Master's Program Admission

Prior to Applying

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required before a final admission decision can be made. There are no restrictions on the specific type of undergraduate degree earned.

A GPA of at least 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework OR a 3.00 GPA for the last 64 credits of undergraduate coursework is required for full admission. A 2.5 GPA or better for all undergraduate coursework is required for provisional admission. A GPA lower than 2.5 for all undergraduate coursework may preclude an applicant from obtaining admission. Please speak with a Program Coordinator for alternatives.

Application Materials

The following application materials are needed for all School of Counseling master’s programs. For questions please contact a Program Coordinator.

  1. Graduate School Online Application → Complete online by building a personalized application account
  2. Official Undergraduate Transcripts → Mail to the Graduate School
  3. Official TOEFL Scores (international applicants only) → Mail to the Graduate School
  4. School of Counseling Application Supplement Form → Upload to the online Graduate School application account
  5. Three references using Graduate School online reference forms or professional reference letters → Upload to the online Graduate School application account

Note: GRE scores are not required as part of the application materials.

Graduate Assistant application → The School of Counseling does not offer master’s-level graduate assistantships. We do keep an application on file for requests from other units across campus. Please speak with a Program Coordinator or the Graduate School for more information.

Graduate School contact information:


Phone: 330-972-7663

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


Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program - Rolling admissions. No strict application due date. Admissions occur on a first come – first served basis. Applicants are strongly urged to apply early due to limited enrollment (approximately 20 students in each new cohort). Admission interviews usually begin in late January for the next Fall admission cohort, and late September for the next Spring admission cohort.

Classroom Guidance for Teachers Program, Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Program, and School Counseling Program - Application deadline is March 15 for the next Fall admission cohort, and October 15 for the next Spring admission cohort. Review of applications will begin, and interviews will be scheduled, after these deadlines.

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.