Summers and Online School Counseling


  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study. International applicants should review this page on how to submit their transcript(s).
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0 may be admitted conditionally upon the recommendation of the department.)
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • A completed graduate school application form.
  • Goals statement. (Follow this link for further instructions)
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)
  • If you are offered admission: The immunization laws for the District of Columbia require all students to provide proof of immunization prior to enrolling. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Additional Program Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Four Department required essays and 1 school counseling essay (these are in addition to the goals statement)

    School Counseling Essay Questions:
    1. Identify and discuss your character strengths and attributes and how you perceive them to contribute to your desire to become a professional counselor and, particularly, a counselor who works with deaf/hh populations. Identify and describe your weaknesses and how these may present potential challenges in your journey to becoming a professional counselor?
    2. Describe a "helping" situation where you were the "helper" and/or provided support to another person(s) and/or organization/community. How did you understand the need and how did this impact your feelings, thoughts, behaviors? What was your motivation to take on this "helping" role? How did you provide the "help" and/or "support"? What outcome did you expect, and how did it compare to the actual outcome? In hindsight, what, if anything, would you have done differently today?
    3. Describe either a "work" situation OR an interpersonal interaction with someone in which you experienced considerable disagreement, conflict, discriminatory behavior and/or attitude. Identify and reflect on specific feelings, thoughts and critical analyses that came up for you during the "situation"—what was your reaction, the reaction and response of the other person(s) involved? How did you end up handling the situation? What insights did you gain about yourself, your ability to relate to other people, and how you deal with the kind of circumstances with which you were faced?
    4. The Department has a strong emphasis on multiculturalism and social justice in counseling. We consider a professional counselor to be a "social change agent" who not only addresses change on an individual level but has the responsibility to address change on the group/organizational and systemic levels. In your personal and/or professional life, can you provide an example of your participation, advocacy, or leadership in helping to improve and/or change the current social status, for the better, of a cultural/racial-ethnic/or religious group? Describe your role in detail, your motivations, how you became involved, and the result of your participation as a social change agent for that group of people. In addition, as you consider making a professional commitment to becoming a counselor specializing in working with deaf/hh populations, describe what it means to you to be a "social change agent" within, and on behalf of the American Deaf/HH community in our society today? What do you consider are the most relevant social justice issues that need to be addressed for this community?
    5. In this country, the deaf/hh student aged population has changed considerably over the years, as has the American Deaf Community overall. What, in your opinion, are the primary challenges (academic, personal and social, career) facing deaf/hh students today in their school programs, and what do you envision the school counselor's role to be in addressing these issues and needs? Identify at least two challenges and explain your choices.
  • Undergraduate or graduate level courses in abnormal psychology, child/adolescent/human development, and any additional psychology course (9 credits total) completed with grades of B or better
  • Evidence of at least 2 years of satisfactory employment in an educational setting, preferably with deaf and hard of hearing children and youth
  • Interview, in person or by Videophone, with program faculty is required
  • American Sign Language proficiency at a level sufficient to successfully complete the Admissions Interview. This interview is conducted in ASL with program faculty and insures, among other things, the applicant's potential for full linguistic access to and participation in instruction and other curricular activities in this graduate program. "Successful completion" is achieved when the applicant demonstrates both receptive and expressive ASL skills such that the interview flows without significant interruptions.