Application and Interview Process

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

INFORMATION ON APPLYING

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 applications 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. During Interview Day candidates will learn more about the programs, complete a faculty interview, and have the opportunity to interview for Graduate Assistantships. Interview Days will be held on February 14th and May 15th.

  • The priority deadline for applications to the February Interview Day is December 1st. After this time applications will be taken on a rolling basis.
  • If seats are still available in the programs, we will conduct a second Interview Day. The priority deadline for materials for the May Interview Day is April 15th. After this time applications will be taken on a rolling basis.

* Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores may be forwarded to the Graduate Admissions office at 104 North Hall Welcome Center, Slippery Rock, PA 16057. SRU's GRE code 2658, and the MAT code is 1660.

INFORMATION ON INTERVIEWING

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 STUDENTS

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.

POST MASTER'S ENDORSEMENT PROGRAMS

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.

TIPS FOR THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Reference Forms

The department suggests having these forms filled out by someone from the academic or professional fields, and should not come from personal or familial connections. Reference forms address:

  • The student's capacity for graduate level work
  • Suitability for the intended program area
  • Ability to form interpersonal relationships

Applicants should provide their references with the reference form link and inform them of the application deadline. Giving your references at least two weeks notice to submit the form provides them with time to fill out the form and submit the optional recommendation letter. Without these forms your application will be considered incomplete. 

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

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.