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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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College Counseling [M.A.]

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The College Counseling Program is designed for students who are interested in working as professional counselors in institutions of higher education. It is a minimum of a 60 credit hour program leading to professional counseling licensure in Michigan. Candidates selected for this program are expected to make a major commitment to graduate training and to enroll in coursework on a regular basis. The program includes a 600-clock-hour supervised counseling internship experience. The College Counseling Program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body that evaluates and grants accreditation to graduate-level programs in professional counseling. The program meets the academic and internship requirements for limited licensure as a professional counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan. Information on the post-master’s requirements for full licensure as a professional counselor is available in the student handbook for Counseling Programs.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

Admission to the programs is selective. The selection process is designed to assess the candidate’s suitability for graduate study and a professional career in counseling. Candidates selected are expected to make major commitments to their graduate training.

  • Evidence of academic aptitude for graduate-level study that includes at least one of the following:
    • A 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA, or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate degree program.
    • A graduate GPA of 3.3 on a previously completed advanced degree.
    • GRE - The GRE scores may not be more than five years old. The student must score at the 50 percentile or above to be accepted. The applicant must also meet the 2.7 minimum GPA required for graduate school admission.
    • Applicants not meeting other criteria but having acquired knowledge of the counseling field based on five years of related experience may be eligible. Students applying under this provision must contact the coordinator of advising for specific procedures before applying to the Office of Graduate Studies and Research.
  • Personal Statement A one-page statement focusing on the applicant’s motivation and rationale for seeking admission to the specific program and their background and goals related to professional studies.
  • Résumé A focused summary of program-relevant educational, career, and/or life experiences.
  • Three recommendations - Request recommendation forms from three professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the applicant’s professional work quality. Applicants may request recommendation letters in addition to completing the recommendation form. Applicants are encouraged to ask recommenders to submit a recommendation letter if this could enhance their application materials. Recommendation forms and letters must come directly from your reference.”

Each applicant will receive a rating on the following criteria: academic potential based on a grade-point average; the quality, extensiveness, and relevance of career/life/educational experiences to the field of college counseling; professional goals/objectives; and recommendations. Based on these ratings, applicants may move to the second phase of the process.

Applicants admitted to the second phase of the selection process will be invited to campus to participate in a personal interview. They will also receive information about programs of study, faculty expectations, and related topics such as professional counselor licensure. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials at this time. Based on the evaluation of all materials and the interviews, admissions decisions will be made.

The admissions appeal procedure provides each applicant with the opportunity to appeal the admissions decision formally. Appeals must be based on an applicant’s perception that his/her due process rights were violated during the admissions process. The procedure is not intended for applicants who do not meet minimum standards for admission as outlined above. An appeal must begin within five working days of the start of the semester following the admissions decision. Applicants wishing to appeal must contact the Coordinator of Advising to obtain written information regarding the appeal procedure.

Program advisors will be assigned after students have been admitted to the School Counseling Program. The advisor will assist the student in developing the program of graduate study that is required for full admission to the school counseling program. The advisor must approve all courses and subsequent changes. Transfer credit can be used toward graduation only if it has been reviewed and accepted by the student’s advisor and is within Graduate School guidelines. The master’s degree program must be completed within a six-year period.

Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Department Information

Leadership & Counseling | Dr. Devika Dibya Choudhuri​, Ph.D., Interim Department Head | 304 Porter, 734.487.0255, dchoudhur@emich.edu

Advisor Information

Perry C. Francis, Ed.D., Professor, COE Clinical Suite | 135 Porter, 734.487.4410, pfrancis@emich.edu

Irene Ametrano, Ed.D., Professor, 304 Porter, 734.487.0255, iametrano@emich.edu

Degree Requirements: 61 hours

The following outline describes the general program requirements for the 61-hour college counseling program.

Supervised Counseling Experiences: 8 hours

Specialization or General Electives: 8 hours

Choose one of the following options. Specialization will not appear on the student’s transcript.

  • Clinical College Counseling Specialization: 8 hours

    This specialization is for those students who seek to work in college counseling centers in 2 and 4-year institutions.

  • Required Courses: 5 hours

  • 3 hrs
  • 2 hrs

    Restricted Elective: 3 hours

    In consultation with their advisor, students will select three hours of elective coursework.


    College Counseling & Advising Specialization: 8 hours

    This specialization is for students who seek to work in student affairs/college counseling & advising at 2 and 4-year institutions.

  • Required Courses: 5 hours

  • 3 hrs
  • 2 hrs

    Restricted Elective: 3 hours

    In consultation with their advisor, students will select three hours of elective coursework. 


    General Elective Courses: 8 hours

    Students will select eight hours of elective coursework with their advisors to enhance their professional growth.

Additional Information

For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head.

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