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General Admission Information

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. 

 Admission Requirements 

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 or above 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 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 Counseling Program coordinator (Dr. Deborah Buchanan):

*Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation should be mailed directly to the program coordinator (see address 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. Deborah Buchanan, Counseling Program Coordinator
Department of Psychological Science and Counseling
Clement Building
P.O. Box 4537
Clarksville, TN 37044

 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:

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