Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

Individuals interested in applying to any counseling degree program, should visit the NCAT Graduate College for admission requirements and deadlines. Currently, students are admitted once annually with an application deadline of February 15. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials early and follow-up with the NCAT Graduate School to ensure receipt of all required components. Admission to the program is competitive. Assistantships and financial aid are available. For those interested in applying to a certificate program, admission is on a rolling basis and applications are accepted throughout the year.

Admission to graduate study within the Department of Counseling is subject to the following requirements and considerations:

Persons applying for graduate study within Departmental programs should have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4-point system. Primary factors in the admissions decision include academic background, demonstrated professional and volunteer experience appropriate to Departmental programs of study, three letters of recommendation or reference forms, resume, and official transcripts of all prior academic work. Generally speaking, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the department. However, in certain instances, the Counseling Admissions Committee may recommend or request applicants take the GRE. In the event an applicant is asked to take the GRE, then his or her score will be submitted to the graduate school as a part of the application process, and the GRE score will be considered in the overall admissions decision. If approved, applicants who do not meet minimum GPA requirements may be admitted to Departmental programs on the weight of other factors. Test of English as a Foreign Language is required for international students.

In addition to the recommendation forms required by the College of Graduate Studies, each applicant is required to submit a personal statement to the Counseling Admissions Committee describing career goals, research interests and a list of publications, experience, academic honors, and organizations. Although it is not required by all academic departments, the Counseling Admissions Committee considers this statement to be a document that strongly supports the application for admission.

Provisional and Unconditional Admittance

There are two types of admission decisions in counseling: provisional and unconditional. Provisional admittance students  are admitted for a probationary period and must apply for unconditional status after nine (9) semester hours of Counseling coursework. Students who are provisionally admitted must submit the one page departmental admission form and be admitted to unconditional status. Unconditional admittance is considered full admittance to the program.

Every student admitted is expected to assume primary responsibility for adhering to Departmental and University policies and for appropriate progress through the curriculum. It is strongly recommended that all students retain a copy of the University catalog under which admission was granted for future reference. Students should also maintain a copy of the academic calendar each registration period and regularly check the department for posted announcements.