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Admission Requirements

Students must be admitted to CSUSB graduate studies and meet the general requirements of the university. The program is highly competitive. What this means is we might receive 400 or more applications for the program and even though applicants meet minimum requirements, this does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Each fall, we admit between 40 – 50 students. 

All prospective students must attend one of our Counseling Program Admission Information Sessions. Admission instructions will be provided at the meetings. 

Requirements for Admission:

  1. Attend a Counseling Program information meeting (meeting schedule can be found on the program’s website);
  2. Submission of an Admissions Portfolio following criteria and guidelines provided at the orientation meeting. Portfolios will be evaluated according to the Counseling Program portfolio rubric. Students will be notified as to the status of their application to enroll in COUN 6220. A completed portfolio contains:
    1. Admission to CSUSB Graduate Studies;
    2. Application and current vita/resume;
    3. Transcripts of all higher education coursework;
    4. GPA of 3.0 or higher from all previous undergraduate/graduate work*;
    5. Written Personal Statement;
    6. Three positive recommendations from persons having knowledge of applicant’s counseling potential (forms provided by program);
    7. Evidence of current negative TB test;
    8. Evidence of CTC clearance or possession of a valid California teaching credential;
    9. Upon completion of the above requirements, the student’s file will be reviewed by an admission committee composed of at least three members of the Counseling faculty. Students will be notified about the result of their application and invited to enroll in COUN 6220.
  3. Completion of COUN 6220 with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better.
  4. Students who do not meet admissions criteria will be notified of their deficiencies.

* All transcripts will be evaluated for a cumulative GPA and the last 60/90 units GPA as part of the admission process.