School Counseling, M.S.

Admissions Requirements for the School Counseling M.S.

  • Bachelor’s degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0
    • We do not require a specific undergraduate major; however, we do look closely at your transcript to see if you have taken classes that are relevant for counseling.
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) – this requirement CANNOT be waived.
  • Supplemental department Master’s degree application, sent directly to as an attachment.
  • A personal statement which defines the applicant’s motivation to seek graduate study and future career ambitions.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential and to their personal qualifications for graduate study in counseling. At least 2 of your references must be from current or former academic instructors.
  • Resume or CV.
  • International students: TOEFL Scores, written test 600, computerized test 250, iBT test 100, or IELTS 7.0 – this requirement CANNOT be waived.

Financial Support

  • New for 2019 – scholarships up to $52,000 can offset 70% of total tuition costs!
    Students who receive this funding must formally be admitted and matriculated into the program beginning summer 2019, and maintain satisfactory academic progress toward that degree, which includes attaining and maintaining a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Students must be enrolled full-time to be eligible. Learn more about School of Education Master’s Degree Scholarships
  • Out-of-department assistantships are frequently available to CHS students. Assistantships and other jobs in departments like the Residence Life, International Students, Academic Services, Athletic Advising, Student Success, and Career Services are posted on the Syracuse University Human Resources website. We suggest interested students look at and apply for jobs in mid-January for the following fall. While most Graduate Assistantships in the Department of Counseling and Human Services are provided for doctoral students, some are available for master’s students.
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship Resources


Applications are considered on a rolling basis for all semester starts. However, we have suggested deadlines of:

  • January 15 for the fall semester of the same year. Deadline extended – apply today!
  • June 1 for the spring semester of the next year.
  • October 1 for the summer semester of the next year.

Applicants should ensure that all of the required materials are submitted by that date.