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Admission Requirements

If you want to pursue a master's degree in Clinical Counseling at Emporia State University, you are required to apply through the Graduate School in addition to the Counselor Education department.

You should complete all of the necessary admission requirements prior to enrolling in courses. An admissions committee composed of faculty members will consider the following criteria in deciding whether or not to recommend an applicant for admission:

  1. Apply to Graduate School at Emporia State University.
  2. Your official transcripts, showing earned BS, BA, BFA, or BSE degree.
  3. Your undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale or a 3.25 on the last 60 semester hours, and/or graduate GP A of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Writing style and content of program application.
  5. Education and employment history: Please mention any volunteer or work experience with special populations in online application.
  6. Three references, at least one from a current or former supervisor if relevant. Reference forms are available at the Graduate School website, however, letters are preferred.
  7. Interview with faculty. Interviews may be conducted in person or via distance technology.
  8. Complete Department of Counselor Education Graduate Student Application.

Additional admissions requirements for dual curriculum Art Therapy Counseling and Clinical Counseling applicants:

  • Completed Art Therapy Counseling graduate student application
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a target score of 300 (verbal and quantitative)
  • Prerequisite of 18 semester hours of psychology to include Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology
  • 18 hours of studio art coursework
  • Electronic portfolio with 15-20 examples of artwork demonstrating competence with a range of media.

All qualified applicants to Counselor Education receive equal consideration for admission, regardless of race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, gender, familial or parental status, marital status, sexual orientation or identity, religious or non-religious beliefs, age, disability, military or veteran status, or socioeconomic status. ESU provides accommodations to applicants with disabilities, as requested from the Office of Student Accessibility and Support Services. People of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Degree Requirements

Degree Candidacy Requirements

Candidacy is the formal approval for pursuit of the master's degree after it is determined that all specified criteria have been met. Upon completion of six to twelve hours, students should make application for Degree Candidacy through their advisor. Requirements for degree candidacy are as follows:

  • Degree plan filed through student's advisor.
  • Maintain a B average with no grade lower than B.

Graduation Requirements

The requirements for completion of an M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling include:

  1. your completion of an approved program of study as developed and approved by your faculty advisor;
  2. your application for degree candidacy;
  3. your passing of a written comprehensive examination (taken during the final semester of enrollment). Students need to sign-up for this examination during their final semester of internship. An alternative to the comprehensive examination is completion of a master’s level thesis.
  4. Finally, you must complete an Intent to Graduate Form.