The Department of Counseling accepts students once-a year for it's
on-campus program and every three years for the off-campus program.
- Applications for the Fall
2018 on-campus class will be accepted October 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.
- Applications for the Spring 2019 off-campus program will be accepted August 1, 2018 through November 1, 2018. For more detailed information regarding the program and upcoming information sessions please visit the M.S. in Counseling, University Extended Education website at http://extension.fullerton.edu/masters/counseling.
The Department welcomes applicants from diverse academic, social, and cultural
backgrounds. International, minority, underrepresented, older students, and students with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Preparation for the counseling profession is rigorous and multifaceted,
necessitating the student's development in interpersonal, self-reflective, and
academic realms. Admission is therefore based upon indicators of the
applicant's potential for becoming an effective counseling practitioner, including but not
limited to grade point average (GPA), letters of reference, personal statement
and Departmental interview. Admission is not based upon any single factor but
a composite assessment of all factors. The following are required for
consideration to the program:
- An acceptable Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent) from
a regionally accredited institution.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 for the undergraduate degree.
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 for four prerequisite courses in behavioral science
courses (or equivalents): counseling theory, research methods or statistics,
abnormal psychology, and human development.
- At least two of the four prerequisites must be completed at the time of
entrance; any remaining prerequisite(s) must be completed during the first
semester of enrollment.
- Three letters of recommendation.
These letters should address the author's
assessment of your suitability for pursuing graduate studies and entering the
counseling profession. At least one letter must be academic (i.e., written by a
professor or an instructor). The Department understands that for some
applicants, contacting former instructors is not feasible; in these situations,
professional references, written by supervisors or managers who are familiar
with your work, are also appropriate.
- An interview with Department faculty.
- The GRE is not required.
- A detailed personal statement (approximately 3,000 words)
should inform the faculty about the applicant's:
- Educational Background
- Personal biography and its relevance to your goal of becoming a counselor
- Strengths and weaknesses
- Understanding of the counseling profession, and
motivation and suitability for entering it;
- Long-term professional goals.
- This statement is very important because it enables the faculty to make
decisions regarding admission.
More information for International
Prerequisites may be taken at California State University Fullerton, or
at any accredited graduate, undergraduate or community/junior college.
Several different course titles may meet the content areas we require. In some
cases, a combination of several courses may be deemed equivalent to a single
prerequisite course. It is the student's responsibility to provide relevant
information (e.g. syllabi, course descriptions, and assignments) when
Highlighted courses are prerequisites available in CSUF undergraduate
- Counseling Theory/Psychology of Personality/History of
Psychology. COUNS 380; PSYC 331, 431 or 408; or
equivalent at another institution.
- Research Methods or Statistics CAS 301; HUSR 315; PSYC
201 or 202; SOCI 302 or 303; or equivalent
- Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology PSYC 341; or equivalent
- Human Development or Developmental Psychology CAS
312, CAS 315, CAS 325A and 325B; PSYC 361;
For more information about admissions, please contact our Prospective Graduate Student
Advisor, at (657) 278-3042. Or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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