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Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions Questions

Q: Are there any pre-requisites for the program?

A: Yes. Applicants are required to complete at least 12 hours of undergraduate level psychology coursework. We recommend that this coursework include the following classes: introduction to psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, and statistics for behavioral sciences.


Q: What if I do not have all 4 pre-requisite classes?

A: Ideally, the pre-requisites should be competed at the time of application, but we can still consider a candidate if they will have all pre- requisites completed by the start of the program. However, this might put the candidate at a disadvantage compared to the other applicants at the time.


Q: How do I complete my pre-requisite classes at APSU? 

A: Apply as a “Special Student: Non-degree Seeking”: https://www.apsu.edu/admissions/applicant/special.php; upon admission, register for the classes you need.


Q: What if I do not have the minimum GPA or GRE score?

A: The GRE and GPA are pieces of many components that we use for consideration. Currently the GRE is waived for all applicants for the 2021 cohort.


Q: How do I submit Letters of Recommendation?

A: Your letter writers can submit their letters directly to gradadmissions@apsu.edu.


Q: What should I include in my personal statement?

A: Your personal statement should be approximately 2 pages and gives you an opportunity to let us know what is drawing you to the counseling field, what strengths you may bring to the profession, and other information you believe is important to know about you and your journey.


Q:  I am applying for the Green-to-Gold program, does this impact my registration process?

A: Green to Gold is managed through a separate program, more information and contact persons can be found here: https://www.apsu.edu/rotc/graduate-students.php


Q: What if I already have a Master’s degree?

A: You must still complete the application process if you are a non-degree seeking student: https://www.apsu.edu/grad-studies/future-students/non-degree-seeking.php

You will not be able to receive financial aid as a non-degree seeking student: http://catalog.apsu.edu/content.php?catoid=38&navoid=1703#categoriesofadmission


Q: If I already have a Master’s degree and am applying for the program will you consider that GPA or my Bachelor’s level GPA?

A: We will review the GPA at the Bachelor’s level. However, your GPA at the Master's level can help speak to your potential for successfully completing graduate level coursework.

Transfer Student Questions

Q: How many credits can I transfer in to APSU?

A: Up to 9 hours. All transfer credit will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the program coordinator and admissions committee.


Q: What if I am currently enrolled at in a graduate program at another university…would it be possible to transfer or is the application process still the same as if just applying to the school?

A: You may be able to transfer in up to 9 credits, but the application process remains the same.

Program Information

Q: Is this an on-ground or online program?

A: This is an on-ground program. Although we do offer limited courses in an online or hybrid format, the majority of the program is only available in an on-ground format.


Q: What time are classes offered? 

A: All on-ground courses are available from 4:30-7:30 on Monday-Thursday evenings. Each class meets one time per week for 3 hours.