Prospective Graduate Students FAQs
How long does it take to complete the program?
The amount of time it takes to complete the program depends on whether students choose to go full time or part time. Beginning in the summer, full-time students will complete the program in 3 years and part-time students will complete the program in 4-5 years.
When are the courses offered?
Most of our classes are offered in the early afternoons (12-3) or in the early evenings (3-8). Summer classes tend to be offered in the morning, afternoon and some evenings. Currently, we do not offer courses on Fridays or weekends.
Can I work and attend graduate school?
Our answer is, “yes" and "it depends”. Working full-time while also completing our program is probably not a viable option for most students. Students choosing to enroll full-time are encouraged to seek part-time employment or apply to be a Graduate Assistant on campus. Part-time students may continue to work at their current employment; however please keep in mind additional demands of the practicum and internship experiences. Practicum requires 100 hours (6-8 hours a week) and internship requires 600 hours total (300 per semester or approximately 20 hours a week, which will most likely not allow you to maintain full-time work status. Ultimately, it is up to the student to determine the amount of work they can handle while also completing their coursework. Finally, you may not use your current place of employment for a potential Practicum or Internship site.
What is the job market like for Professional Counselors?
The job market for professional counselors ebbs and flows like most professional careers across our nation. Our program prides itself in graduating counseling professionals who generally secure employment prior to and/or early after graduation. Our belief is this, if you are dedicated, passionate, professional, and eager to pursue a career in professional counseling, you will accomplish your goal.
Can I take a course as a non-admitted student?
Students not formally admitted to the program and whom intend to complete the school counseling emphasis may enroll in the following course:
SPEC ED 352/552 Youth with Disabilities
This is the only course in which non-admitted students may enroll. You will be administratively dropped from courses for which you are ineligible. Please note, taking a course as a non-admitted student does not guarantee admission or give you preference in admission selections.
How often are graduate students admitted?
Graduate students are admitted once a year for the summer semester. Admission applications are due each year by January 15th. Faculty begins screening applications shortly thereafter. A faculty committee of two reviews the applications and makes recommendations for the on-campus interviews. On-campus interviews are normally scheduled for late February. Once the interview process is complete, two-three weeks later acceptance letters are sent to the students.
How many graduate students are admitted each year?
Admission to the Department of Professional Counseling is competitive. The number of graduate students admitted annually varies, depending on the available space within the program. Generally, the faculty invites about 35 students into the professional counseling program.
Do I have to take the GRE for admissions?
No. The GRE is not an admission requirement. We rely on other criteria and the MAT for admissions. Please note, the GRE cannot substitute for the MAT.
What happens if I miss the admissions deadline or have an incomplete file?
Late and/or incomplete admissions applications are not considered. We strongly encourage applicants to submit all admissions materials well in advance of the January 15th deadline. Should applicants miss the deadline, their application will move to the next years admission cycle.
What happens after my application materials are submitted?
After your applications is received and the admissions deadline, program faculty will review applicant materials and invite selected applicants to an on-campus interview process. These are generally held in late February.
Do out of state applicants have to attend the on-campus interview process, if invited?
Generally, yes. All applicants invited to the on-campus interview process must attend in order to be considered for admission. Generally, we give 15-30 days of advance notice of the on-campus interview date so that you may plan your travel accordingly. However, we do understand that things come up, so if you are absolutely not able to attend you may contact our program admission chairs, Amney Harper and Charles Lindsey, to discuss alternative options.
What happens at the on-campus interview process?
The on-campus interview process involves individual and group interviews. The day begins with an orientation to the program, followed by two individual interviews with faculty and one group process interview, which two faculty facilitate. Throughout the day you will also have opportunities to meet with current graduate students, who can answer many questions you may have about the program. The interview process is designed to help the faculty and you make informed decisions about admission into the program.
What happens after the on-campus interview process?
Immediately following the on-campus interviews, the faculty makes their decisions. Applicants selected will receive an official letter regarding the admission decision. This notification is mailed about two weeks after the on-campus interview.