James Madison University

Counseling and Supervision

Admission to Program

Successful candidates for admission to the Counseling and Supervision Program must demonstrate exceptional academic aptitude for doctoral study; previous professional experience in the counseling field; potential to become an educator, supervisor, scholar, leader and advocate of counseling; and ability to develop greater expertise in applying technology to the profession. The initial screening is based on a comprehensive and integrated review of all the material that the applicants have submitted. All candidates must go through the entire admissions procedure. Admission is selective and we admit only a limited number of students each year.

The specific criteria for admission include the following:

  • Completion of an advanced degree (M.A., M.S. or Ed.S) from an entry-level graduate counseling program with preference given to CACREP-accredited programs. 
  • Completion of 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework necessary to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  If the advanced degree program involved only 48 credit hours, applicants need to complete 12 additional credit hours to meet licensure requirements. Candidates must submit official transcripts documenting the completion of both undergraduate and graduate degrees, including any supplementary courses to become an LPC.
  • A history of academic success. The graduate transcripts must demonstrate readiness to succeed in doctoral level coursework.
  • Resume.  Candidates should submit a resume detailing their counseling-related training, work experiences, and scholarship.
  • Supportive references.  Three individuals must complete and submit reference forms.  At least one individual should be well acquainted with the candidate's academic potential.  At least one person should be a supervisor or trainer who can discuss in detail the applicant's counseling skills.
  • Professional writing sample.  Application materials must include an academic term paper, published article, conference paper, or manuscript related to the field of counseling.  The sample should be between 10 and 25 pages and written in APA format.
  • Personal statement. Candidates must offer a personal statement of at least 2,000 words describing themselves and their specific interests in counseling. They are encouraged to go beyond the grades, honors, and work record that they have already provided on the resume. Instead, they are invited to share the personal qualities and life experiences that have contributed to their potential to become successful doctoral students in counseling. Finally, they should describe the professional goals and scholarly interests they plan to pursue by completing doctoral training.
  • TOEFL or MELAB scores, if an international applicant. International candidates for whom English is not their primary language must submit official test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 550 on the written tests and 220 on the computer-based test. Applicants must have taken these tests within the past two years.

The application must be complete in order for you to be considered for the program. We participate in an interview with the top applicants sometime during the middle of February. Please be prepared to reserve these dates in your schedule so that you can attend if invited. A criminal history check is required of admitted students during the first fall semester.

Application Instructions Website: 
http://www.jmu.edu/grad/prospective/Instructions.shtml

Application Timeline: You may apply as early as October 15 and the target date is January 15. All application materials should be received by January 15 in order to ensure consideration by the program.

Program Begins: Summer or Fall