What we look for and
how we decide
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.
Each year, we admit a new cohort of approximately 50 students, or 12 - 13 per specialty area
On average, we receive over 300 applications
The average GPA of our admitted students is a 3.49
Applicants must have completed their bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution prior to enrollment in the fall. All undergraduate degrees must be equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor’s degree.
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.
Faculty members in the Counselor Education Department review each application. Applications are rated across the following indices:
Past academic performance
Relevant work/volunteer experience
Evaluation of your personal statement
Evaluation of your two letters of recommendation
Performance at the in-person interview
Qualified applicants are invited to an in-person interview, to be held on March 12, 2020. Please hold this date.
Admission decisions are made by early April and applicants are given approximately two weeks to commit to the program and make a tuition deposit to secure their seat. This tuition deposit will be refunded during the second week of the academic term after the student matriculates to the program.
Resources for students preparing to apply
- Attend an information session
- General sessions focused on the program structure and curriculum can help you decide whether counseling is the right choice and PSU the right place.
- Attend a session focused on the application
- Titled Counselor Education: Application Insight Panel, these sessions focus entirely on the application and the faculty evaluation process
- Review the following application review materials:
**Please note, these materials are subject to change. Check back to ensure that you are using the most up-to-date versions. Additionally, sample materials are simply guides to help structure your own materials, not a template.