Admissions Information

Doctoral applications for fall admission must be received by the previous November 1st.

Applicants for the Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision must have:

  • Prior graduate work in counseling: Applicants should have completed a master's degree in counseling or rehabilitation counseling and should have a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.25
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE + Writing/Analytic)
  • It is desireable for applicants to have a minimum of one year of work experience in a counseling setting prior to admission to the doctoral program
  • A personal interview is required to allow an in-depth exploration of career objectives, readiness for doctoral study, prior counseling experience, professional and personal interests and time constraints. In cases where a visit to campus is impossible, the interview may be conducted via telephone.

Admission procedures include the following application materials:

  • General application for admission to graduate study at Syracuse University
  • Department supplemental applications for admission (Ph.D.)
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can speak to your academic potential and to your personal qualifications for graduate study in counseling
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study
  • A personal statement which defines your motivation to seek graduate study and your future career ambitions
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • A writing sample
  • Optional: A video of a counseling session which demonstrates your counseling skills. If you choose to submit such a recording, it needs to be accompanied by a signed release by the client who is participating in the session and commentary about the session (see Department application).
  • TOEFL Scores for international students: written test 600, computerized test 250, iBT test 100 and IELTS 7.0

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Syracuse University Graduate School Application