• 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: August 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: May 20th
    • Interview for Priority Applications: March
    • Notification of Acceptance for Priority Applications: April
  • 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.