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What we look for

Each year we receive over 200 applications for the master’s programs in the Counselor Education Department, and each fall we admit approximately 50 students to the M.S. program. Selection for admission is based upon past academic performance, relevant work/volunteer experience, and appropriateness of professional goals. We look for well-qualified applicants whose career goals are consistent with those of our department, and who have a commitment to diversity and our department’s mission.

Applicants must have completed their bachelor’s degree from an accredited university prior to enrollment in the fall. Students may have completed their degree in any area of study (social and behavioral sciences, natural sciences, humanities and fine arts, etc.), although demonstration of an understanding of behavioral sciences is preferred.

Applicants should have past experience, paid or volunteer, in a related human service setting, including schools, inpatient or outpatient mental health settings, child welfare services, etc. Although relevant experience is not required, social service experience is highly valued.

Applicants should show a commitment to diversity in this evolving cultural landscape and demonstrate a potential to blend values with knowledge and skills in the counseling field.