Master of Science in Counseling

Admission & Financial Information

Application Deadlines

April 28 Deadline to apply for Fall term 2014. Apply now.
August 4 Deadline to apply for Winter term 2014-15. Apply now.

Admission Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • A completed ON-LINE application through CollegeNet. 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.  Collegenet 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 $75 fee.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education previously attended. Submit transcripts directly to the SMU Program in Counseling office either electronically or via USPS. (click here to link to transcript request form)
    • USPS. Transcripts sent via USPS must be sent to the following address:  
SMU Program in Counseling, 5228 Tennyson Parkway, Bldg. 3 Suite 234, Plano, TX  75024.  

    • Electronic Transcripts. SMU will only accept electronic transcripts that are sent from these institution(s) via Scrip-Safe, National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), Avow Systems or Docufide. We will not accept electronic transcripts sent by students. 
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale). If you have a GPA of 3.0, no GRE is required. If the 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 to be considered. Fax your scores to our Department Office at 972.473.3425.
  • PONI Day. Students applying to the Master’s program must attend PONI Day, a three-hour information session with interview at SMU-in-Plano as part of the application process. Applicants who meet the program's minimum requirements will be invited to attend a scheduled information/interview session once the online application is completed in full on CollegeNet and all transcripts are received by the SMU Program in Counseling office. 
          PONI Interview Session Dates: Please note these dates are subject to change.
           Fall Term 2014 Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    Friday, May 9, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • 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,      
  • English Proficiency Requirements.  If English is not your native language, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  SMU requires a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (80 computer test).  This test is administered by the Educational Testing Service, PO Box 6151 Princeton, New Jersey 08541 ( The score must be reported to the Program in Counseling office directly from The Educational Testing Service. The Counseling Program code number 5891.

Financial Information


Effective Fall 2013, tuition for classes in the Master's Degree program is $2,436 per 3-credit hour class ($812 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 It is important that you refer to the links More Information about Financial Aid and Graduate Award Notice Information 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.eduYou may also contact one of the graduate financial aid advising staff directly by calling 214-768-3348 or by email at .

Follow Graduate Financial Aid on twitter for financial aid status update and program announcements: @smu_gradfinaid.

It is also a good idea to check with the Human Resources Department at your Employer. Companies frequently provide tuition assistance for graduate programs that enhance the skills of their employees.

More Information about Financial Aid

Financial Aid Bulletin


Teacher Scholarship

Because we are part of the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, full time teachers in accredited K-12 classes are eligible to receive a  one-third reduction of the tuition.  Admitted students will be provided a form to submit for proof of employment.

Stellar Scholar Award

Fall term applicants are invited to apply for our Stellar Scholar Award.  This merit-based scholarship is offered Fall Term of each academic year to one incoming scholar.  The scholarship covers 50% of tuition for eight consecutive terms (excluding summer) for two years.  Applicants for the scholarship must meet the following requirements:

      • Psychology, Behavioral Science, Human Development or Family Studies major
      • GPA of 3.6 or better on a 4.0 scale
      • Recent graduate (18 months or less since conferral)
      • Willingness and ability to take two classes per term for the duration of the program, Fall through May terms.
      • Take the GRE and submit scores to the SMU Department of Counseling. Fax your scores to our Department Office at 972.473.3425.
      • Complete the online application here.  The application requires submission of a 3-page essay and three recommendations.  See the application for additional details.
      • Application deadline for Fall 2014 is April 28, 2014.  All scholarship applications and supporting materials  must be received by this date.