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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.

Counseling and Student Affairs Graduate Programs

Apply to The Graduate School. For Counseling Programs, completed applications must be received by March 1 for fall admission; and by October 1 for spring admission.

Applicants should review The Graduate School Admission Requirements and submit their graduate application at Apply Now for Admission to WKU.  Applicants will eventually receive an Application Receipt Email within a few days of their application. Upon receiving the Application Receipt Email, they should complete the application process by going to The Graduate School Document Upload Portal.

Upon receiving a copy of their background check, applicants should upload it into the Portal. (See Step 2 below for information on applying for a background check.) Applicants should also request their official transcripts through WKU’s Official Transcript Request. Applicants who expect to graduate within the semester of their application should upload a copy of their current official transcript in the Portal and then re-submit a copy of their transcript when it confirms a completed degree. The Department must have access to the final transcript that includes the degree awarded no later than one month prior to the semester of enrollment. Invitations for admittance cannot be extended until the latter is uploaded and meets academic requirements (i.e., minimal GPA for WKU Graduate School). Pending upon this final transcript, previous program acceptance for admission can be retracted. 

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.

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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), written in APA format, includes correct spelling and grammar, and organized according to the prompts below. Applicants who submit Statements of Interest that do not adequately meet expectations (i.e., excessive writing and format errors; failure to address all prompts; and/or career objectives and personal/interpersonal dispositions that are incongruent with program objectives) may be denied admission or asked to reapply with an updated Statement of Interest for the next admissions cycle.

  • Discuss how your career objectives and personal and interpersonal dispositions are fitting for the counseling or student affairs profession. Provide support for and specific examples of why you believe your interests, as well as personal and interpersonal dispositions (including interpersonal skills and experiences, as well as ability to handle stress and emotional triggers) are appropriate and fitting for the profession.
  • Briefly discuss how you will be successful in forming effective relationships with clients through both face to face and digital delivery of individual, couples and/or family counseling. Be specific and provide examples. Consider ways in which you may need to grow to be success in either type of delivery and/or with a given population.
  • Briefly describe your aptitude for graduate-level study through both face-to-face and digital delivery modalities. Provide evidence for why you believe you are ready for graduate studies. Given that courses are offered through both face-to-face and delivery, respond to the following questions: If you are accustomed to face to face learning, how will you adjust to digital learning? If you are easily distracted, how will you remain focused and attentive during zoom class meetings? How will you seek and maintain relationships with instructors in both face to face and digital settings so as to assure your success in the course?
  • 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? In what ways will you need to develop in order to be culturally sensitive when providing counseling services? Use specific examples.

2. Names of Three References

References should be able to speak to the applicant’s academic aptitude, professional dispositions and readiness to becoming a professional helper. Each reference should include a full name, job title (i.e., Associate Professor, Adjunct Instructor), affiliated department, email address, phone number, and the applicant’s relationship to them (i.e., research assistant).

3. An Updated Resume

Applicants should submit an updated resume. Current WKU undergraduates may seek the WKU Career Center for resources related to resume building.

4. Background Check For Your Program

CounselingStudent Affairs

Applicants to either the CMHC or MCFC program should select the link “Counseling” above; Student Affairs applicants, should select the link “Student Affairs” above and then proceed with the directions and fee. All questions should be directed to the Verified Credentials Client Services Team at 1-800-938-6090. The Background Check is forwarded to the Graduate School, however upon receiving it from Verified Credentials, applicants should upload a copy of it into The Graduate School Document Upload Portal.

The background may take weeks to be processed; this process should be initiated well in advance of the application deadline as it could take a month to process.

4. Additional Requirements

A writing sample may be requested once a completed application has been received.

Based upon a holistic review of their application materials, highly reviewed applicants will be invited to an on-line admissions group interview scheduled on the last Tuesdays of March and October from 11-1 pm CST. Since the Department does not offer an alternative admissions date or time, applicants should arrange in advance to attend.

During the interview, applicants are reviewed by faculty on skills related to but not limited to listening, awareness of self and others, ability to collaborate and communicate, sensitivity to diversity, as well as respect for others. Based upon a collective evaluation of the application materials, as well as the demonstration of skills, applicants will receive an invitation for admission or denial.

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.

For information regarding the transfer of credit, see Info for Students, “Transfer, Non-degree, and Licensure Seeking Students” at https://www.wku.edu/csa/licensure.php

Program Coordinators

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

Clinical Mental Health Counseling,
Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling   
Dr. Andrea J. Kirk-Jenkins
Student Affairs Dr. Aaron Hughey

For Joint Undergraduate-Master’s Programs (JUMP) in Counseling

JUMP applicants are eligible to begin the application process to the Department’s programs if they 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; and has completed one semester at WKU.

If you are interested in applying or have applied and been accepted, continue with the Apply Here tab below for more information on the JUMP application process, as well as the steps for matriculating once accepted. 

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

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