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General Admission Information

The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 12 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include: general psychology, human development, statistics, and abnormal psychology (or closely related). If seeking a master's degree in counseling, candidates must request admission to candidacy before completing nine hours of graduate course work. 

Admission Requirements 

Deadline for Priority Admission: February 20th 

Admission to the M.S. in Counseling Program (both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations) is competitive and selective. In addition to meeting the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, the following conditions are considered to determine admission to the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling.

All completed applications will be reviewed. Those applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be contacted for an on campus interview (phone or Skype interviews may be granted on a case-by-case basis). The Department of Psychological Science and Counseling does not grant conditional admissions. 

Priority admission will be given to applicants whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to February 20th for fall admission. Later applications will be considered based upon openings. Students seeking to apply after February 20th must contact the coordinator of the counseling program. Applicants to the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling must be formally admitted to the department before they can enroll in classes.

Please submit the following application materials directly to the APSU College of Graduate Studies:

In addition, send the following application materials directly to the Counseling Program coordinator (Dr. Deborah Buchanan - see address below):

In order to expedite the decisions concerning admission to the Counseling Program, you may also send unofficial copies of the transcripts and GRE Scores to the Program Coordinator; however, official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions.

Dr. Deborah Buchanan, Counseling Program Coordinator
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
Clement Building
P.O. Box 4537
Clarksville, TN 37044

 International Student Admission*

The APSU College of Graduate Studies handles all international student admissions. You must submit the following items well in advance of the semester for which you are seeking admission:

If you are transferring to APSU from a foreign institution, you must provide a copy of a course-by-course equivalency review performed by an educational credentials agency.

* This program not available to International Students on F-1 or J-1 Visa