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California State University Fullerton
Department of Counseling


Admission Requirements

The Department of Counseling accepts students once-a year for its M.S. in Counseling Traditional Program and every three years for the evening cohort program.

  • Applications for the Fall 2020 M.S. in Counseling program will be accepted October 1, 2019 through February 1, 2020. 
  • At this time, we do not have dates for the opening and closing of the application period for the Spring 2022 M.S. in Counseling Evening Cohort. Please revisit our website in early 2021 for the actual dates. For more detailed information regarding the program and upcoming information sessions please visit the M.S. in Counseling, University Extension and International Programs website at http://counseling.fullerton.edu/.

    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 on 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.
    • As applicable describe your interest in the Ánimo Latinx Counseling Emphasis (only offered in the traditional program) as well as your experience/background with the Latinx community.
    • This statement is very important because it enables the faculty to make informed decisions regarding admission.

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Program Prerequisites

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 requested.

Highlighted courses are prerequisites available in CSUF undergraduate Departments.

  • 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; or equivalent

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For more information about admissions, please contact our Prospective Graduate Student Advisor, at (657) 278-3042. Or email us at: applycounseling@fullerton.edu


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