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 have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited four-year institution.
Deadline to submit application: Monday, February 1, 2021
Deadline to complete application: Friday, February 12, 2021
Preview and Interview Day: Friday, February 26, 2021
Final Decision Released: Friday, March 5, 2021
Decision to submit intent to enroll: Thursday, April 1, 2021
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.
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.
- Graduate Test Scores: We accept scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test or the Millers Analogies Test (MAT). Students with earned master's degrees are not required to submit test scores.** Due to these unprecedented times, we will be waiving the test score requirement portion of the application for 2021 applicants.
- 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.
Stetson alumni or current students who graduate from any major with at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA for all coursework completed at Stetson do not need to submit GRE or MAT scores in the admission process. However, these applicants must successfully complete all additional required steps, including the following: submitting a full application with resume and personal statement, providing official transcripts requested by the admissions staff, attending a group interview as well as completing the writing sample and submitting three letters of recommendation.
Application materials should be sent to Stetson University:
Stetson University Office of Graduate Admissions
421 N. Woodland Blvd.
DeLand, Florida 32723
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.
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 differ from those used by the United States education system, you must provide 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.
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@example.com 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
421 North Woodland Boulevard
DeLand, Florida 32723
Transfer of course credit is not automatic. An individual who holds the baccalaureate degree from a regionally 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 accredited graduate school provided these hours are approved by the department as part of the student's planned program. The student must fill out an appropriate form requesting transfer credit. 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 for the department's final approval of the transfer of credit. Note: Transfer credits expire eight years after their completion. Transfer credits will be credited to the degree program only after the student has been advanced to candidacy. No work gained by correspondence courses is acceptable toward a graduate degree.
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.
To register, consult your advisor and the list of courses offered through the department, which is available prior to the university's regular registration period. You may obtain a copy of this list from the counselor education department's office.
Students are permitted to take six credits prior to being admitted to the program. Registration in additional graduate-level courses offered through the department is limited to students who have met our entrance requirements and been accepted into the program or receive special permission from the chair of the department.