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Clinical Mental Health Counseling Admissions Information

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MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with 3.0-grade point average (GPA) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work for regular admission status or 2.5 GPA to 2.99 GPA for provisional admission status.
  • Have career goals consistent with the degree offered by Counselor Education.
  • Demonstrate commitment to time requirements of the Counselor Education program.
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.

GRE Scores are optional for application to this program.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Semester  Deadline
Summer 2 January 10

Note: Applications received after this time may be considered if space remains in cohort.

Note: Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at (540) 231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. 

Application Checklist

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Include a web printout or scanned copy of your transcripts with your online application.  If you receive an offer of admission and choose to enroll at VT, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to both Graduate Admissions and School of Education.

Graduate School Testing Requirements

GRE is optional for Counselor Education (M.A.Ed.). Please have the testing agency send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859. There is not a minimum score requirement for admission to the Counselor Education program.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for Counselor Education (M.A.Ed.). You can include references/recommendations email addresses in your online application, and they will receive an email with instructions on how to provide electronic references. 

Letter of Interest and Curriculum Vitae/Resume

letter of interest (3-5 pages) is required by the program along with your latest Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Letter of Interest Guidelines:

  • Why do you want to undertake graduate work?
  • Why do you qualify to pursue a graduate degree at Virginia Tech?
  • What do you expect to derive from your program of study?
  • If you have a concentration or area of interest in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.
  • What do you expect to contribute as a student and subsequently as a member of the profession?

Applying as an International Student

Because this program is only offered on our Roanoke campus, we do not accept applications from international students for this master's program. 

Additional Information/Supporting Material

Applicants are welcome to submit any additional information with application material that would be useful in the evaluation of your application.

Application Fees

Degree-seeking students must include a $75 fee with their application. If this poses a financial hardship, check with the Graduate School to see if you qualify for a waiver or reduced fee.

To apply to the graduate program, students must submit the Virginia Tech Graduate School online application. 

To apply to the Virginia Tech the Higher Education and Policy Studies M.A.Ed. program, select "Education, Higher Education (M.A.Ed.) " as your major. Choose degree option “M.A.Ed.” from the list.

 Send official scores to Virginia Tech Graduate School, code 5859.

There is a discount for in-state K-12 teachers; use this application form in order to receive the reduced costs. Otherwise, as with on-campus students, we refer you to the VT Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for information on financial assistance. Generally, distance learners may qualify for federal loans if they take 5 or more credit hours per semester.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

The Graduate School sends an official offer of admission to applicants upon the recommendation of the department faculty. Admitted applicants who are offered graduate assistantships at Virginia Tech are not required to make a decision to commit to the assistantship offer until April 15. See the assistantships page for more details.

Include a scanned copy of your college transcripts with your online application, then arrange for an official copy to be sent to us after you receive an offer of admission.

The official transcripts showing degree conferral should be sent directly from your institution(s) to Graduate Admissions and School of Education:

To,
Virginia Tech Graduate Admissions
120 Graduate Life Center at Donaldson Brown (Mail Code 0325)
155 Otey Street NW
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

and to,
Office of Academic Programs 
School of Education
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs Support

Kathy Tickle
Enrollment Services Specialist
402 Wallace Hall (0565)
540-231-9721
ktickle@vt.edu

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader:

Nancy Bodenhorn, Associate Professor and Program Leader, Counselor Education
Nancy Bodenhorn, Associate Professor and Program Leader, Counselor Education

Dr. Nancy Bodenhorn

1750 Kraft Drive, 2112 (0302)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8180 | nanboden@vt.edu