How to Apply

We will begin accepting applications October 1, 2016 for the summer 2017 Cohort. Keep watching this page as we will have an exciting new application process beginning this fall! 

Note: Before you apply, please review the list below of items that are required for admission to the Doctorate in Professional Counseling and Supervision degree. 

Please direct program questions to Dr Matt Varga at mvarga@westga.edu, or (678) 839-6061. If you have any questions regarding your application, please contact graduate@westga.edu.

Application Process

  • 1. Online Application 
    1. Online Application 

    Complete the online application for graduate admissions. The online application requires a $40.00 non-refundable application fee. You will receive a confirmation message indicating that your application has been submitted. Please mail all required application documents in one packet to the address listed below. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • 2. Official Transcripts
    2. Official Transcripts

    Request official transcripts from all institution(s) you have attended, even if only for transfer credit (Must include both undergraduate and graduate).  If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Please forward all required application materials in one packet to the address listed below.

  • 3. Program Specific Requirements for Doctorate in Professional Counseling and Supervision Degree
    3. Program Specific Requirements for Doctorate in Professional Counseling and Supervision Degree
    • An official transcript of all graduate and undergraduate level work is required.
    • Applicants must have either an Education Specialist degree in Counseling Education from an accredited program or 30 hours of post-masters, advanced preparation in counseling.
    • Applicants must have a master's degree in counseling from a CACREP accredited program. If the program was not CACREP accredited at the time of the applicant's graduation, the applicant must demonstrate that the program was CACREP equivalent.
    • A cumulative minimum graduate grade point average (PGA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale is required for all graduate course work.
    • Copy of certification or licensure. Applicants must be certified as a Professional School Counselor and/or licensed as a Professional Counselor.
    • Applicants must have at least three years of experience in private or public schools, community agency, hospital, or private practice
    • Send official GRE scores(Verbal and Quantitative reasoning) to the University of West Georgia (be sure to choose school code 5900, when taking the test). Scores must be no more than 5 years old. GRE® test scores are valid for five years after the testing year in which you tested (July 1–June 30). Currently, scores earned from July 1, 2011, to the present are available. There is no requiredminimum GRE score, however, we do have recommended minimum GRE scores. Students must complete the Verbal & Quantitative reasoning tests. A combined score of 1000 is the recommended minimum, with a score of at least 450 on each test. (New Scale Scores combined recommended 300; at least 151 Verbal reasoning and 145 Quantitative reasoning).
    • A 300 - 500 word essay. The essay presents the applicant's professional goals and how the doctorate in Professional Counseling Supervision will contribute to achieving those goals.
    • Three recommendations (click here for form) on the Professional Counseling and Supervision recommendation form. The recommendations must be from professionals who are familiar with the applicant's professional qualities.
    • A vitae/resume listing contact information, educational background, employment history, awards and recognitions, presentations, etc. is required.
    • A letter from the applicant's administrative supervisor indicating support for their doctoral studies and related activities.
    • An interview with a team of faculty members to be scheduled (BY THE PROGRAM) after the review of submitted materials.
  • 4. Submitting Required Materials
    4. Submitting Required Materials
    Please submit all materials online.
  • 5. Check your application's status
    5. Check your application's status 

    Log -in to our Graduate Student Pre-Enrollment Preparation Site (PREP) to check the status of your application.
    When attempting to login, your ID Number will be your social security number, and your PIN is the last 2 digits of your birth year followed by the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you have forgotten your pin, please select 'Change Pin'.
    Example: If your social security number is 123-45-6789 and birth year is 1990, then your login information will be:
    ID = 123456789 Pin = 906789
    If you are an international student please click here for any additional requirements.