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Matriculation in the Counseling Program

Student Advisement

Upon admission to the counseling program, each student will be assigned an academic advisor. The advisor serves as the student’s primary source of contact and communication with the counseling program. The faculty encourages students to show initiative in getting to know their individual advisors and suggests that they meet with their advisors at least one time per semester. Students who wish to change their assigned advisor should contact the appropriate Program Director.

Under the direction of an advisor, students will complete the following:

  • Complete a Program of Study. This will include a list of courses and a timeline for completion that, if followed, will lead to the degree sought and subsequent professional endorsement for licensure and/or certification.
  • Review progress toward professional goals and degree completion, and perhaps revise the study plan accordingly. 
  • Receive information with regard to program procedures.

Life events, along with other occurrences, may necessitate changes to the student’s Program of Study. Any alterations in the original Program of Study due to program changes, course conflicts, life events, or other occurrences should be discussed with the student’s advisor. It is the student’s responsibility to stay in close contact with his or her individual academic advisor regarding any alterations made to the Program of Study. This issue is especially important given that not all courses are taught each semester. Altering the study plan without assistance from an academic advisor may result in scheduling difficulties, which, in turn, may affect one’s proposed graduation date.

If state or national standards for certification of licensure change or if there are major changes in accreditation standards, the faculty will inform students of those changes. Because of such changes, the faculty may recommend changes to a student’s Program of Study to satisfy the newest certification, licensure, or accreditation standards. However, to graduate from the program, the student must only satisfy the requirements as stated in the graduate catalog in effect when the student was admitted. 

Exit Requirements

To receive a graduate degree in counseling, a student must satisfy all of the following criteria:

  1. Submit an Application for Graduation. This is done through each student’s MyNKU account.  
  2. Complete and pass all required coursework and practicum/internship experiences as outlined in the student’s Program of Study.
  3. Receive a passing score on the program's comprehensive exam.