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Ph.D. Degree in Counseling

Admission Requirements

Admission to the doctoral programs is for Fall semester only, with February 1 as the application deadline. Applicants must have a master's degree, or its equivalent, from a fully accredited educational institution, and earned a minimum GPA of 3.40 (based on a 4.00 system) on all prior graduate coursework. Additionally, applicants are required to provide official transcripts from all degree programs, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal, quantitative and analytical writing scores no more than 5 years old, and three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's educational skills, abilities, and character. Applicants are also expected to provide a personal statement to include reasons for pursuing doctoral study, a discussion of career goals and plans, full time work experiences (at least two years), professional activities, and contributions they can make to the program and to the profession.

Applicants who have a strong chance for success in the program and have met all of the above requirements will be invited by the department for an on campus interview. The interview will include meetings with departmental faculty and current doctoral students, participating in a work sample/demonstration of clinical skills, and submission of a current vita and writing samples. After the interview process has been completed, applicants will be notified if they have been selected for admission to the program. Applicants are encouraged to check with the program for additional requirements. Further information may be obtained from the Bulletin of the Graduate School and the graduate application may be obtained online at: https://mybanner.msstate.edu/prod/wwskblog.P_DispLoginNon