Admission Information

Applications for the Ph.D. Counselor Education Program are accepted for Fall admission only. All application materials must be received by February 1st. It is important that all applicants visit the Graduate School site in advance of the application deadline to ensure that all required materials are submitted on time.

Admission decisions will be based on faculty review of the completed application. See below for Admissions Requirements.

  • Master’s degree in Counseling or Counselor Education (minimum 48 credits), preferably CACREP accredited or that included coursework from all CACREP-core areas, including practicum and internship. Applicants with degrees in closely-related counseling fields and those with master’s degrees not completed in a CACREP-accredited program will be required to complete any CACREP master's degree core courses that were not included in their degrees.
  • Submission of recent GRE scores (no more than 5 yrs old; note that it may take up to four weeks for GRE scores to be sent to institutions, even electronically, so ensure that you allow enough time prior to the application deadline).
  • Transcripts indicating receipt of the bachelor’s and master’s degrees (minimum counseling master’s program GPA of 3.5 is required)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from professional sources; must include at least one from a faculty member and one from a counseling supervisor who are familiar with the applicant’s counseling skills and/or educational abilities and can speak to the applicant’s academic potential and personal qualifications for doctoral study in counseling.
  • Current resume
  • Responses to three essay questions (see below)

Additional Information

  • Post-master’s professional counseling experience is preferred. Students accepted without professional work experience will be required to complete additional fieldwork as a pre-requisite for certain required courses.
  • Applicants evaluated as potential students will be invited for a personal interview, held on campus (all day), and includes a writing sample, interview by faculty, and time with current students.

The Ph.D. in Counselor Education requires applicants to complete the online application instead of the paper application, as it will allow for faster processing after the deadline, and allows you as an applicant to track the status of your application up until the deadline. The online application may be found at The Graduate School.

Required Essays

The following essays allow applicants to provide information about themselves in relation to the our program requirements and for the faculty to assess if a good match potentially exists between what our program offers and what applicants are seeking in a doctoral degree program.

Please write 3 separate essays. The statements should be written as thoughtful essay in which you address the points delineated below.

  1. A personal statement (suggested length of 3 to maximum of 5 pages single-spaced) in which you address the following:
    1. A summary of your past accomplishments, educational, and work experiences and how your prior experiences have prepared you to enter a Ph.D. program
    2. Your self-evaluation of strengths and areas for growth in relation to being a culturally responsive counselor, doctoral student, and social justice advocate
    3. Why you are interested in MSU's Counselor Education Ph.D. program (including any interests that match faculty interests) and how your educational/research experiences at MSU will contribute to your long-term professional and career plans
  2. Please fully outline your theoretical approach to counseling at this stage in your career (up to 3 pages single-spaced)
  3. Please discuss your current areas of research interests (up to 3 pages single-spaced)


The final application deadline for Fall 2015 is February 1, 2015 (all required material, including GRE scores must be received by the deadline). It is important that all applicants visit the Graduate School site in advance of the application deadline to ensure that all required materials are submitted on time. Please contact Harriet Glosoff, with any questions you may have.