Admission Requirements

Apply: USF Graduate application form
Application deadline: January 7th

To apply for the Master of Arts in Counselor Education, the following materials are required: 

Note: All admissions materials including the USF graduate admissions application, student transcripts and supporting documentation must be received by July 20, 2018 to be considered for the Fall 2018 semester.

Admissions Selection and Retention Procedures

Once the Counselor Education Program faculty receive the application materials, the prospective student will be sent acknowledgement that the materials were received. The application file will then be reviewed by the Admissions Coordinator who makes initial recommendations for interviews. A minimum of two program faculty members will be present at these interviews. Those invited to an interview will be asked a series of standard questions and will have the opportunity to ask questions to the interviewers. 

After the interview, admissions decisions will be made by the Admissions Coordinator and the faculty members who interviewed that applicant. It will also be based on the individual’s application, as well as his/her:

Admissions Decisions and Follow-Up Process

Recommendation to Accept

Once a decision has been made to accept an applicant, the Counselor Education Program sends a letter recommending acceptance to the program to the student and to the USF Office of Graduate Studies.

Letter from Graduate Admissions

The USF Office of Graduate Studies sends the official letter to each applicant following the decision by the Counselor Education Program to accept or deny.


The Counselor Education Program is a limited enrollment program. Acceptance into the program is competitive. Denials are made when an applicant does not meet minimum admissions criteria, when the applicant's goals do not appear to be in line with the program, or if an applicant does not demonstrate adequate interpersonal skills and professional demeanor during the interview. 


Students who were denied admission and who meet the minimum standards (3.0 GPA or 800+ GRE) may appeal this decision. The student should write to the Program Coordinator of the Counselor Education Program within 30 days of denial to request reconsideration. In this letter, the student should explain why reconsideration is warranted. The student can contact the Program Assistant for the appeals form.


Students must earn no less than a “B” in their primary class, MHS 6006: Trends and Principles of Counseling. In addition, no grade less than a “B” will be acceptable for any of the MHS courses. Students who earn a “B-” or less, must re-take the course in order to graduate. Each semester a retention meeting is held among faculty to discuss any students who may be having difficulty in the program. Appropriate interventions are also held, which may include a letter to the student, a meeting with the student, or other steps that seem appropriate.

Transferring Credit

A maximum of eight semester hours (twelve quarter hours) or three courses MAY be transferred from a recognized graduate school providing that: (a) such credit is applicable to the student’s program; and (b) the course was completed with a grade of "B" or higher. Decisions regarding the transfer of credit will be made by the student’s advisor after admission.