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Requirements

Outlined here are our school counselor education requirements for admission. If you are admitted to the masters in counselor education program, you can see the curriculum requirements for earning your master's degree.

Application Requirements

Completed applications for the masters degree in school counseling are due by the last week in March. Only completed applications are reviewed by faculty. It is the candidate's responsibility to check on your materials and ensure they are received by the deadline. 

There are two parts to applying to our Master of Science in Counseling program:

  1. To be admitted to the Master of Science in Counseling program, you must meet the requirements set by the UL Lafayette Graduate School. That includes completing the Grad School application and taking the General Test of the GRE. 
  2. Submit the following materials directly to the counseling program:
  • A writing sample consisting of your personal statement of goals and plans for completing the degree.
  • A resume of counseling related work or volunteer experiences.

After you submit your application, you may be invited to interview with the admissions committee. Invited applicants will meet individually and in groups with a panel of interviewers. The interviewers will be faculty members from the counselor education programs, and occasionally, community professionals. The interview session will last approximately two hours and interview questions are not shared in advance but generally address the applicant's experience, goals, and communication skills.

There are no required undergraduate majors to enroll in the program for your masters degree in school counseling. Typical majors include psychology, sociology, child and family studies, and education.

Admission Timeline

Students are admitted once per year in the fall for the masters degree in school counseling. Applications are to be completed by the final week in March. Applicants will be notified when their completed applications are received and again when the application has been reviewed by the program's committee on admissions.

On average, we receive approximately two or three times as many applications as we have available space. We do not accept a specific number of candidates per year. Rather, a number of factors are considered, including number of current students graduating, faculty work load, and departmental resources.