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Admissions - Counselor Education

Admissions Process and Criteria

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. 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.

Student Classroom

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 deadline and date on which faculty begin reviewing applications for admission is January 15th, preceding the summer or fall semester prospective students wish to enter. Applications for financial assistance from the Department of Counseling and Higher Education should also be submitted at that time and will be reviewed following admissions decisions. 

  • For more information on applying to the M.Ed. degree program in Counselor Education (Clinical Mental Health [CMH], 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 and Supervision, click HERE.
  • For more information on applying for Non-degree status in the Counselor Education program, click HERE

Admissions Process

See below for specific requirements for M.Ed., Ph.D., and Non-degree applications. Interested applicants should review Frequently Asked Questions: Prospective Students and/or attend Counselor Education Program Information Sessions, offered both on-campus and online beginning Fall 2016 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Please contact for details on Program Information Sessions.  

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:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Lecturer and Interim Director of the George E. Hill Center
Lindley Hall N160F

Ohio-Pickerington Center Regional Program

The Counselor Education program at Ohio University is pleased to announce that we are assembling a regional cohort for the Ohio University Pickerington Center. The clinical mental health/clinical rehabilitation (CMH/CLRC) program is slated to begin when we have completed recruitment using a rolling admissions process. If enough qualified students are admitted by Fall 2016, the cohort will begin Fall 2016. If recruitment continues beyond July 31, 2016, all accepted students will be offered admission to the regional program beginning in January 2017 instead. The regional cohort program planned for Pickerington follows the academic calendar (approximately 15 weeks per semester) and is offered in fall, spring, and summer semesters for two and one half years, with an anticipated graduation date of December 2018. Each term, one course is scheduled for Friday evening (5pm-8pm) and two are scheduled for Saturday (9am-12pm; lunch break; 1pm-5pm). For more information on the regional CMH/CLRC program, click HERE

For more information on the Regional Program, please contact:

Andrew Byrne, PhD, LPC, CRC
Regional Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Lindley Hall N274