Prospective Students

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Professional School Counseling program faculty and students abide by and support the Appalachian State diversity statement. The PSC program faculty is committed to preparing students who value diversity, inclusion, and social justice in a school setting and are able to work competently with students, colleagues, faculty, and supervisors from diverse populations. We acknowledge contextual, historical, and current injustices. We strive to be responsive, reduce our role in perpetuating injustice, and work towards prevention and creating equality. We are committed to creating a cultural climate where all people feel welcome, valued, and included.  The PSC Program is committed to recruiting and supporting students from all backgrounds.  

On campus and off campus resources that support diversity and inclusion can be found here:

ASU Multicultural Center

Inclusive Excellence & Diversity Statement 

Diversity and Inclusion at App State

Out in the High Country

PSC Virtual Brochure

For a link to a virtual brochure which contains testimonials from students and professors, please click here!

Prospective Students Information

  • It is encouraged for prospective students to submit application by January 1st as this will be when we begin reviewing applications.
  • We average about 60 applicants per year and typically admit 10-18 students per year.
  • Students interested in a Master's of Arts in Professional School Counseling (K-12) need to apply on-line through the Graduate School.
  • This program is typically a 2 to 2.5 year long program including summer sessions. 
  • The program of study totals 60 credit hours and each class the students are enrolled in are in 3 hour blocks (worth 3 credit hours each).
  • As we operate with a cohort model, admissions do not begin spring semester. 
  • We are an on-campus program.
  • The program starts summer or fall semester during admission year.
  • 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.
  • While opportunities for research are available for students a dissertation is not required for completion of the program.
  • There are no major prerequisites to be admitted into the program, but students with prior experience in working with children and families are preferred. Most students in our program come from backgrounds related to human services, such as psychology or education. 
  • There are no cold cut-off scores for the GRE*, however the Graduate School does require applicants have a GPA of 3.0 to be accepted into the program.
  • This program does offer graduate assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships opportunities.
  • For information about financial aid, please visit the Appalachian Office of Financial Aid page at

*GRE scores can be waived; contact the graduate school for more information
For more information, please refer to the "Application Process" tab under "Propspective Students".