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Counselor Education Admissions


Approximately 25-30 M.Ed. students and 6-10 Ph.D. students are admitted annually by the Counselor Education program. The Counselor Education Program admits non-degree seeking students on a rolling basis. Prospective non-degree seeking students should contact the program coordinator for application and enrollment information. Academic credentials, experience, compatibility of personal characteristics and professional goals with advanced study in the field of counseling and counselor education are all taken into consideration in the evaluation process.

The master’s and doctoral programs in Counselor Education admit degree-seeking students during fall semesters only, with the opportunity to begin some courses in the summer semester, largely elective courses. The date on which faculty begin reviewing applications for admission is January 15th, preceding the summer or fall semester prospective students wish to enter. Applications should be submitted by this date. Pending available seats, late applications may be reviewed. Applicants should contact if submitting a late application. APPLY NOW!


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See below links for specific requirements for M.Ed. (Athens and Regional campus), Ph.D., and Non-degree applications.

  • For more information on applying to the M.Ed. degree program in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health [CMH] Counseling, CMH/Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, or School Counseling program specialization), click HERE
  • For more information on applying to the Ph.D. degree program in Counselor Education, click HERE.
  • For more information on applying for Non-degree status in the Counselor Education program, click HERE. Students may not use credit earned under non-degree status towards program requirements if they wish to apply as a degree-seeking student.



To review FAQs for Prospective Students, click HERE. Applicants interested in applying for the 2018-2019 academic year can attend one of our Program Information Sessions, offered both on campus and online. Program Information Sessions will resume in September and November of 2017.  


The Department of Counseling and Higher Education offers graduate financial assistance for a limited number of master’s and doctoral students. Counselor education students may apply for a Graduate Appointment (GA) in the Department of Counseling and Higher Education, click HERE. Applications received by January 15th receive priority and reviewed following admissions decisions.

For general information about financial aid for graduate students at Ohio University, click HERE.

Admissions Process

Applications are independently reviewed by 2-3 different faculty members. Faculty review personal statement, GPA, test scores, professional and volunteer experiences, etc. Faculty consider the application as a whole (i.e., a single factor will not disqualify an applicant) and areas of low performance can be explained in the Personal Statement. Following the initial independent review, a selected number of applicants are offered an invitation to attend a group interview on campus.  Following the group interview, applicants will be (a) offered admission; (b) removed from further consideration; or (c) placed on a Wait List, so if other offers are not accepted, admission may still be possible. The program coordinator communicates admissions decisions via email (typically in March) and official offers of admission are sent by the Graduate College. Some late admissions are acceptable on a case by case basis, depending on class size.

For more information, please contact:

Yegan Pillay, PhD, LPCC-S
Associate Professor
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
McCracken Hall 432M