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Admission Requirements

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Admission Requirements (Effective July 1, 2015)
Effective July 1, 2015, the following criteria must be met for consideration and acceptance into the Masters of Arts in Counseling programs for Fall 2015 admission and beyond. Prior to July 1, 2015, applicants must follow the current admissions requirements set forth through the CMU Bulletin and on the department website.

To view our Counseling Program Admissions Overview FAQ video, please click here. 

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]).


• The GRE assesses verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, and analytical writing. Testing centers, test dates,​ registration and seating availability can be found here: 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.  


• 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. Application deadlines are: February 1 for Summer/Fall admission and September 1 for Spring admission.


• If an applicant has met all of the requirements and is invited on campus for the interview process by department faculty, the applicant will participate in a ½ day in-person interview on the main campus in Mount Pleasant, MI. 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 Counselor Education 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 Counselor Education faculty, using established department criteria to determine the student's suitability for regular admission.


In addition, for an applicant interested in school counseling, admission consideration will be based on the following:

• An applicant interested in school counseling who is a certified teacher with a valid Michigan teaching certificate may be admitted to the School Counseling program option. Upon completion of the degree program this student may apply through CMU's EHS Center for Student Services to add a counseling endorsement to his/her teaching certificate.


• An applicant interested in school counseling who does not have a valid Michigan teaching certificate must be admitted to the Professional Counseling program option. This student's program of study will consist of additional course work and require a portion of the internship requirement to be completed in a school setting. Upon completion of the degree program this student may apply for a school counseling license through CMU's EHS Center for Student Services.

For more information on the Graduate Record Exam, view


To apply for the Masters in Counseling Program, please visit the Graduate Studies website to fill out an online application.

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