitted by February 1 each year using the online application process.
Applications are now open! We’ve simplified our process - by submitting a single application in our new College Net application system you will be considered for admission to your program as well as at Portland State University. This new web based application system will allow you to input your personal information, upload materials, and track your application status from any online location. See application requirements below for more information.
Application deadline: February 1 each year
- Online Application: Create an account and complete the PSU application for graduate admission and submit the $65 application fee. Note: Only one application is needed to apply to both the Counseling program of your choice and PSU.
- Unofficial transcripts are required for all institutions attended as part of the application process. Please upload copies of your unofficial transcripts into the appropriate section of the online application. Please review what constitutes an unofficial transcript.
- Note: Once admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment.
- Former PSU students do not need to submit transcripts that are already on file. Please use this form to notify the admissions team to pull your previous records. You will need to upload this completed form in lieu of uploading unofficial transcripts. You will find instructions for submitting your references and transcripts to the program in the online application.
- Professional references are REQUIRED to submit a recommendation form (not just a letter of recommendation) by mail to the Counselor Education Department by the February 1 deadline. Recommendation forms can be found in the online program application.
Please note: standardized test scores (GRE or MAT) are NOT required for admission.
School Counseling applicants only:
In addition to the application for admission to the Department of Counselor Education, School Counseling applicants must also submit the following:
- Track I (applicants with a current teaching license): students must document two years' experience as a licensed school teacher (verify by including official documentation of work on site letterhead). After initial review of your application, your application status and checklist page will ask for this documentation to be uploaded to your application.
- Track II (applicants without a current teaching license): Document work (paid or unpaid) with youth in an educational setting (verify by including official documentation of work on site letterhead). After initial review of your application, your application status and checklist page will ask for this documentation to be uploaded to your application.
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