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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.


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.

A maximum of six graduate credit hours may be transferred with approval of the Graduate School and departmental review. 

Advanced Education Programs Department Background Check Process and Procedure

1. Beginning September 1, 2014, all degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking applicants for programs within Advanced Education Programs (AEP) Department will be required to successfully complete a Background Check prior to admittance to AEP.

2. Candidates are responsible for obtaining the background check and for the cost.

3. Applicants who have completed a successful background check within four years of the date of receipt of the application in the Graduate School may submit a record of the successful check to Katlyn Pauly,, in lieu of obtaining a new background check.

4. Applicants who do not have a successful background check within four years of the date of the application will be required to have a check completed. Please see the directions below.

5. All Background Check information is to be submitted to Katlyn Pauly, Academic Program Specialist in the Graduate School,

6. Background check information will be verified prior to the application being forwarded to graduate faculty for screening for admission.

7. Validity Screening Solutions will be recommended to all applicants needing a background check. Information on securing a background check is available from Katlyn Pauly in the Graduate School, 785-628-4236.


Beginning September 1, 2014, all degree-seeking and non-degree-seeking applicants for programs within Advanced Education Programs (AEP) Department will be required to successfully complete a Background Check prior to admittance to AEP.

Here is what you need to do:
1. Go to the secure link:

2. Enter the Username and Password below:
Username: fhsu3138
Password: background

3. Create a personal profile by completing the required fields
1. If your email has been used in a previously created profile you will need to log in via the "Returning Student Log-In" section, select the "New Screening Profile" link on the next page.
2. If you have forgotten your password you can click on the "password (forget?)" link and answer the security question you chose when you first creating your personal profile.

4. Complete each section of the screening profile
1. Review the screening profile to ensure all sections are complete and click Next
2. Read the "Notice and Disclosure" and check the confirmation box
3. Read the "Summary of Rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act" and check the confirmation box.
4. Fill out all form fields in the Certification and Release and enter your signature in the electronic signature box.
5. Choose a payment option:
i. Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) $35.50 plus $2.00 administrative fee
ii. Money Order or Cashier's Check $35.50
6. Select Submit

* Your results will not be released to your institution until you successfully submit your request to Validity. This can be verified if you have received the confirmation email titled 'Academic Screening Profile Received. Results will be forwarded to Fort Hays State University. Instructions on how to access your completed report via your profile page will also be sent via email once your profile has been submitted. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Katlyn Pauly at (785)-628-4236 or You may also contact Validity Screening Solutions with technical questions at 913.322.5995, toll-free at 866.920.5995 or via email at


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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