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CounselingM.S.Ed. Admissions Requirements

Deadlines for Admission

New M.S.Ed. students are admitted twice each year and are eligible to begin fall, spring, or summer semester.

Fall Semester (or Summer Term)

March 1 - Deadline for Completed Applications

  • For admission for summer term (beginning early May) or fall semester (beginning mid-August), the deadline for receipt of applications is March 1. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by April 10.

Spring Semester

November 1 - Deadline for Completed Applications

  • For admission for spring semester (beginning early January), the deadline for receipt of applications is November 1. Applicants will be notified of admission decisions by December 10.

Application Requirements

1. Online Application- Complete and submit the application for graduate studies available at the Office of Graduate Admissions website which can be found on the graduate admissions webpage. Click on "I Want to Apply."

Submit the following materials with your online application:

  • Current Resume

Submit a resume that lists information you would include if you were applying for a job as a counselor.

Include your social security number, current address and phone number

  • Essay

Write and submit an original double-spaced 500 word essay that will be reviewed for content and will be used to judge your written communication skills.

Your essay should include how your work and life experiences have influenced your academic and professional goals, a self-evaluation regarding the criteria listed above that are used to review applicants, your reasons for wanting to earn an M.S.Ed. degree in counseling, the place of social diversity in your thinking and future work, and the reasons you are interested in this particular M.S.Ed. degree program in counseling at Old Dominion University.

Supplemental Materials- Submit to the Graduate Admissions Office, 220 Alfred B. Rollins Jr. Hall, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529. Include the following materials:

2. Official Transcripts

  • You must submit official transcripts from all universities you have attended (whether or not you earned degrees at those universities).
  • A 2.80 minimum GPA required by the university; applicants with higher GPAs have a better chance of being accepted.

3. GRE Scores (Must be taken prior to application deadline. If exam is taken less than six weeks before the deadline, send a letter with your unofficial scores.)

  • Send your official GRE scores directly from the Educational Testing Service to Old Dominion University.
  • Also submit a letter that lists your unofficial Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that were earned in the last five years.
  • There is no minimum GRE score required, but applicants with higher GRE scores have a better chance of being accepted.

4. Letters of Recommendation

  • Send two letters of recommendation that assess your potential for success in an M.S.Ed. counseling program (prefer at least one letter from former instructor).
  • You may send recommendation requests via the online application on the "supplemental materials" page. Recommenders will receive an email from you asking to complete a recommendation form OR send a letter. Forms can also be found at: http://admissions.odu.edu/forms/ODU_GRAD_APP_recommendation.pdf. If a letter is submitted, the recommendation form is not required.

TOEFL: Applicants whose native language is other than English must submit a current score for the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 600.

If you have questions regarding your application for graduate studies contact the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Email: gradadmit@odu.edu / Phone numbers: (757) 683-3685 or (800) 348-7926. Fax; (757) 683-3255.
  • Mailing address: ATTN: Graduate Admissions, 220 Alfred B. Rollins Hall, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529.

If you have program specific questions please contact Admissions Coordinator Assistant Dan St. John:

  • Email: dst1john@odu.edu or counselingadmissions@odu.edu / Telephone number: (757) 683-6132
  • Mailing address: ATTN: Mr. Dan St. John, Counseling Graduate Admissions, 110 Education Building, Department of Counseling and Human Services, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529.

Criteria Used to Review Applicants

  • Clear goal of enhancing skills as a professional counselor. Indicators include career goals that are clearly within the profession of counseling (as opposed to psychology, social work, or a related field); interest in becoming certified or licensed by a state department of education as a school counselor or becoming licensed by a state as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC); or self-descriptions of future job titles that include professional counselor or counselor (as opposed to psychologist, social worker, or therapist).
  • Potential for success in the counseling profession. Indicators include successful experiences as a student, as an employee, or as a member of an organization or community group.
    Successful experience in counseling related activities. Indicators include leadership positions, jobs, or volunteer activities related to counseling.
  • Academic aptitude for graduate study. Indicators include a high GRE score; a high grade point average in bachelor's degree programs; and a high grade point average in any graduate course work completed.
  • Verbal and written communication skills. Indicators include effective written communications in application materials; writing score on the GRE; or proficiency in the English language if native language is other than English.
  • Evidence of potential for completing a graduate program. Indicators include a strong desire to obtain an M.S.Ed. degree; past history of achieving goals, completing projects, and persisting with difficult tasks; ability to work autonomously with little need for direct supervision; or receptivity to feedback with desire to perform at a high level.
  • Interpersonal skills. Indicators include a history of positive relationships with peers, professors, employers, friends, and family; demonstrated ability to interact effectively in an academic environment; ability to handle stressful situations effectively, and no evidence of having acted unethically.
  • Interest in a counseling specialty area (college counseling, school counseling, or mental health counseling) needed to balance the program. Indicators include indication of interest in a needed specialty area; or experience or background in a needed specialty area.

PLEASE NOTE: A criminal record may significantly impede your success in practicum and internship site placements, matriculation toward graduation, and future job opportunities as a professional counselor or counselor educator.