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Admissions Process and Criteria

Please contact Kristen Grimshaw - for further information.

Application Deadline: March 1.

All of the following must be completed by the application deadline:

  1. Complete the Graduate Counseling Programs online application, which will ask for
    1. letters of reference. Please supply the names and information of at least three references on the online application. At least two must be academic references. The references will receive an email directly with a link to complete the reference form.
    2. a non-refundable application fee of $50.
  2. Arrange for official transcripts to be mailed to Graduate and Professional Programs, 1200 Park Road, Harrisonburg, VA 22802 or sent electronically directly to
    1. Foreign Degree Translation: If you have a degree from a college or university outside of the United States, you must have your coursework evaluated by a professional association. The evaluation must be a detailed report that includes course designations (lower & upper division). This detailed report should meet most transcript requirements for employment purposes. Here is a list of transcript/translation evaluation services. Please note that there is a fee for the evaluation service, and this list is for your information only.
  3. Submit a Statement of Purpose by writing a 1-3 page narrative that describes your: (a) academic/research interest and professional goals, (b) volunteer and professional experiences, (c) life experiences that have influenced your desire to become a counselor, and (d) view of compassionate service and social justice.
  4. Indicate nationality and country of birth: International applicants currently residing in the United States must indicate status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In addition, international applicants must submit a completed International Student Sponsor Agreement if accepted to the graduate counseling program.
  5.  For applicants whose native language is not English we require that applicants receive at least a 79 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This score is comparable to a 550 on the paper-based test and a score of 213 for the computer-based test. EMU's institutional code is 5181. Applicants who have studied and received a degree from a college or university where all instruction is in English are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

EMU admits students of any gender, race, color, national/ethnic origin, and regardless of disability. EMU reserves the right to use student class materials and outputs for institutional research purposes. Confidentiality will be respected.


EMU owns several rental apartment complexes that are available to students on a first-come, first-served basis.  A few have been set aside for Graduate students. If you wish to get into one of these units, please submit the request form by April 1Rental rates are competitively priced, if not lower than most, and include some utilities (at least water, sewer and trash). 

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid 


There are a number of scholarships in the community students can apply for, including the Laymon H. & Ruth S. Lantz Scholarship which supports training for qualified graduate students who plan to attend the EMU Seminary or MA in Counseling program.

You may also search for scholarships using the Sallie Mae Graduate School Scholarship search.

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