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Application Deadlines

March 1 for fall admission
October 1 for spring admission

*Please note application deadlines do not apply to the Student Affairs program; students are admitted to the Student Affairs program on an ongoing basis.

Submit your application through The Graduate School.

  • If this is your first time applying to WKU, please create a new web application ID at application account creation
  • If you have previously applied to either graduate or undergraduate programs, please use your WKU ID (or web application ID) and PIN number to log in below. Click here to look up your WKU ID or reset your PIN.

Requirements include

  • Official transcript: Official electronic transcripts can be sent directly to graduate.processing@wku.edu from the National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, or eScript.
  • Please note the minimum Graduate School admission requirements include an earned bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).
  • A non-refundable application processing fee ($65 domestic; $95 international).
  • FOR JUMP APPLICANTS ONLY: You are eligible to begin the application process if you are a WKU undergraduate student in good standing (must have a GPA of 3.00 or above) who has 60 undergraduate hours completed but no more than 100 undergraduate hours completed. You must have completed at least one semester completed at WKU. JUMP in Counseling Applicants will not complete an application to The Graduate School until they have completed their undergraduate degree.

All of the following materials should be submitted directly to the Graduate School.

Note: Documents should be uploaded after applying for admission. 

NOTE: Items uploaded to the portal will not show up on the Application Status page immediately as received.  It typically takes one business day for them to appear.

IF YOU HAVE NOT GRADUATED FROM YOUR UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE AND ARE APPLYING TO THE JUMP IN COUNSELING, submit the following documents in one email to Dr. Jill Sauerheber atjillduba.sauerheber@wku.edu: (a) copy of your transcript; (b) Statement of Interest; and (c) Updated Resume. Follow the directions for completing your Background Check as noted below.

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1. A Statement Of Interest

A statement of interest of no more than 6 pages in length (including a cover page, and page with references listed) that includes the content noted below. This statement should be in APA format, include correct spelling and grammar, and organized according to the prompts below. In the case of Statements of Interest that do not adequately meet the guidelines (i.e., excessive writing and format errors; failure to address all prompts; and/or career objectives are significantly incongruent with program objectives), applicants will be asked to revise their statement and reapply. 

  • Present your career objectives and discuss how a degree in counseling or student affairs (depending on which program is your focus) will prepare you to meet these objectives. Provide support for why you believe your interests and traits (i.e., personal dispositions, interpersonal skills and experiences) match this profession. Be specific and provide examples from your life experiences.
  • Describe your experiences with and respect for cultural diversity. More specifically, discuss how you have formed and maintained relationships with persons from different backgrounds and cultures from your own (i.e., gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.) in both individual and group contexts. How do you maintain respect for these differences? Use specific examples.
  • Briefly discuss how you deal with stressful events. Discuss how you deal with your emotional reactions to events in your life.
  • Three References (listed on the last page of the statement) who can speak to your academic aptitude, professional dispositions and readiness to becoming a professional helper. Include their full names, job titles, organizations, email addresses, phone numbers, and your relationship to them.

    The statement of interest will be reviewed according to the following: careful reflection, insight, and openness to self-examination in addition to evidence of knowledge, skills, and awareness of interpersonal relationships. Further, the applicant’s career objectives and goals will be considered according to whether they are consistent with the program objectives. Finally, the statement of interest will be reviewed according to proper grammar, writing style, flow of ideas and writing structure, as well as use of APA format.

2. An Updated Resume

In addition to the Graduate School application process, students entering the Student Affairs program may be asked to submit a Case Study Writing Sample. Once the completed application is received, separate instructions will be sent for completing this process.

3. Background Check For Your Program

CounselingStudent Affairs

Please select the letter for the program to which you are applying, (i.e., if you are applying to either the CMHC or MCFC program, select the Counseling letter, Student Affairs, select the Student Affairs letter.) Follow the directions within the letter. The cost of this background check is $51.70, you are responsible for this fee. If you have questions or problems while filling out the information, please contact the Client Services Team at 1-800-938-6090. This service is an outside company.

4. Case Study Writing Sample

In addition to the Graduate School application process, students entering the Student Affairs program may be asked to submit a Case Study Writing Sample. Once the completed application is received, separate instructions will be sent for completing this process.

The admission interviews for counseling programs will be conducted in a group format on the last Tuesdays of March and October from 3-5 pm CST. Therefore, it is important that you save the date in the event you are invited to an interview. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current students, and other applicants, as well as ask questions.

Based on the review of the application portfolio, highly ranked applicants will receive notification of their eligibility for an individual or group interview. Applicants who completed Step 1 with moderate rankings may be placed on a waiting list depending on the number of students admitted each term.

Eligible applicants will be scheduled for interviews on campus with faculty, current students, alumni and/or experienced professionals. Participation in the interview process does not guarantee admission but is a prerequisite for admission. Based on the interview assessment, faculty will make offers for admission to the most highly rated candidates.

Applicants with moderate or lower rankings from the interviewers may receive letters indicating that they will be placed on a waiting list or are not eligible for admission based upon the review. If you are on a waiting list, the average time to be notified of your eligibility may be up to 6 weeks.

Save The Dates: Anticipated group interviews for counseling program applicants are listed at the right. If invited, you will receive a more specific details.

Visit our funding opportunities webpage If you wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship in the department and/or other opportunities around campus or the community.

Program Coordinators

The Program Coordinators who will oversee the application process are as follows:

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Dr. Andrea Jenkins
Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling    Dr. Jill Duba Sauerheber
Student Affairs Dr. Aaron Hughey

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and Student Affairs

Gary A. Ransdell Hall 3036
1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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