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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.


See below documents for specific requirements for M.Ed., 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


To review FAQs for Prospective Students, click HERE. Interested applicants can also attend one of our 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.  


The Department of Counseling and Higher Education offers graduate financial assistance for a limited number of master’s and doctoral students. To 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:

Adrienne Erby, PhD, NCC
Counselor Education Program Coordinator
Lecturer and Interim Director of the George E. Hill Center
McCracken Hall 437A




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 scheduled to begin in January 2017. The deadline for initial consideration is October 15, 2016 for Spring admission. 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 April 2019. Each term, one course is scheduled for Friday evening (5pm-8pm) and two are scheduled for Saturday (9am-12pm; lunch break; 1pm-5pm). To learn more about 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
McCracken Hall 432K