Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling - School Counseling Program

The admissions process requires that you meet the requirements for both the FHSU Graduate School and the School Counseling Program. Please fill out an application online and submit the additional materials listed on the Graduate School website. The departmental admission materials listed on this page will need to be sent to the Graduate School, where they will be forwarded on to the Department of Advanced Educational Programs. When applying for this degree program in the Graduate School, look for this title on the application, MS in Counseling (School Counseling).  When applying for this program for endorsement only, look for this title on the application, Non-degree School Counseling.

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

Application Materials for the School Counseling Program

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

  1. Test score results showing an acceptable score on the Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) or a combined verbal and acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Information and practice material for these tests can be obtained through the FHSU Kelly Center
  2. Proof of a Grade Point Average of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate credit.
  3. Two letters of references from supervisors and/or professional peers.
  4. A brief Professional Goals Statement related to the completion of a master’s degree as a counselor.
  5. 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 their recommendation of approval or denial to the Dean of the Graduate School. If you are admitted to the Counseling program, the committee chairman 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 filing an appeal to be admitted via a personal interview.

A maximum of twelve graduate credit hours may be transferred with approval of the Graduate School and departmental review. Applicants may take up to nine 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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