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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 (989)774-3205. 
  • For information on financing your Master of Arts in Counseling degree:           Financing your Master of Arts in Counseling Degree 
  • On-Campus Application deadlines: February 1 for fall admission and September 1 for spring admission, each year. 

    Gobal Campus Application deadline: April 1 for fall admission (Fall 2021- Southfield and Saginaw). 
  • A complete application includes:
    • a graduate application,
    • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work (sent to the Admissions Processing department (,
    • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the Admissions Processing department (use code 1106) **NOTE: the GRE is waived from May 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021 for all Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants**,
    • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study, and
    • Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters (one professional [e.g. supervisor, employer, academic professor/instructor] and one personal [not a family member]). Letters will only be accepted with the attached Program Recommendation Form.
  • **NOTE: the GRE is waived from May 1, 2020 through May 1, 2021 for all Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants**
    ​The GRE assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Testing centers, test dates,​ registration and seating availability can be found at Applicants should complete the GRE General Test (not the subject tests). When selecting a test date, make sure your scores will be reported in time for your application deadlines of February 1st or September 1st. For computer-delivered tests, scores reports are sent to your designated score recipients approximately 10–15 days after your test date, but can take up to six weeks for paper-based scoring. CMU must receive the official score report from the testing company, rather than from the applicant. Please use CMU's code 1106 when requesting official copies. For more information about the GRE, including preparing for the exam, click here.
  • The written statement should consist of a 2-3 page APA formatted essay detailing the following: (1) an explanation of why the applicant wants to enter the Counseling program/profession, (2) what skills the applicant possesses that would make the applicant successful in the graduate program in Counseling, and (3) how the Counseling program is congruent with the applicant's career goals. Your written statement should be uploaded directly to your online application. 
  • Two completed Program Recommendation Forms with Attached Letters are required for your application. One should be a professional reference from an academic instructor, current/past supervisor, colleague etc. The second should be a personal reference from a mentor, advisor, volunteer manager, etc. Letters written from family members or friends are not acceptable. Please use the following 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) (2.7 minimum), 2 letters of recommendation, written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study, and GRE score all are considered in determining admission. Students who have below a 2.7 minimum undergraduate GPA are still encouraged to apply and will receive consideration. All application materials and GRE score must be received by the university ​​before a decision will be made whether to invite the applicant on-campus for the in-person interview process. 
  • If an applicant has met all of the requirements on paper, they will be invited to a online interview process which is facilitated by program 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 with Stipulations. To be eligible for removal of stipulations, the student must first complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of course work in the Counselor Education program with a minimum 3.0 GPA and receive a faculty vote of confidence.

    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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