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Admission Information

Requirements and Documents for Admission

The prerequisite for pursuing this degree is 12 hours of psychology or psychology related courses that should include: general psychology, human development, statistics, and abnormal psychology (or closely related). If seeking a master's degree in counseling, candidates must request admission to candidacy before completing nine hours of graduate course work. Undergraduate faculty who instructed you and can verify your academic ability should complete your recommendation forms.


In addition to meeting the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies, students must meet the following four conditions to be offered regular admission to the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling. Admission to the M.S. in Counseling Program (both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling concentrations) is competitive and selective. Applicants who are admitted typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above and/or new version GRE scores on the Verbal section of 146 and the Quantitative section of 142 or above. A variety of factors are taken into account in admissions including undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, a personal statement and number of available openings in the program of interest. All completed applications will be reviewed. Those applicants who meet the admissions requirements will be contacted for a phone, Skype, or on campus interview. The Department of Psychological Science and Counseling does not grant conditional admissions. Priority admission will be given to applicants whose files are completed and who meet admission requirements prior to March 1st for fall admission. Later applications will be considered based upon openings. Students seeking to apply after March 1st must contact the coordinator of the respective counseling program. Applicants to the Department of Psychological Science and Counseling must be formally admitted to the department before they can enroll in classes.

Please submit the following application materials directly to the APSU College of Graduate Studies:

In addition, send the following application materials directly to the coordinator of the designated program:

  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Unofficial GRE Scores
  • Personal Statement
  • Three Letters of Recommendation which speak to academic ability and potential as well as potential as a counselor. Applicants may submit paper copies of the recommendation form OR you may use the Graduate School's online service and Request a Letter of Recommendation from your references electronically. 

*Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation should be mailed directly to the appropriate program coordinator (see addresses below). Letters of recommendation should be mailed directly by the letter writers. In order to expedite the decisions concerning admission to the Counseling Program, you may also send unofficial copies of the transcripts and GRE Scores to the Program Coordinator; however, official transcripts and GRE scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions.

Dr. Shunda L. Brown, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
Clement Building
P.O. Box 4537
Clarksville, TN 37044

Dr. Deborah Buchanan, School Counseling Program Coordinator
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
Clement Building
P.O. Box 4537
Clarksville, TN 37044

Admission Forms

International Student Admission*

The APSU College of Graduate Studies handles all international student admissions. You must submit the following items well in advance of the semester for which you are seeking admission:

  • Applications and complete, certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English
  • Proof of proficiency in the English language. A paper-based score of 500 or a computer-based score of 173 on the TOEFL Examination is required of applicants whose native language is not English.
  • Evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay educational expenses.
  • Documentation of an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

If you are transferring to APSU from a foreign institution, you must provide a copy of a course-by-course equivalency review performed by an educational credentials agency.

* This program not available to International Students on F-1 or J-1 Visa