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September 7, 2020 Deadline to apply for Spring Term 2021.
April 27, 2020 Deadline to apply for Fall Term 2020.

Admission Requirements

Application and all supporting materials (essay, resume, 3 recommendations, official transcripts from all schools) must be received on or before the stated application deadline for the specified term for admissions consideration.

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A completed online application. This process includes:
    • Submission of 2-page essay. Please share why you want to study counseling and your career aspirations.
    • Three recommendations. Include the name and email address of each recommender in your application. Slate will send an electronic form for your recommender to complete on your behalf.
    • Resume. Please include employment information, community service/volunteer work, counseling experience, research experience and honors and awards in your resume.
    • Online payment of $40 application fee.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Any and all transfer credit must appear on an official transcript which specifies the name of the course and the grade received. Cumulative GPA must be noted on a 4.0 scale. Transcripts in a language other than English which show grades on an alternate scale must be evaluated by a professional evaluation service. Click here for a list of approved evaluation services. Original copies should be submitted in English with all grades appearing on a 4.0 scale and must include a cumulative GPA assessment. Submit transcripts directly to the addresses listed below: (click here to link to transcript request form)
    • If sent electronically:
      gradappmaterials@smu.edu

    • If sent through the physical mail:
      Graduate Application Processing
      PO Box 518
      Dallas, TX 75275-0518

  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, no GRE is required. Please note that all grades in the undergraduate record are factored into the cumulative GPA. If the cumulative GPA is under 3.0, you must submit GRE scores with a minimum of 146 in Math, 156 in Verbal and 3.5 or higher in Writing within the last five years to be considered. Use the institution code 6660 and send scores electronically to gradappmaterials@smu.edu or counselingmaster@smu.edu.
  • Be advised that students who wish to pursue School Counseling certification who are currently teachers in private schools will need to plan carefully, research information, and confirm availability of both a supervisor to serve as an onsite supervisor who is a certified school counselor AND the presence of a developmental guidance program when contracting a field site for Internship.
  • PONI Day.  Applicants meeting the Masters in Counseling program's minimum requirements may be invited to attend a scheduled three-hour information / interview session (PONI Day) once the online application is completed in full and all transcripts are received. Program applicants must be prepared to attend the mandatory PONI Day as part of the application process. 
  • Background Check. Students completing their MS in Counseling at SMU, with the intent to practice as a therapist or counselor in the state of Texas, must complete post-graduate requirements outlined by the Texas Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors (LPC) and a criminal history background check. If you have concern whether any prior offense may affect your potential for licensure, you may request an early evaluation by the Texas Board of Examiners before beginning a graduate program in counseling. Visit their site for more information: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/lpc_apply.shtm.
  • English Proficiency Requirements. If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). SMU's Masters in Counseling program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 on the internet-based test with the following minimum section scores: Listening (26), Reading (26), Writing (24), and Speaking (24).This test is administered by the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 (www.TOEFL.org). The score must be reported to the Program in Counseling office directly from The Educational Testing Service. The Counseling Program code number 6660.
  • Reapplication of Former Students. Students who do not enroll in classes for more than one full year must reapply to the Counseling Program. This reapplication will include completing an new application online, submitting an updated resume and essay, and completing an updated background check. Students will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis regarding whether or not they must attend PONI day again, and that determination will be made after faculty review of the application. If it is determined that a student does not need to attend PONI day, the previous PONI day score will be used in the final calculation of the review score. Students reapplying for admission will not have to resubmit transcripts.
  • Non-degree Seeking Students. Non-degree seeking students can apply to take elective specialty courses and core courses with the exception of clinical courses (Basic Clinical Methods, Group Counseling, and Advanced/Pre-Practicum, Practicum I & II and Internship I & II). Students who wish to complete clinical courses must formally apply to the Counseling Program.
    Non-degree seeking students who hold a master’s degree in counseling or a related mental health degree must provide transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, have a minimum of 3.0 GPA in their graduate coursework, complete the application for enrollment, sign an informed consent and confidentiality agreement, and pay a $40 application fee.
    Non-degree seeking students who have completed bachelor’s degrees and who are currently enrolled in a graduate program in counseling or related mental health field at another college or university may also be permitted to apply. However, in addition to the aforementioned requirements, they must also include a letter from their academic department on official letterhead stating they are good academic and professional standing within the program and are authorized to take the course(s).
    Non-degree seeking students must apply online and submit all required documents three weeks in advanced of registration for each term. Non-degree seeking students must also provide proof of liability insurance coverage, complete a background check, and complete the Protection of Minors training prior to enrollment.
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Financial Information

Cost

Tuition for classes in the Master's in Counseling program for the 2019-2020 academic year is $700 per credit hour. A minimum of 63 credit hours will be required to earn this degree.

Effective Fall 2020 tuition for classes in the Master's in Counseling program will be $725 per credit hour. 

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is available to students in the Master of Science program. Students applying for Federal Student Loans must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.FAFSA.gov. The School Code for SMU is 003613. It is important that you refer to the link, More Information about Financial Aid for details about applying for and accepting financial aid, including recommended deadlines.
All federal financial aid, including student loans, is managed by the Division of Enrollment Services Graduate Financial Aid Office which is located on the main campus. General financial aid questions should be directed to the Division of Enrollment Services by calling 214-768-3417 or through email at enroll_serv@smu.edu. You may also contact one of the graduate financial aid advising staff directly by calling 214-768-3348 or by email at gradfinaid@smu.edu .

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Consider contacting your employer for tuition assistance information. Companies frequently provide tuition assistance for graduate programs to enhance the skills of their employees.

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