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Pre-Admission Requirements

For all master’s programs:

► Bachelors degree from accredited university, conferred prior to program start date.

  • Application can be submitted during final semester of bachelors degree.
  • No restrictions on type of undergraduate degree; any bachelors degree accepted.

► Full admission = 2.75 GPA or better for all undergraduate coursework OR a 3.00 GPA for the last 64 credits of undergraduate coursework.

  • Provisional admission = 2.5 – 2.74 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.
  • Undergraduate GPA lower than 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework may preclude an applicant from obtaining admission.

Application Process Step-By-Step

  1. Choose one master’s program.

    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling MA
    • Marriage and Family Therapy MA
    • School Counseling MA

    An application to only one program is permitted (dual-program applications are not accepted).

    Also consider applying to one or both of our certificate programs:

    • Counseling Children and Adolescents
    • Couple and Family Therapy

  2. Complete Graduate School Online Application. Create application account and upload the materials below, or email materials to gradsch@uakron.edu.

    • School of Counseling Application Supplement Form.
    • Three (3) references using either the standard reference form found within the Graduate School online application account OR typed and signed professional reference letters.

    Note: Statement of Purpose, Writing Sample, or Resume not required (application supplement form substitutes for those materials).

    Note: GRE scores not required.

  3. Forward official undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) transcripts to the Graduate School mailing or email address below.

  4. Note: Undergraduate University of Akron transcripts not required (as they are available to the Graduate School)

  5. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of sufficient English proficiency. See options/details here.

  6. Graduate School contact info:

    Graduate School Admissions
    The University of Akron
    515 Leigh Hall
    Akron, OH 44325-2101 (USA)

    Email: gradsch@uakron.edu
    Phone: 330-972-7663

  7. Participate in a personal interview, scheduled by program faculty after application materials are complete. Applicants will be contacted via email using the email address uploaded to online Graduate School application account.

Felony and Other Criminal History Policy - Applicants are required to disclose any current or past criminal charges or convictions, or pending charges that might result in a conviction, when applying for admission to a School of Counseling Program. Failure to report a criminal history may result in denial and/or dismissal from the School of Counseling and the program. It is the prerogative of the School of Counseling faculty and administration to request additional information about the criminal history, and based on the information provided, to deny admission (and/or for School of Counseling students, to be dismissed), as students in all Department programs are preparing to work with a vulnerable population and must apply for background checks prior to internship and licensure.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until each program reaches its admission capacity. There is no strict deadline.

  • Summer/Fall admission - application material reviews and personal interviews begin early-February
  • Spring admission - application material reviews and personal interviews begin early-September

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