• Admission Requirements M.Ed (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, formerly Community Counseling, or School Counseling)

    The admission process begins with application to the Graduate School. The application and all materials are submitted to the Graduate School. Files will be reviewed in the department only after all materials are received. Please email any program-specific documents, that cannot be submitted through the online application system, to graduate@westga.edu.

    Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (School Counseling) are made only during Summer semester. Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, formerly Community Counseling) are made only during Fall semester. Admissions to the M.Ed. Professional Counseling (College Student Affairs) are made only in the Fall semester. Admissions to the Ed.S. Professional Counseling are made every semester.

    Admission Requirements M.Ed (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, formerly Community Counseling, or School Counseling)
    1. 2.7 Undergraduate GPA
    2. Minimum GRE composite score of 286 (146 verbal reasoning, 140 quantitative reasoning, and 3.5 analytical writing) or a GRE composite score of 800 on or before August 1, 2011 (400 verbal, 400 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing)
    3. Resumé
    4. Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program.
    5. Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.
    6. School Counseling Applicants ONLY:
      a. Passing score on the GACE Basic Skills exam (http://gace.ets.org/about/assessments)
      b. The GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III can be exempted with the following scores:
      1. SAT Composite score: 1000 on Verbal and Math
      2. ACT Composite score: 43 on English and Math
      3. GRE Composite score: 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative (before 8/1/2011)
      GRE Composite score: 297 on Verbal and Quantitative (on or after 8/1/2011)
    Application Deadlines (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, formerly Community Counseling) 
    • Admission: Fall
    • Priority Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Final Application Deadline: July 1st
    • Interview for Priority Applications: March
    • Notification of Acceptance for Priority Applications: April
    Application Deadlines (School Counseling)
    • Admission: Summer
    • Priority Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Final Application Deadline: April 1st
    • Interview for Priority Applications: March
    • Notification of Acceptance for Priority Applications: March
  • Admission Requirements M.Ed (College Student Affairs) 
    Admission Requirements M.Ed (College Student Affairs)
    1. 2.7 Undergraduate GPA 
    2. Minimum GRE composite score of 286 (146 verbal reasoning, 140 quantitative reasoning, and 3.5 analytical writing) or a GRE composite score of 800 on or before August 1, 2011 (400 verbal, 400 quantitative, and 3.5 analytical writing)
    3. Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program
    4. Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.  
    5. Resumé
    Application Deadlines (College Student Affairs)
    • Admission: Fall
    • Priority Application Deadline: February 1st
    • Interview for Priority Applications: March
    • Notification of Acceptance for Priority Applications: April
  • Admission Requirements and Deadlines Ed.S
    Admission Requirements and Deadlines Ed.S

    The entry level degree for the application to the Ed.S. program is a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field (psychology). The program is a cohort program and generally admissions are in the fall semester only. However those students requiring prerequisites may be admitted to the program in summer or spring.

    Admission requirements include:

    • Master's degree in counseling or very closely related field
    • 3.0 graduate GPA
    • Minimum GRE composite score of 900 (prior to August 1, 2011; minimum of 450 verbal and 450 quantitative) or GRE composite score of 291 (on or after August 1, 2011; minimum of 150 verbal and 141 quantitative); and 3.5 analytical writing
    • Resume'
    • Written personal narrative describing the reasons for applying to the program, an analysis of personal strengths and weaknesses related to chosen option, career goals, and anticipated benefits from the program.
    • Interview with faculty. This interview will focus on the assessment of factors such as emotional maturity, professional related experience, readiness for the program, life experiences, attitude, compatibility with department goals, and communication/interpersonal skills.

     If the prospective student's master's degree is NOT from a CACREP accredited counseling program, the student must have taken the equivalent of:

    • CEPD 7138 Multicultural Counseling and Education
    • CEPD 6140 Introduction to Counseling Practice
    • CEPD 6131 Counseling Theories
    • CEPD 6160 Group Counseling
    • CEPD 7152 Research and Program Evaluation
    • CEPD 6189 Practicum

    Students who are admitted without having the equivalent of the above courses are expected to complete them successfully before taking the required Ed.S. coursework. These prerequisite courses will not count toward meeting the requirements for the Ed.S. degree.

  • Admission Requirements and Deadlines Master of Education with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology
    Guidelines for Admittance
    • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
    • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
    • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
    • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.
    Program Specific Admittance Guidelines
    • 3.0 or better GPA
    • Official GRE Scores: minimum 147 Verbal/147 Quantitative
    • 3 Letters of Recommendation which must come from university professors who can write about your academic skills and performance.
    • Personal Statement/Essay
    • Passing score on the GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III; or 
    • The GACE Program Admission Assessment, Combined Test I, II, and III can be exempted with the following scores:
      • SAT Composite score: 1000 on Verbal and Math
      • ACT Composite score: 43 on English and Math
      • GRE Composite score: 1030 on Verbal and Quantitative (before 8/1/2011); or GRE Composite Score: 297 on Verbal and Quantitative on or after 8/1/2011)
    • Interview - By Invitation Only
    • Satisfactory results on the College of Education Criminal Background Check. 
    Application Deadlines

    Admissions Deadline for Fall 2017:
    Priority: December 15, 2016
    Final: February 15, 2017

    Admission Process Checklist

    The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here

    One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

    Contact

    Lama Farran, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
    Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders
    Phone: 678-839-6075
    Fax: 678-839-6162
    lfarran@westga.edu
    Office: Education Annex 252

    College of Education Office of Graduate Studies
    Phone: 678-839-5430
    Fax: 678-839-6174