Application Process

Students interested in a Master's of Arts in Professional School Counseling (K-12) need to apply on-line through the Graduate School.

The application requires 3 letters of reference, transcripts from all previous institutions attended, GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative & Writing scores) work summary or resume, and a completed departmental questionnaire.

We begin the early admissions process by looking at applications in January. Promising candidates will be notified by e-mail to schedule an appointment for an interview. We will admit 20-25 students to start in summer or fall. We will keep an open, rolling enrollment until seats are filled or the July deadline. You are advised to get your application in early, prior to January 1st. We average over 60 applicants per year.

There are no real prerequisites to be admitted to the program but students with prior experience in working with children and families are preferred. Most of our students come from backgrounds related to human services, such as psychology or education.

North Carolina does not require school counselors to have prior teaching experience. But, students without ANY school experience will be required to complete HPC 4900, which requires students to volunteer in a public school for 10 days.

The Professional School Counseling Program Committee strives to value students from a holistic perspective. There are no cold cut-off scores for the GRE. The Graduate School requires applicants have a GPA of 3.0 to be accepted unconditionally. Students with GPA's below a 3.0 may still be accepted but will be on probation for the first semester. Students cannot hold a graduate assistantship when on probation. Applicants are evaluated on their academic success as well as their potential to develop personally and professionally.

The GRE can be taken on-line through ASU's Testing Center. Their number is 828-262-6801