Application Criteria and Process

Important forms: Application form | Letters of Reference | Request for Transcript

Application packets are available from the Master of Arts in Counseling office. Contact graduate admissions for more information, 800-710-7871. A complete application should contain:

  1. A completed Master of Arts in Counseling application form
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $50.00.
  3. Official transcripts from each college or university attended.
  4. Three letters of reference (at least two of which must be academic).
  5. Statement of purpose : write a narrative (1-3 pages) that describes your:
    1. academic/research interest and professional goals
    2. volunteer and professional experiences
    3. life experiences that have influenced your view of compassionate service and social justice.
  6. A current résumé .
  7. In addition to the requirements above, international applicants should submit the following information:
    1. nationality and country of birth (international applicants currently residing in the United States must indicate status with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
    2. a completed International Student Sponsor Agreement. Please contact Angela Russell at 540-432-4243 or angela.russell@emu.edu for form and current costs.
  8. 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 compares 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).