Admission Process

The deadlines for completed applications are as follows: March 1, for the summer and fall semesters and October 1, for the spring semester.

The first six steps below must be completed and the supportive materials described in these steps must be received by the College of Graduate Studies by the March 1 or October 1 deadline before any student will be considered for admission.

1. Fill out and submit an Application to the College of Graduate Studies with the accompanying fee to Graduate Admissions. The application can be downloaded from the MTSU website http://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php or you may call 615-898-5589 or email graduate@mtsu.edu to receive a catalog in the mail.

2. Complete and submit a Professional Counseling Program supplemental application.

3. Submit official transcripts of all college work (i.e., undergraduate and graduate transcripts).

4. Sign up and take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (To take the test at college sites see www.ets.org/bin/getprogram.cgi?test=gre ; or to take the test at Sylvan Learning Center, call 1-800-967-1100; Franklin —1-615-790-8775, and Rivergate —1-615-860-9001). Scores should be sent to the College of Graduate Studies. MTSU GRE School Code is 1466. Only current GRE scores (taken within the past five years) will be accepted.

5. Submit recommendation forms that are specific to the Professional Counseling program. If possible, two of the recommendations should come from faculty who can attest to the applicant's academic abilities. The third can come from someone who has either supervised the applicant's work, has been a colleague, or has known him/her for at least three years (other than family).

6. Submit a vita.

7. Professional Counseling faculty will review all completed application files (all of the above), and if minimal requirements are met, will arrange with the applicant for participation in an admissions interview in March or October. The admissions committee consists of Professional Counseling faculty members and at least one practicing mental health counselor and school counselor.

The admissions interview is a half-day endeavor that includes the following:

  1. orientation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations;
  2. meeting with current students who are taking classes within the respective concentrations;
  3. individual interview;
  4. group exercises; and
  5. brief writing assignments.

8. Following the admissions interview, Professional Counseling faculty will make admissions decisions. The following are considered in the decision-making process:

  1. input from regular, adjunct, and affiliate program faculty (if the applicant has taken or is currently taking classes);
  2. input from practitioners who served on the admissions committee;
  3. each applicant's potential success in forming effective interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts;
  4. each applicant's aptitude for graduate-level study, including technological competence and computer literacy;
  5. each applicant's career goals and objectives and their relevance to the program; and
  6. each applicant's openness to self-examination and personal and professional self-development.

9. Applicants will be formally notified of the admission decision by the College of Graduate Studies within 30 days of the admissions interview.

10. If accepted into the Professional Counseling program, the applicant must within two weeks notify the program coordinator of his/her intention to enter the program.