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Admission Requirements

  • Admission Requirements
    View our ​Counseling Program Admissions Overview FAQ video
  • Thank you for your interest in our program. All those interested in applying for admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling program on/before the February 1, 2017 admissions deadline and any admissions deadline thereafter (Sept 1st/Feb 1st), will be applying for a 60-credit hour Master’s Degree. 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. Our website will be under construction over the next year to provide a clear and accurate picture of our revised program. 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.pdf
  • Application deadlines are: February 1 for summer/fall admission and September 1 for spring admission, each year.
  • A complete application includes:
    • a graduate application,
    • all transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degree work,
    • recent (not more than five years old) Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score to be sent directly to the College of Graduate Studies (use code 1106),
    • written statement of purpose and general plans for graduate study, and
    • 2 letters of recommendation (one professional [e.g. supervisor, employer, academic professor/instructor] and one personal [not a family member]). Letters will only be accepted with an original signature
  • ​The GRE assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Testing centers, test dates,​ registration and seating availability can be found at 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. 
  • 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.
  • Two letters of recommendation 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.  Letters could include information about the following: a.) your professional background, including important employment and/or volunteer experiences; b.) helpful personality characteristics and traits; and/or c.) personal/professional suitability for the counseling profession, to name a few. The CMU Counseling program does not use any type of official recommendation template or form to submit to recommenders. Letters will only be accepted with an original signature
  • 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 invited to a ½ day in-person 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 in-person interview, the applicant will be recommended for admission. This decision will be sent to The College of Graduate Studies and if approved, the applicant will be admitted on a conditional basis. To be eligible for regular admission status, the student must first complete a minimum of 9 semester credit hours of course work in the Counseling program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. The student must then submit an application for regular admission (available in the CSE office), which will be reviewed by the Counseling program faculty, using established department criteria to determine the student's suitability for regular admission.​​

    As a requirement for graduation of the Counseling Program at CMU, students are required to completed 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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