Requirements - Not accepting new students

  • Completed application form. See Application Instructions to learn how.
  • A non-refundable application fee of $75.
  • 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.)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate study, including evidence of having received a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. (Those applying during their final undergraduate year will be required to submit a final transcript after completion of their bachelor's degree and before enrolling in their first semester of graduate study.) See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Official transcripts of all graduate study. See Application Guidelines and FAQ for more information.
  • Goals statement(Question #1 and #4 must be answered in ASL using the same format as the Essay in ASL requirement - see further down for instructions). See Application Guidelines for more information.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL is required from all international applicants from non-English speaking countries. (Use 5240 for the ETS institutional code)

Additional Program Requirements

  • Each applicant is required to submit a short essay answer to each of the topics listed below. These short essays are required in addition to the general application requirements (including the goal statements). These essays will be evaluated by the Selection Committee for clarity in describing the factors that contributed to your choice of school counseling as a profession and to your decision to undertake graduate study at this time.

    School Counseling Essay Questions:
    There are 5 program-specific essays. Please submit essays #1, #2, and #5 in written/typed English, and essays #3 and #4 in ASL. The written essays should be typed, double-spaced, and about one-half to three-fourths of a page in length. To submit the two ASL essay responses you will need to video yourself and provide us with the video link. Please create one video for #3 and a separate video for #4. Each video should be 3-5 minutes long. Upload your videos to Google Drive or YouTube and send the video links to

    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.