Application Deadline

The application will open October 15. All application materials should be received by March 1 in order to ensure consideration by the program.

Program Begins

 Summer

Transcripts

Completion of 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  If the advanced degree program involved only 48 credit hours, applicants need to complete 12 additional credit hours to meet licensure requirements. Candidates must submit official transcripts documenting the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including any supplementary courses to become an LPC. A history of academic success. The graduate transcripts must demonstrate readiness to succeed in doctoral level coursework.

Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program

Completion of an advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or Ed.S) from an entry-level graduate counseling program with preference given to CACREP-accredited programs. Transcripts should reflect the academic program and credits earned. If transcripts do not reflect CACREP accreditation status, please include that in your cover letter.

  • Personal statement - Candidates must offer a personal statement of at least 2,000 words describing themselves and their specific interests in counseling. They are encouraged to go beyond the grades, honors, and work record that they have already provided on the resume. Instead, they are invited to share the personal qualities and life experiences that have contributed to their potential to become successful doctoral students in counseling. Finally, they should describe the professional goals and scholarly interests they plan to pursue by completing doctoral training.
  • Resume - Candidates should submit a resume detailing their counseling-related training, work experiences, and scholarship.
  • Writing sample - Application materials must include an academic term paper, published article, conference paper, or manuscript related to the field of counseling. The sample should be at least 10 pages and written in APA format.
  • Personal interview - We participate in an interview with the top applicants sometime during the end of February or beginning of March. Please be prepared to reserve these dates in your schedule so that you can attend if invited. Students must have a completed background check on file prior to enrolling in classes. Information regarding how to complete this requirement is provided directly to students after admissions processes are completed. Please note that some internships sites may require a more rigorous background check as part of their placement process.
  • Three letters of recommendation - Three individuals must complete and submit reference forms. At least one individual should be well acquainted with the candidate's academic potential. At least one person should be a supervisor or trainer who can discuss in detail the applicant's counseling skills.

TOEFL or MELAB scores, if an international applicant. International candidates for whom English is not their primary language must submit official test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 550 on the written tests and 220 on the computer-based test. Applicants must have taken these tests within the past two years.

Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

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