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Counseling and Development 

 Important Directions for Applying to Counseling and Development 



This information is provided for applicants to all degree programs in Counseling and Development at Slippery Rock University. These programs include the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education; and the Master of Arts in Student Affairs in Higher Education with College Counseling.

The degree programs in Counseling and Development have limited enrollment. Applicants are considered and accepted for fall semester enrollment only. 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 specialization areas offered by the department. Earned Master’s degree programs must be from appropriate institutions and programs are subject to approval by the department. Certain time limits related to the date of graduate degree conferral may be made. Those interested in applying for this program should follow the same application directions after discussing plans with the Graduate Coordinators. Applications will be considered for fall, spring, and summer semester admission.

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.

Standard application credentials for all degree programs include the online application, $25 application fee, official transcripts from all institutions attended, and the official test results of the Graduate Record Examination (general test) or Miller Analogies Test. In addition, all degree programs in Counseling and Development require three letters of recommendation and a written statement of career goals and personal philosophy regarding the helping professions, and a scheduled departmental interview.

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.

Applicants are advised that departmental interviews for the following fall semester will be scheduled in February and May by the department. All required credentials must be on file before the application will be referred to the Department of Counseling and Development for review and determination to schedule the faculty interview. Applicants are advised to have all credentials (except the scheduled interview) on file by January 15 or April 15. The Department of Counseling and Development will contact approved candidates to schedule a required faculty 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.

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.

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 724-738-4256.

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