Admission

The Graduate Council of Counselor Education sets the admissions standards for the counselor education program based on standards from the program faculty, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health and the Graduate Council of the College of Arts and Sciences. To seek admission to a graduate program, a candidate must hold a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree from a college or university with institutional accreditation.

Campus Locations

DeLand: 421 N. Woodland Blvd, DeLand, FL. 32723

Valencia: 1800 Denn John Lane, Kissimmee, FL. 34744

Application Deadlines

Spring 2023:

Deadline to complete application: Sepember 1, 2022
Preview and Interview Day: September 30, 2022

Final Decision Released: October 14, 2022
Decision to submit intent to enroll: November 1, 2022

One required component of the admission process for this program is to attend a group interview. Please keep this in mind while considering application deadlines.

Admission Materials

Required Application Materials

The following materials are required to be submitted before an application will be considered complete:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • College/University Transcripts: Official transcripts from all previous universities and/or colleges attended
  • Recommendations: Three professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that can speak to your success in a graduate program
  • Applicant Resume
  • Applicant Statement: Applicants are provided with a prompt and upload a response to their application for admission online. Statements are typically 1-3 pages typed.
  • Counselor Education Informational Video: Applicants must watch a 50-minute video as an introduction to Stetson's Counselor Education programs. This video covers important information that Stetson is required to share with program applicants.
  • Interview and Timed Written Statement: Both requirements will be fulfilled by attending a mandatory Graduate Counseling Preview and Interview Day at Stetson University's main campus in Deland, Florida.

Each applicant will be evaluated in the context of an overall academic record and/or accomplishments in an appropriate field. The Graduate Council of Counselor Education makes final decisions on all applicants. Appeals may be brought to the Graduate Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Application materials should be sent to Stetson University:

Stetson University Office of Graduate Admissions
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
Unit 8289
DeLand, Florida 32723
Fax: 386-822-7112
Email: [email protected]

Deadlines

To ensure adequate review, it is recommended that all application materials are submitted by the final application date stated above. Application decisions will not be made until all application materials are received.

International Students

The following additional requirements apply to international applicants:

Submit your transcripts

Official transcripts from your undergraduate degree are required. Transfer students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended as well as a listing of courses in progress that includes course names, course numbers and numbers of credit hours.

If the grading and evaluation system used by your education system differs from those used by the United States education system, you must provide an official translation and a course-by-course evaluation of undergraduate/graduate degree studies. Please use one of the following evaluation services for your course-by-course evaluation:

World Educational Services
22 Prince St.
PMB 101
New York, NY 10012

Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Ave.
Miami, FL 33173

Take an English proficiency test

All applicants for admission whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit a score of 90 or better on the Internet-based test. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for additional information; the office's contact information is to the right of this page.

Submit immigration forms

Upon admission, WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning will assist students in obtaining a student visa. To issue the U.S. Immigration Form I-20 "Certificate of Eligibility," the department must have on file acceptable documentation and evidence showing that the admitted student has funds to pay for the first year of study at Stetson University. The student should keep a copy of this financial documentation as he or she will need to present it at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate as part of the visa application procedure. Please contact the department at 386-822-8165 or [email protected] with questions regarding this step.

Please send all necessary documentation to WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning at

  • Department of International Learning
    Stetson University
    421 North Woodland Boulevard
    Unit 8412
    DeLand, Florida 32723

Transfer Credit

Transfer of course credit is not automatic. An individual who holds the baccalaureate degree from an institutionally accredited college or university may apply only six semester hours of graduate courses toward the graduate degree prior to admission to the program. A maximum of six semester hours may be transferred from another institutionally accredited graduate school provided these hours are approved by the department as part of the student's planned program.

A student wishing to take work at another institution after being admitted to a graduate program must first have the written approval of the department chairperson. Afterward, he or she must provide an official transcript of the work completed and the course syllabi from the other institution for the department's final approval of the transfer of credit. Note: Transfer credits expire eight years after their completion.  No work gained by correspondence courses is acceptable for a graduate degree.

Course Registration

Students who have been formally admitted to programs in the department may register for classes during the course registration periods established by the Office of the Registrar.

Newly admitted students are permitted to take a maximum of two classes or six credit hours within their first term. Students will hear from their assigned Academic Advisor with an outline of courses they can enroll in for their first term. We do not recommend students register prior to hearing from their Academic Advisor. 

Continuing students are restricted to enrolling in courses outlined in their Planned Program. Deviating from their Planned Program is not permitted. Should questions arise, we recommend reaching out to your Academic Advisor for support.