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

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The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs Joint Undergraduate-Master’s Program allows undergraduate students to earn graduate credit towards their applied master’s degree.

This program is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who have completed one full-time semester at WKU and are in good standing.

  • Earn graduate credit at the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Decrease your time to a graduate degree because of continuous enrollment.
  • Have the opportunity to specialize in Addictions Education, College and Career Readiness, Marriage Couples and Family Counseling, School Counseling, and/or Play and Expressive Arts Therapy.


Program Options

The Department of Counseling and Student Affairs offers a Master of Arts in Education in Counseling. Included in this degree option are two concentrations students may choose for their programs of study to their primary areas of interest: 

Why Choose WKU’s Counseling Programs?

Our faculty and students value experiential learning. Most of our classes are offered face to face on WKU’s Bowling Green campus, during the week in the afternoon and evenings and occasionally on weekends. Since we also offer a cohort model, many of our students become lifelong learners, colleagues and friends. The Department also offers a team of exceptional faculty who are highly experienced and trained; and highly motivated to mentor and support students throughout their academic journey and beyond.

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

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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.

JUMP Applicants do NOT apply to Graduate School, but rather directly to the Department.

Required Documentation

Submit the following documents in one PDF document and email to the WKU CSA Office Coordinator: The subject line of the mail containing your application portfolio should read: JUMP Application Counseling.

Applicants should also request their official transcripts through WKU’s Official Transcript Request.

A Statement of Intent 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 the guidelines (i.e., excessive writing and format errors; failure to address all prompts; and/or career objectives are significantly incongruent with program objectives) will be asked to reapply with an updated Statement of Interest for the next application cycle.

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  • 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.

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. In the case of JUMP applicants, the statement of interest will also be reviewed for readiness for graduate school. Further, the applicant’s career objectives and goals will be considered according to whether they are consistent with the program objectives.

JUMP Applicants are required to include the following as their list of References:

  1. Their WKU undergraduate Academic Advisor
  2. Two faculty members who can speak to the above with specific detail, as well as the applicant’s academic and professional readiness for graduate school.

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

CounselingStudent Affairs

Applicants to either the CMHC or MCFC program should select “Counseling”; Student Affairs, should select “Student Affairs” 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 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.
  • Upon receiving the Background Check back from Verified Credentials, it should be included in order (as noted above) in the PDF Application Portfolio.

JUMP Matriculation into CSA Courses

JUMP students adhere to the following process within the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs (CSA): 

Student Completes and Submits Statement of Intent

The student completes a Statement of Intent (including the first two bullets; Student Name line) and then email it back to the the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs JUMP Coordinator with Subject Line: “JUMP Statement of Intent 800#.”

The accompanying email should include the following:

  1. Undergraduate Advisor contact information including full name, phone number, and email.
  2. How many undergraduate credits have been completed.
  3. Expected date of undergraduate graduation.

The CSA JUMP Coordinator will complete it and forward it to the WKU Graduate School for approval. Pending approval, the CSA JUMP Coordinator or CSA Office Coordinator will forward the approved Statement of Intent to both the student and their Undergraduate Advisor. The student should file and keep the approved document as it will be needed to register for graduate courses.

Student Schedules and Meets with Undergraduate Advisor

After the Statement of Intent has been approved by Graduate School and the student and advisor have received a copy, the JUMP student should schedule a meeting with their Undergraduate Advisor to discuss how many graduate course/s would be appropriate to take within the next semester. This conversation should include consideration of the student's anticipated undergraduate course load.

Student Follows Up with CSA JUMP Coordinator

The JUMP Coordinator will then advise which course/s should be taken in the next semester. The student will then add the course/s on the JUMP iCAP Exception Form and return this form to their Undergraduate Advisor for completion. The student should forward the completed JUMP iCAP Exception Form to the CSA JUMP Coordinator so that CSA can maintain a copy.

Student Seeks Registration in CSA Courses

Upon receipt of the form, the student should email the instructor of the graduate course with Subject Line: "JUMP Registration for CNS [123]." The Statement of Intent should be attached; with the following email: I am CSA JUMP Student (800#) and would like to register for CNS 123:123. My undergraduate advisor and the CSA JUMP Coordinator have approved the course. Questions related to registering/dropping from courses and/or the JUMP should be directed to the CSA Office Coordinator. 

Submit Application Graduate School

Upon eligibility, the student applies for admission to the WKU Graduate School and informs CSA JUMP Coordinator upon doing so.

Program Coordinators

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

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

Scholarship Opportunities & Financial Support

WKU offers generous scholarships that may help you further reduce the cost of the Hilltopper experience.

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1906 College Heights Blvd. #51031,
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1030
(270) 745-4953

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 Last Modified 4/27/22