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School Counseling Program Admissions Information

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  • 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 NOT required for application to this program.


Semester  Deadline
Summer 2 January 10

Note: Applications received after the deadline may be considered if space remains in the 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


Include a web printout or scanned copy of your unofficial 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

The GRE is optional for Counselor Education (M.A.Ed.). If you choose to submit GRE scores as part of your application, please have the testing agency send your 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. 

Curriculum Vitae/Resume and Short Answer Questions

Please submit your latest Curriculum Vitae/Resume.

Short Answer Guidelines:   When completing the online application, you will be asked to submit short answer responses to the following prompts. The faculty expects your responses to be composed entirely by you, without editing or review by others. Please limit your responses to no more than 250 words per question. 

  • What is your interest in graduate work, especially “counseling"/“counselor education, supervision, and research"?  (For mental health and school programs it should relate to “counseling”, for Phd it should ask about goals for “counselor education, supervision, and research”)
  • Why is Virginia Tech a good fit for your goals?
  • What contributions you plan to make as a student/member of the profession?
  • Describe your personal strengths in working with people and organizations.
  • Describe your limitations or challenges in working with people and organizations.
  • Please give evidence of your commitment to complete a master's program. (This may include how you have planned for personal, financial, family, and work commitments).
  • Please describe ANY criminal or civil legal action which has been taken against you in the past (or is still pending), and the resolution of that action (exclude traffic violations).

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 with a visa other than an F1 or J1. 

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. 

 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 unofficial 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 to the School of Education:

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

and to:
Virginia Tech School of Education
Office of Academic Programs 

1750 Kraft Drive (0302)
Suite 2000
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061

Office of Academic Programs Support

Kathy Tickle
Enrollment Services Specialist
1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2065

For Further Information, Contact the Program Leader:

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Matthew Fullen, Associate Professor and Program Leader, Counselor Education

Dr. Matthew Fullen

1750 Kraft Drive (0302), #2062
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-8652 |