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.
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.
- Undergraduate GPA (typically 3.0 or above)
- GRE scores (typical scores on the new version are 146 or above on the Verbal section and 142 or above on the Quantitative section)
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
- Number of available openings in the program of interest
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:
- APSU Online Application for Graduate Admission - APPLY ONLINE
- Official Transcripts
- Official GRE Scores
- Check here for additional graduate admission forms
In addition, send the following application materials directly to the Counseling Program coordinator (Dr. Deborah Buchanan - see address below):
- Personal Statement
- Three Letters of Recommendation which speak to academic ability and potential as well as potential as a counselor. Applicants may submit paper copies of the recommendation form OR you may use the Graduate School's online service and Request a Letter of Recommendation from your references electronically. Undergraduate faculty who instructed you and can verify your academic ability should complete your recommendation forms. These should be mailed directly by the letter writers.
- Unofficial Transcript(s) (not required)
- Unofficial GRE scores (not required)
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
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:
- Applications and complete, certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English
- Proof of proficiency in the English language. A paper-based score of 500 or a computer-based score of 173 on the TOEFL Examination or a score of 6 on the IELTS is required of applicants whose native language is not English.
- Evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay educational expenses.
- Documentation of an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
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