Application and Interview Process

The following information is provided for applicants to all three degree programs in the Department of Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University.


The degree programs in Counseling and Development have limited enrollment. Applicants are considered and accepted for fall semester enrollment only. The priority deadline for applications and credentials for fall semester is December 1.  While appilications for the February Interview Day will be taken through January 15, to receive priority consideration, please apply by December.  If seats are still available, the deadline for materials for the May Interview Day is April 15.  

The application form and all required credentials are to be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. All required credentials must be received prior to submission of the application for departmental review.

All applications must include:

  • The online application.
  • A $25 application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • Student with a GPA lower than 3.0 will need to submit official test results from the Graduate Record Examination (general test) or Miller Analogies Test. Students with a 3.0 or better GPA do not need to submit scores.
  • Two recommendation forms.
  • A written statement of career goals and personal philosophy regarding the helping professions. A detailed prompt is included with the application.

Once the application has been reviewed by the department, approved candidates will receive an invitation to interview day to interview with department faculty.


Applicants are advised that departmental interviews for the following fall semester will be scheduled in either February or May by the department. The department review will determine which candidates will be invited to schedule a faculty interview, and will contact those candidates to schedule that interview. Candidates are advised to wait for the department invitation before contacting the department. Applicants not offered an interview will be notified by the Office of Graduate Admissions at the appropriate time. Detailed information regarding interview day will be sent to candidates. 


International student applicants are required to use the international student application form and are required to submit all other credentials and schedule the required interview.


Students who have already earned a Master's degree in Counseling, Student Affairs or a related discipline who are interested in adding a specialty area but do not want to complete another Master's degree may apply for admission in a Post-Master's Endorsement Program. An individualized course of study is created which will enable the student to meet entry requirements in their chosen field. Endorsement Programs are available on a limited basis for each of the program areas offered by the department. Those interested in applying for an endorsement program should follow the same application directions after discussing plans with the department Graduate Coordinator. Applications will be considered for fall, spring, and summer semester admission.


Recommendation Letters

Recommendation letters are expected to address the student's capacity for graduate level work, suitability for the intended program area, and ability to form interpersonal relationships. Applicants should submit the letters of recommendation at the time of application. The department suggests getting these letters from a faculty member who can attest to the applicant's abilities in a classroom. Recommendations should come from the academic and professional fields, and should not come from personal or familial connections. 

Written Statements

There are a number of great online resources to help you successfully complete your written statement of career goals and personal philosophy regarding the helping professions. The Department of Counseling and Development suggests that you utilize Google and search "how to write a personal statement for graduate school" to assist you in completing a clear and concise written statement.


Questions regarding Counseling and Development Programs may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at 724.738.2051 or the Department of Counseling and Development at 724.738.2270.