The following outlines the requirements and process for applying to the program. It is a competitive process. If you want more information, please check for upcoming informational webinars.
- A baccalaureate degree with course work in appropriate areas; Transcripts required from all educational programs attended prior to applying for this program.
- An undergraduate GPA of 2.8 (students with a lower average but exceptional credentials may be admitted provisionally); students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.5 cannot be admitted.
- Graduate Record Exam or Millers Analogy Test scores with a writing sample that is included in our supplemental Application.
- Three letters of reference; The Graduate School Application process includes forms that are emailed to your references
- Completed Application for Graduate Admission to WVU.
Supplemental Program Application form.
Note: Please DO NOT attach the supplemental program application form to the WVU Application for Graduate Admission. This form should be e-mailed directly to the program office at Donna.Staggs@mail.wvu.edu or faxed to 304-293-4082.
The initial screening of applicants is based upon this information. Previous work or experience with people with disabilities is considered in our selection process. The applicant is then interviewed by faculty member(s). The final admission decision is based on both the requirements and the interview.
It is essential that you ensure all your application material is in by the deadline. We cannot offer admission to anyone whose application is incomplete. We strongly suggest you start the application process well in advance.
We use equitable admissions policies and procedures. Different admissions criteria and measurement mechanisms are applied equally to all applicants. We have two categories of criteria by which we determine admissions to the program:
- Academic Readiness: Does the applicant have the academic background and skills to succeed in our graduate program? For example: Psychology major or substantial related coursework, adequate UPGA, strong GRE or MAT scores, quality of personal statements (essays). Note: Please TYPE your personal statement. We evaluate the statements based on depth of critical thinking, exploration of personal commitments, etc.
- Professional Readiness: Does the applicant have sufficient knowledge of and
experience with adults, people with disabilities, etc. to predict professional
commitment & development? For example: Relevant experience, especially with
underserved populations; familiarity with the profession; interpersonal skills
Once a person is offered admission, the program has start up requirements. These are designed to give you a chance to check in on your knowledge and skills related to elements of your educational experiences in the areas of academic writing, plagiarism, and other related items. They are as follows:
- Online plagiarism training and exam (no cost)
- Review of Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition and test of knowledge (manual estimated cost $18 and test no cost)
- Writing skill development resources (optional)
The program has a self-care component for students, an important training for future counselors. Throughout the program, students receive suggestions and resources for self-care, starting with the only item that is required and has an associated expense - VIA Character Strengths Survey ($40). This is taken prior to attending the first intensive week.
Application deadline is March 15.
Applicants will not be interviewed unless they are scheduled to take the GRE or MAT examination.
NOTE: Students must withdraw from WVU by specific dates to receive tuition refunds. For more information, please check with the WVU Office of Student Accounts.
For questions, please contact:
Program Assistant II
Office: 504-G Allen Hall