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Admission Requirements

  • Admission Requirements
  • Thank you for your interest in our program. All those interested in applying for admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling program will be applying for a 60-credit hour Master’s Degree in Counseling. Our program is pursuing the highest level of accreditation in the counseling profession through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). As a result of this enhancement to our program, we are increasing the number of required credits to 60, which we expect will become the national standard for counseling programs in the near future. Please review the admissions requirements listed below to complete your application. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Department of Counseling & Special Education at 
  • A complete application includes:
    • a graduate application,
    • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work,
    • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study, and
    • Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with attached letters. Both letters must be from professional and/or academic references. Letters will only be accepted with the attached Program Recommendation Form, sent to
  • The written statement should consist of a 3 page APA formatted essay detailing the following:
    (1) state your career goals;
    (2) describe how completing an M.A. in Counseling will help you fulfill those goals; and
    (3) describe your strength and areas for growth as a graduate student. 
    Your written statement should be uploaded directly to your online application. 
  • Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with attached letters are required for your application. Both should be professional references from an academic instructor, current/past supervisor, colleague, etc. Letters written from family members or friends are not acceptable.

    Please use the Program Recommendation Form to provide to those people you wish to receive a recommendation from: Program Letter of Recommendation Form. The student should complete the top half of the form, and then the person providing the reference should complete the bottom portion of the form and submit it directly to the Central Michigan University Admission Office email at
  • The applicant’s cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA)
    (2.8 minimum), two letters of recommendation, and written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study are all considered in determining admission. Students who have below a 2.8 minimum undergraduate GPA are still encouraged to apply and will receive consideration. All application materials must be received in the Department of Counseling and Special Education before a decision will be made whether to invite the applicant for
    either a virtual or in-person interview.
  • If an applicant has met all of the requirements and is invited for a virtual or in-person interview by department faculty, attendance at the interview is mandatory and the dates of the interview will be made available in advance for you to make accommodations to be there.
  • Upon successful completion of the initial screening process and interview, the applicant will be recommended for admission. This decision will be sent to Graduate Studies and if approved, the applicant will receive Regular Admission.
  • As a requirement for graduation of the Counseling Program at CMU, students are required to complete 5 hours of personal counseling throughout their tenure in the program. To encourage an informed process, please review the complete policy and hours log under "Student Resources" before applying to our program.
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