Application files are given to program faculty for review. After completing the admissions process, each program presents their admissions recommendations to the Graduate Admissions Committee. The Committee (whose membership includes department chairs, faculty, and the graduate school dean) reviews the recommendations and makes the final decision regarding each candidate’s admission.
The program faculty and the Graduate Admission Committee carefully and thoughtfully consider many factors when evaluating candidates: prior academic experience and record, writing ability, references, interpersonal skills, professional experience, and program-specific requirements. Admissions decisions are based on a holistic assessment of an applicant’s potential to be a competent, ethical, and compassionate practitioner. An individual’s personal integrity and professional fitness are also relevant to the admissions process. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements of a given program does not guarantee admission.
Each applicant will be notified of an admission decision via email. A letter will be posted on your application status page and mailed to you. No information regarding your admission status will be given over the phone.
Candidates denied admission to the Graduate School may not appeal the decision. Specific information regarding an admission decision is confidential and will not be discussed. Denied applicants may reapply to the same program twice and no additional application will be considered.
Graduate Reply process
If admitted to a Counseling Psychology, School Counseling, Student Affairs Administration, Preservice Teaching, or Educational Leadership (EdD) degree program, you will be required to complete a Graduate Reply form indicating your decision regarding the offer of admission. If you choose to attend, a $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit is required in order to hold a space in the entering class.
You may request a deferral of your admission for one full year from your original intended start term (Summer 2018 to Summer 2019).
All deferrals are subject to faculty approval. If approved, a $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit is required to finalize the deferral.
You may only request a deferral for the same program to which you were admitted. If you want to enter a different program, you will need to submit a new application and follow all admissions requirements and deadlines for the new program.