Admission Requirements

The admissions process requires that you meet the requirements for both the FHSU Graduate School and the Counseling Program. Please fill out an application online and meet the requirement listed on the Graduate School Web site. The Graduate School requires that the departmental admission materials listed on this page be in the applicant’s file before it is forwarded to the department for evaluation.

A completed application to the Graduate School for programs in the Advanced Education Programs Department includes evidence of a successful Background Check.

In addition to the Graduate School Requirements, the Counseling Program requires that you submit the following materials with your graduate school application:

(a) Test score results showing a acceptable score on the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) or a combined verbal and quantitative acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Information and practice material for these tests can be obtained through the FHSU Kelly Center.

(b) Proof of a Grade Point Average of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit.

(c) Two letters of recommendation from supervisors and/or professional peers.

(d) A brief Professional Goals Statement related to the completion of a master’s degree as a counselor.

(e) Official transcripts of all college work completed and documentation of a degree conferral.

The Master’s Degree Committee in the Counseling Program will review the applicant’s file and forward its recommendation of approval or denial to the Dean of the Graduate School. If you are admitted to the Counseling program, the committee chair will appoint an advisor and designate a graduate committee responsible for developing your program of study.

If you are denied admission to the program, you should consider retaking the MAT or the GRE or filing an appeal to be admitted via a personal interview.

A maximum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours may be transferred with approval of the Graduate School and departmental review. Applicants may take up to nine (9) credit hours prior to formal admission to the counseling program. The hours may be accepted into their degree program after fulfilling all admission requirements.

Application Deadlines

The Counseling Program accepts applications throughout the year; however, the deadlines noted below have been established for admission to start in a particular semester. Failure to meet the deadline for a particular semester could delay admission into the program. 

  • Fall Semester               March 1
  • Spring Semester         October 1
  • Summer Semester     February 1 

 The counseling program faculty reserves the right to admit an applicant on a conditional basis. 



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