Qualified applications must be a graduate of an accredited college or university (BA, BS or BSW degree).

Prerequisite courses include:

  • One upper division undergraduate or graduate level psychopathology course, such as COUN 430/530: Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnoses, or PSY 434: Introduction to Psychopathology
  • One upper-division or graduate-level introduction to counseling course, such as COUN 441/541: Introduction to Counseling

We recommend that students complete the prerequisite courses prior to the program starting in fall term. The courses do not need to be completed to submit an application but many applicants find that these courses are helpful to understanding the field of professional counseling.

Admitted students who have not completed the prerequisites prior to admission notification will be required to complete both prerequisites at the graduate (500) level. COUN 541: Introduction to Counseling must be completed by the end of fall quarter of their first year. COUN 530: Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnoses must be completed by the end of winter quarter of their first year.

COUN 541 is offered fall, winter, spring, and summer terms, COUN 530 is offered winter and summer terms, and PSY 434 is offered at the discretion of the Psychology Department but typically offered every term. If you have taken a similar course at another university and would like to have counseling faculty review it as a possible substitution, please download and submit the Course Substitution Form.pdf

Additionally, all students will be required to undergo a criminal background check prior to beginning the program. More detailed information will be furnished after admission

In addition, School Counseling applicants must:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Fingerprinting will be required upon admission acceptance