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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”: 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 an approximately 2 page essay that responds to the prompt: “Please describe what is drawing you to the Counseling field. What strengths do you bring with you to the program and the profession? Specifically address your experiences related to diverse populations and how that will inform your work as a counselor.” 


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/active-duty-soldiers-green-to-gold.php


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

A: You must still complete the full application process including 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, and faculty interview. You can find information specific to application as a non-degree seeking student at this link:
Graduate Studies Categories of Admission 

You will not be able to receive financial aid as a non-degree seeking student: Graduate Bulletin Categories of Admission


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 of coursework completed prior to enrollment in the program at APSU. 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 with some sections of courses held at alternate times. Each class meets one time per week for 3 hours.