College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Level I Admission Requirements for School Counseling

Level I Admission: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Level II Admission: Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Level I Admission: School Counseling

Level II Admission: School Counseling

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The first level of admission in the School Counseling program is Admission to Coursework (provisional admission). Students applying for Admission to Coursework are NOT automatically guaranteed admission to the program. Decisions for provisional admission are based on careful review of all admission material. Applicants who meet the admissions criteria are admitted provisionally.

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  • Submit to the UNI Admissions Office:
    1. Official transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate credit which will be forwarded to the department from the Admissions Office.

    2. Application for Graduate Admission 
      1. --Be sure to attach the $50.00 check to the application - not necessary for applicants who earned bachelor's degree from UNI.

    3. Intent to Apply Form (Please send in immediately.)

    4. Three (3) letters of recommendation (.pdf--can be filled out online and then printed out) from professionals who are familiar with your work or volunteer experience. You cannot use personal friends or relatives.

    5. Personal narrative

    6. Resume

    7. Writing Sample (e.g., course project, honors thesis)
      1. Your writing sample should written in some form of a writing style (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago).
      2. This paper should be a formal, typed document such as a research paper, literature review, or something closely resembling these documents.

             Admission materials being sent to the Graduate Program in Counseling should be addressed as such:

             Office of Admissions-Grad Admissions
             002 Gilchrist Hall
             Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0018                  

             OR send via email admissionsprocessing@uni.edu

NOTE: the GRE is NOT required.

The University of Northern Iowa requests this information for the purpose of considering your application. No persons outside the University are routinely provided this information, except in terms of directory information such as name and address. Release of any information is governed by Board of Regents rules and applicable state and federal statutes. Responses to items marked "optional" are optional; responses to all other items are required. If you fail to provide the required information, the University may elect not to act on the application.

Program Orientation

A pre-admission orientation meeting will be scheduled for all applicants prior to the semester in which they have applied for admission. As soon as the date has been selected, applicants will be notified and should plan to attend unless there is a significant extenuating circumstance. The purpose of this orientation is for applicants to meet the faculty, members of the Student Advisory Committee, and school and mental health professionals who work closely with the program. These people will discuss various aspects about the program, including what skills are needed to be successful in the field and how the UNI programs address these skill areas. In addition, applicants will have the opportunity to interact with other prospective students and participate in group building activities. Prospective students will also spend time with members of the Student Advisory Committee over lunch and will have an opportunity to tour campus and visit the site-based mental health and school counseling practicum centers.

If it is absolutely impossible to attend this meeting to learn important things about the program, arrangements will need to be made for those applicants who are accepted to attend an orientation during the first semester of the program.

Please note: It usually takes 4-5 weeks for all faculty to read all the materials and meet as a committee to make admission decisions. You will be notified by mail of the decision.

Following a review of the materials in the admission file (A-D), applicants who meet the admission criteria, including a 3.0 minimum grade point, good writing skills, strong letters of recommendation, and work/volunteer experience in the field will be provisionally admitted to the program and assigned an advisor. It is important for you to contact your advisor as soon as you have been admitted and work closely with him or her throughout your program to help with course scheduling, research paper and comprehensive exam requirements, and other pertinent information about the program.

Application Deadlines:

FALL ADMISSION: ALL materials must be submitted by February 2.

There is NO Spring or Summer admission.