Prospective Graduate Student FAQs
How long does it take to complete the program?
Generally, our program can be completed in 2 1/2 years or more depending on whether you choose to go full- or part-time. Beginning in Fall 2011, full-time students will complete the program in 2 1/2 years and part-time students will complete the program in 4-5 years.
When are the courses offered?
Generally, most of our courses are offered early afternoon and evening. Summer courses tend to be offered in the morning, afternoon, and some evenings. In keeping up with advancements in technology, we do offer some hybrid online courses. Currently we do not offer courses on Fridays or weekends.
Can I work and attend graduate school?
Our answer is, "Yes and it depends." Maintaining full-time employment while completing our program is probably not a viable option. Students choosing to enroll full-time are encouraged to seek part-time work 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 the clinical portion of the program, which includes a 100-hour practicum and 600-hour internship, will not allow you to maintain full-time work status. Likewise, you may not use your current employment as your internship.
What is the job market for professional counselors?
The job market for professional counselors ebbs and flows like most professional careers across the nation. Our program prides itself in graduating counseling professionals who generally secure employment prior to and 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 courses 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 Youth with Disabilities
This is the only courses in which non-admitted students may enroll. You will be administratively dropped from courses for which you are ineligible. Please note that taking courses 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 Summer semester. Admission applications are due each year by January 15. Faculty begin screening applications shortly thereafter. A faculty committee of three reviews the applications and makes recommendations for the on-campus interviews. Applicants are invited to the on-campus interviews, which are scheduled in late February. Once the interview process is complete, two- three weeks later acceptance letters are sent to students from the Office of Graduate Studies.
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 available space within the 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.
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 15 deadline. Should applicants miss the January 15 deadline, their application will move to the next year's admission cycle.
What happens after my application materials are submitted?
After your application is received and the admissions deadline, program faculty will review applicant materials and invite selected applicants to an on-campus interview process, generally held in late February.
Do out of state applicants have to attend the on-campus interview process, if invited?
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.
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. 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 make their decisions. Applicants selected will receive an official letter from the Office of Graduate Studies regarding the admission decision. This notification is mailed about two weeks after the on-campus interview.