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Admission + Graduation Requirements

Our program is one of only two School Counseling programs in Kansas accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Admission Requirements

You should complete all of the necessary admission requirements prior to enrolling in courses.

  1. A completed Graduate School Application.
  2. Official transcripts, showing earned BS, BA, BFA, or BSE degree.
  3. Undergraduate Grade-Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point scale or a 3.24 on the last 60 semester hours, and/or graduate GPA 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 applications.
  6. Three references, at least one from your current or recent employer/supervisor if relevant. These may be completed using this reference form, however letters are preferred.
  7. Interview with faculty. Interviews may be conducted in person or via distance technology.
  8. Completed Department of Counselor Education Graduate Student Application.
  9. A writing sample to be completed at time of interview.
To start courses in... Deadline for all admission materials Interview date
Summer February 10 End of February / Beginning of March
Fall July 1 End of July / Beginning of August
Spring September 15 End of September / Beginning of October


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 request from the Office of Disability 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 in core courses.

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. applying 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, students must complete an Intent to Graduate Form available from this page.