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In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate study at Northern Kentucky University, applicants for admission to a graduate degree program in counseling must met the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an overall minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduate coursework must contain 48 semester credits (or equivalent in quarter hours) in the liberal arts.
  • Baccalaureate degree must show completion of a statistics course with a grade of C- or higher. 

Application Process

  • Submit an online application and application fee to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Submit official transcripts of undergraduate and any graduate coursework sent directly from all institutions of higher education previously attended.
  • Submit official scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This requirement will be waived for those individuals who have already completed a master’s degree.
  • Submit the supplemental application including a 500-700 word essay demonstrating evidence of one’s potential to work effectively with people, reasons for wanting to become a professional counselor, any relevant work or volunteer experiences, and examples of important events that have influenced one’s career goals. Supplemental application is available on the Office of Graduate Education website.
  • Three recommendations from people (former instructors, supervisors, colleagues, etc.) who are qualified to evaluate academic and professional potential in the field of counseling. These must be submitted on counseling recommendation form. Counseling Recommendation Form is available on the Office of Graduate Education website.
  • Submit a professional resume tailored to educational goals, including educational background, employment history, awards, and accomplishments.
  • Successful completion of an interview with the program faculty and a positive recommendation from the admissions committee for admission to the program, to ensure the candidate possesses the interpersonal characteristics and personal dispositions to uphold ethical standards of the counseling profession.

A criminal background check (state and federal), although not required for admission to the program, will be required prior to enrollment in the counseling practicum and internship classes.