Admissions Information

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General Application for Admission Deadlines

New students are admitted to the program in the Fall of each year. Deadline for Fall admission: February 15th

Program Coordinator:
Dr. Tyra Turner Whittaker
(336) 334-7916

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling (CORE), or Counseling (CACREP), or a related profession
  • Official transcript from all universities attended
  • Acceptable GRE Score
  • Master’s GPA (≥3.5)
  • Professional Statement, including future career plans
  • Three professional letters of recommendation (must be from professor(s) from Master’s program and from supervisor(s) from professional settings)
  • Two years of work experience preferred
  • Successful completion of an interview
  • Licensure and/or certification documentation

The doctoral program attracts students possessing master’s degrees in rehabilitation counseling, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, social work, and psychology. In addition to meeting the standard requirements for admission into the program, students entering the program with a master’s degree in a different field must complete all of the prerequisite/entry level courses in counseling identified in the Pathways to Admission document. These courses are currently offered within the current master’s program. Completing these courses is a requirement of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP’s (2016) standards state that “During the doctoral program admissions process, students’ curricular experiences are evaluated to verify completion of coursework including (a) CACREP entry-level core curricular standards, (b) CACREP entry-level professional practice standards, and (c) CACREP entry-level curricular requirements of a specialty area (e.g., addiction counseling, school counseling) so that any missing content can be completed before or concurrently with initial doctoral-level counselor education coursework.” (p. 33).