The Master of Education in Counselor Education degree prepares students for professional careers as either school counselors (48 hour program) or counselors in clinical mental health or private practice settings (60 hour program).

A counselor sits with two parents and their child.

Some courses require outside field experiences, coordinated by the faculty, to help students gain a sense of professional responsibilities and expectations in the field. Courses are offered during evening hours, on Saturdays, or in hybrid or online formats to accommodate those who may already be working.

Areas of Study:

Admission Requirements

  1. A minimum of a 2.5 undergraduate GPA
  2. Official GRE or MAT Score Reports
    • GRE (must have been taken within the last five years)
      minimum of 300 (Quantitative and Verbal combined)
      or a score of at 146 on Verbal subtest
    • MAT (must have been taken within the last five years)
      minimum of 388 on total score
    • NOTE:  GRE/MAT exam scores for applicants will be optional for the Spring/Fall 2021 entry terms as a consequence of challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. The absence of GRE scores will not be considered as negative by the admission committee
    Candidates pursuing the School Counseling Concentration must take and pass the GACE Program Admissions Assessment. A 250 or higher on each section (Reading, Math, and Writing) are considered passing scores.

    You may exempt the GACE Program Admissions Assessment if:
              SAT – scored 1000 or higher (Critical Reading and Math combined)
              ACT – scored 43 or higher (English and Math combined)
              GRE – scored 297 or higher (Quantitative and Verbal combined)                     
  3. Letters of Recommendation - Applicants will have 3 recommendations submitted on their behalf. Upon application completion, a link will be shared with each listed reference to complete.
  4. Personal Autobiographical Essay - Applicants will write an
    autobiographical essay in which they discuss their reasons for wanting to
    become a counselor, what attributes they may possess which would
    contribute to their effectiveness as a counselor, what personal
    characteristics they possess that might hinder their relationships with
    clients, and how they are planning to address those issues. The essay
    must be double-spaced and three pages in length. The essay should be sent to
  5. Personal Interview - The personal interview with the faculty is the final
    requirement for full admission into the program. Shortly after the
    admissions deadline, faculty will select applicants to be invited to the
    interview based on the quality of the previous criteria.
    The interview is designed to assess:
    • Applicants’ potential for forming effective interpersonal
      relationships in individual and group contexts
    • Applicants’ openness to self-examination and personal and
      professional growth
    • Applicants’ potential to develop knowledge, skills and dispositions
      in the field
    • Applicants’ potential to work effectively with diverse populations
    • Applicants’ emotional stability
    • Applicants’ receptiveness to supervision
    • Degree to which the Program’s objectives and mission are
      consistent with the vocational and professional goals of applicants
    • The degree to which applicants display the potential for
      success in the counseling program and profession. After the
      interview, applicants are evaluated by the faculty with a rubric
      which considers all of these factors, including both academic and
      non-academic issues.
  6. Passing a criminal background check.

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      Dr. Richard Deaner 

  University Hall, Suite 325
  2500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904


In order for an individual to be considered and then invited for an interview, the online application and all materials must be received on or before the deadlines below.

Application Deadlines:

Fall (Early): February 28th

Fall: April 2nd

Application: November 2nd
Supporting Documents: November 20th

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