Master of Education in School Counseling

Program Coordinator

Admission Deadlines

Additional Links

Dr. Teddi Cunningham Fall Semester: July 15 Retention/Dismissal/Readmission Policy
Email: Spring Semester: November 15 Graduation Requirements
Phone: 229-333-5930

Summer Semester: April 15

Department of Psychology & Counseling

Admission Requirements

Important Notice: Per recent clarification from the USG, the waivers of out-of-state tuition for Florida, South Carolina, and Alabama residents only apply to undergraduate students.

Required Documents

Admission Requirements

Online Graduate Application

  • Application Fee $35 (credit or debit card and e-checks accepted)
  • Apply Online

One Official Transcript from each institution where you have previously enrolled (undergraduate and graduate).

(Transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at VSU will be obtained by the Graduate School

  • Must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited institution in an appropriate major (e.g. educational psychology, school counseling, etc.).
  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 Scale. GPA will be calculated on all attempted undergraduate coursework in which a letter grade was awarded.

GACE Program Admission Assessment

  • Passing scores on the GACE Program Admission Assessment or GACE Basic Skills Assessment or a qualifying exemption.
  • Qualifying exemptions on the ACT, GRE, and SAT or a valid level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate, leadership certificate, service field certificate, or Life certificate:
    • SAT - 1000 (Verbal plus Quantitative)
    • ACT - 43 (English plus Math)
    • GRE - 297 (Verbal plus Quantitative) OR 1030 (Verbal plus Quantitative) for tests prior to August 2011

School Counseling Goal Statement

  • A written statement (250-500 words) describing your plans to pursue a degree in school counseling. Please see the linked prompts for more guidance.

Case Studies

  • Candidates will respond to two case studies using the instructions provided in the link in the left column and address the questions at the end of each case study.

Graduate Record Exam


Miller Analogies Test

  • Minimum GRE Requirements:
    • 286 overall (Verbal score plus either Quantitative score or Analytical score) with a Verbal score no less than 146.
  • Minimum MAT Requirement: 380

Three Recommendations

(General Recommendation Form Required)

  • Recommendations from professionals familiar with your professional and/or academic background.
  • The Psychology and Counseling Department prefers recommendations come from current or former Psychology professors who have had you in class.

VSU Medical Form

Page 1 of Medical Form

Page 2 of Medical Form

  • The form must be completed and signed by the student/applicant.
  • This form must be received prior to enrollment, NOT prior to admission.
  • Applicants who are currently enrolled, and those who attended VSU in the past, are not required to resubmit the Medical Form

Verification of Lawful Presence

(Effective Fall 2011 for applicants who believe they qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.)

  • This is not required for individuals who do not qualify for in-state tuition or a residency waiver.
  • This must be received prior to enrollment (if applicable), NOT prior to admission.
  • Citizenship documentation is needed for any applicant who wishes to be considered for in-state tuition.
  • Complete list of accepted documents and information on residency.

Unless otherwise indicated above, all required documents must be received on or before the admission deadline for your file to be reviewed. It is the applicant's responsibility to allow adequate time for document delivery and to en-sure receipt of documents. Please allow at least 7-10 days for delivery by mail.

Important Program Information

  • Certification in School Counseling by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission requires the completion of a special education course.

International Applicants 

International applicants must meet all admission criteria and documentation requirements as defined by the program, however, additional documentation may be required.  Please review the information below for specific information and guidelines.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Exam or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Applicants whose first language is not English (based on country of citizenship) must submit official scores on the TOEFL exam or IELTS exam. International applicants whose first language is not English but who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
  • Certificate of Finances- The Certificate of Finance is required of any applicant requiring a student visa to enter the United States to complete his or her studies. This document is considered a part of the application for admission and applications will not be reviewed without this document.  Applicants who do not require an I-20 student visa to complete their studies are exempt from this requirement.
  • Evaluation of International Transcripts - Applicants who have completed coursework at an institution outside of the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of the coursework.  This transcript evaluation must be completed by an international education credentials evaluation service such as Josef Silny, ECE, etc.  The transcript evaluation does not replace the transcript requirement. Official transcripts are still required.

Admission Classifications

  • Regular Status
  • Probationary Status
  • Irregular admission is not available for this program.
  • Non-degree admission is available only for applicants who hold a Master’s degree and departmental permission.

Admission Questions 

For admission questions about this program, please contact the Graduate School by phone, email, or stop by our office.

  • Call Us: 229-333-5694 or toll free 800-618-1878, Option #5







  • Visit Us: Psychology Building (Main Campus), Third Floor, Suite 3100




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