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Applying for Admission

Individuals interested in pursuing the graduate program in School Counseling, Counseling Psychology or Mental Health must qualify for admission to the Graduate School. The following material must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:

  1. Completed Graduate Application Form with the non-refundable application fee.
  2. Submission of three letters of recommendation. At least two letters of recommendation must come from professors, the other from an employer/supervisor. Recommendation forms may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  3. Submission of a personal statement. The personal statement must be a typewritten statement not to exceed three single-spaced pages in which the following points are addressed:
    1. Background information: Family, education, and work.
    2. Goals: What do you expect to be doing in five years? In ten years?
    3. Strengths: What strengths do you have that would contribute to your being a good counselor?
    4. Change: What do you believe to be the facets of your personality, behavior, and/or outlook that, if modified or changed, would make you a better person/counselor? What plans, if any, do you have for making any such change(s)?
    5. Why Bowie State University? Why did you decide to apply to the counseling program at BSU?
    6. Your comments: What additional information, thoughts, feelings, concerns, and/or questions do you have?
  4. Applicants may also need to have an interview as part of the application process.
  5. Students must have a 2.75 grade point average for the Counseling Psychology and School Counseling Programs and a 3.0 grade point average for the Mental Health Counseling Program.
  6. Students must have an undergraduate degree, preferably in the following fields: psychology, counseling, human development, or a closely related field. Students who do not have a degree in one of the relevant fields will be required to take undergraduate prerequisites.

Students interested in the graduate program in school psychology must meet these admission requirements. Applicants are only admitted once a year during the fall semester. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Proof of completion of at least 15 undergraduate credits in psychology (grade of C or better).
  3. Proof of an overall GPA of at least 3.0
  4. Three letters of recommendation
  5. A statement of interest including background information, goals, strengths, and reasons for pursuing graduate studies in this program.
  6. Applicants will be interviewed by an admissions committee comprised of program faculty prior to acceptance into the program.