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Step 2. Apply to the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
The second step in applying for admission to the master's degree programs offered by the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs is to submit the materials noted below by the March15th deadline. Collectively, these materials constitute an application portfolio. These portfolios allow department faculty members to evaluate applicants from a holistic perspective that includes academic achievement, test scores, writing abilities, life experience, and personal and interpersonal awareness.
Applicants submit the specified materials directly to the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs. The faculty then rate these materials and rank them to determine eligibility for Step 3, the on campus interview.
- A statement of interest of at least 6 and not more than 10 pages in length that includes the following content. This statement should use APA format and style.
- Discuss what it would mean to you to become a counselor or student affairs professional.
- Describe your personal characteristics that prepare you to become an effective counseling or student affairs professional.
- Discuss how you deal with your emotional reactions to events in your life.
- Describe your experiences with diverse persons and cultures. Discuss what you have learned from these experiences.
- Briefly discuss how you deal with stressful events.
- Describe how your friends and family would describe how you function in your relationships with them.
- Present your career objectives and discuss how a degree in counseling or student affairs will prepare you to meet these objectives.
- A completed admission form: PDF | Word
- Signature Required - Read the statement on the admission form carefully before signing it. You are attesting to the fact that you have never been convicted of felony, and finally, you are attesting that you have never been charged with a crime involving abuse or personal harm.
- If you have been charged or convicted of such felonies, attach a statement that explains the circumstances. (Remember that you must attach a KSP background check with your application.) Falsification of the information in this statement or another part of the application is grounds for immediate dismissal from the program.
- KSP background check and signed statement: PDF | Word
- Three recommendations that use the Candidate Recommendation Form:
PDF | Word
- Recommendations are required from people who are able to comment on your professional competence and/or aptitude. Recommendations from professors and adjuncts of the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs are NOT accepted.
- AFTER you fill out the first side of the recommendation form with your name, program of study and signature, give the form to each of your references together with an envelope in which they can seal their completed recommendation.
- Ask each person submitting a recommendation to sign his or her name across the sealed flap, indicating a completed recommendation is inside the envelope. The references should then return their sealed, signed recommendations TO YOU. When you have three completed recommendations, include them with your application materials.
- An unofficial copy of your transcripts and GRE or Miller Analogy Test scores. (Graduate Studies will have official copies on file.)
- A recent resume or CV
- Mail or submit this information electronically to:
Department of Counseling and Student Affairs
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031
Bowling Green, KY 42101
Your application portfolio should reflect thought, attention to detail, and appropriate effort. You are applying to a competitive graduate program; it is important that your portfolio represents you in a positive yet realistic manner. Please allow approximately 6 weeks to complete the various parts of this application, including time to get recommendation forms to and from your references.