Center for Psychological Studies

School Counseling

M.S. in School Counseling

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate study in the master's programs, the applicant is required to present evidence of scholastic ability, interest in the area of psychology and counseling, personal stability, and strong character. Minimum requirements include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Students may seek admission to main campus programs for fall, winter, or summer sessions. Field-based cluster start dates vary.

  1. Complete online application form
  2. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree.
  3. An undergraduate or masters degree in psychology, education, behavioral science, social work, or a related field is preferred, and/or demonstrate aptitude to work in counseling through professional, volunteer, research, or personal experience.
  4. Have a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for the general education component of undergraduate studies or have completed the requirements for a baccalaureate degree with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Please briefly explain (500 word minimum) your interest in the field in school counseling. Describe how your professional, academic, and personal experiences led you to apply to this program. Explain why you would like to pursue a career as a school counselor. Include your full name on the essay. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your course grades and other objective information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized and succinct manner.
  6. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have worked with you in academic or professional settings. Each letter must have the NSU recommendation form attached.
  7. TOEFL score (if applicable)
  8. An interview may be required for admission to the program.

International Students
Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit www.naces.org.

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Student Services at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by email at intl@nova.edu, or visit www.nova.edu/internationalstudents .