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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.

Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy:

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy a student must have:

  1. Completed 12 semester units of coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), to include COUN 6220, COUN 6221; COUN 6222.
  2. Complete COUN 6220 with a B or better.
  3. Meet graduate writing requirement that is housed in COUN 6221 with a passing grade as specified in course syllabus.
  4. Filed an approved graduate program plan for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with a program advisor and approved by the program coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation:

  1. A minimum of 60 semester units of graduate-level work, with a minimum of 42 units completed in residency at this university. Students pursing the dual concentration must complete a minimum of 49 units in residency;
  2. A minimum of 20 semester units of credit taken after a student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) in course work taken to satisfy the degree requirements, including a minimum of a “B” in COUN 6220, and COUN 6224, and no grade below a “B-” (2.7) in all other courses in the program;
  4. The graduation writing requirement is met either through demonstrated competence by a passing grade on the writing assignment housed in COUN 6221 as specified in course syllabus or the completion of an equivalent course, GRE score of 5.0 or higher on the writing portion, publication, or masters degree as outlined in the graduate writing waiver form and approved by the program coordinator & graduate studies dean
  5. Comprehensive examination, culminating experience, and/or through completion of a Master’s degree project;
  6. Completion of a graduation requirement check;
  7. Any additional requirements not cited above and listed in the requirements for a Master’s Degree listed in Graduate Degree and Program Requirements.

The comprehensive examination is designed to test the student’s knowledge of the field of counseling. The examination is a standardized national exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). The student will take the examination during their final term. The student must be advanced to candidacy at least one semester before taking the comprehensive examination. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the program coordinator to retake the examination. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to retake the exam. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

A Master’s research project can be reported in the form of a paper, which could include other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student’s advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available in the Graduate Thesis and Project handbook available through the Graduate Studies Office. Students who elect to complete a project are not required to take a comprehensive exam.