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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 January 15th each year using the online application process.

View the GSE Application Deadlines

Application process

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. Select the name of your program in your CollegeNet application:

  • "Counselor Education: Clinical Mental Health, Masters" for a master degree that focuses on Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • "Counselor Education: Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, Masters" for a master's degree that focuses on Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • "Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling, Certificate" for a post-master's degree graduate certificate with content in Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling but does not lead to becoming a LMFT or LPC (degree must be in Counseling or related field)
  • "Counselor Education: Clinical Rehabilitation, Masters" for a master's degree that focuses on Clinical Rehabilitation counseling
  • "Counselor Education: School Counseling, Masters" for a master's degree that focuses on School Counseling
  • "School Counseling, Licensure" for a post-master's School Counselor licensure program (degree must be in Counseling or related field)

Application requirements

Application deadline: January 15 each year

  1. 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.
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions previously attended are required as part of the official application. Transcripts should be sent to the Portland State University Graduate School of Education PO Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751. Electronic official transcripts should be emailed to
    • To complete your application to the Graduate School of Education (GSE), you are required to submit official transcripts from every institution of higher education that you have ever attended. This is true regardless of whether or not you earned a credential from that institution, or if those credits were transferred to another school. Please review the transcript requirements.

Transcripts are due by the application submission deadline. Applications without official transcripts submitted will be considered incomplete and may be disqualified from the review process or may not be reviewed in time for you to be admitted for your desired term.

Former PSU students do not need to submit transcripts that are already on file. Please use the PSU Graduate School of Education Transcript Request Form to notify the admissions team to pull your previous records.

  • Professional references are REQUIRED to submit a recommendation form (not just a letter of recommendation) to the Counselor Education Department by the January 15 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.

Registration basics

There is a lot to know about registering for classes at PSU and it pays to be prepared. Those wanting to know if they can just sign up for a class should visit Who May Register to find out if they're eligible and if not, how to become eligible. It also leads users to information about specific populations of students (from international students to senior citizens) and how registration impacts them.

Prior to the start of each term, students begin registering for classes according to a set of rules pertaining to class standing. Find out more at When to Register.

How to Register takes users to step-by-step instructions for registering online and lays out basic information about common registration processes like auditing, clearing registration holds, and choosing grading options.

Students browse course offerings any time of day or night on the Class Schedule. Class listings are also available within the registration system, but this site doesn't require students to log in, and it's available 24/7.

Finally, registering for classes is done via Online Registration.