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Counseling Psychology

Admission to Master's Degree at KU

The University of Kansas is a great place to pursue a graduate degree, since graduate education is central to KU’s mission of learning, scholarship and creative activity. We invite you to explore our graduate degree information, review our student resources, and learn more on our knowledgeable faculty and the vibrant community of Lawrence, Kansas.  We particularly encourage those from underrepresented groups/classes to apply.

Once you’ve decided to apply, use the Apply Now button on this page to get started! Please note that KU does not accept paper applications for admission.  The online application is designed to give you the ability to submit all supporting documents in one form. 

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 and, if applicable, minimum Graduate GPA of 3.5.
  • English proficiency (non-native English speakers): Due to high demand for English proficiency in this profession, our program requires an average TOEFL score of 24 or above, with no section score lower than 23, which is higher than the University’s requirement.
  • Completed bachelor's or master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or a related area. Applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree in education or psychology should have a minimum of 15 undergraduate credit hours in the behavioral sciences, such as Psychology, Human Development, Sociology, Education, etc. 
  • Criminal background check. To matriculate and enroll as a student in good standing in the KU School of Education’s Counseling Psychology programs and to be placed in clinical practice sites (e.g., practicum, internship, field experience), students in the program must complete and satisfactorily clear a criminal background check with Validity Screening Solutions. Refusal to undergo the background check will result in denial of admission. There may be times when a specific practicum site requires an additional background check to be done before the practicum experience can start. Students are expected to follow the clinical site’s requirements. The program faculty reserves the right to request additional background checks should issues arise and the faculty deems it necessary.

Application Deadline for Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology

Domestic & International Applicants:
Apply before January 5 to begin in the following summer or fall semester

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Getting started

  • Begin the online application through the KU Graduate Admissions. Application fee: $65 for U.S. Residents, $85 for international applicants.
  • Complete the application in one setting or save your work on each page and finish it later.

Gather and upload supporting documents

  • Transcripts: Official transcripts from each institution of higher education from which you received or are earning a degree (official KU transcripts are not required; submit an academic summary or advising report instead). Minimum GPA: undergrad 3.0; graduate 3.5, if applicable.
  • Resume: A current copy of your professional resume or curriculum vita (CV).
  • Statement of intent: 1-2 page statement outlining your background and professional objectives.
  • Recommendations: 3 recommendation forms and letters from qualified individuals are collected via the online application system. Recommendations should speak specifically to the applicant's academic skills and potential to complete the program.
  • English proficiency (non-native English speakers): Due to high demand for English proficiency in this profession, our program requires an average TOEFL score of 24 or above, with no section score lower than 23, which is higher than the University’s requirement.
For International applicants
  • Financial document: Required by the U.S. Government to issue the DS-2019 or I-20.
  • Complete application in advance of the deadline to ensure adequate time for processing.
Additional information
  • Selecting your program: On page 4, select “Education” for the Academic Area of Interest and then find the right major in the Academic Program section. Then, select an entry term and click continue.
  • Submitting the form: Review your application and, when satisfied, click the “Finalize Application and Pay” button. This saves your application in final form and takes you to the payment page.
  • Application fee: You can pay the fee by debit/credit card or check (U.S. bank accounts only). Cash payments are not accepted.

After submitting your application

  • You will receive email verification that your application has been received.
  • The Department will follow up with your official application status via email, noting that the application is complete or that additional materials are necessary.
  • Admission decisions are communicated via an email with log-in information for the official decision portal. You can expect to be notified anytime between late January and April 15.

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