The Admissions Office in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development handles the various duties associated with admissions to the Department’s programs. It is staffed by students in the program whose sole purpose is to facilitate the admissions process of prospective students. They conduct informal question and answer sessions, give tours of the program facilities, introduce applicants to professors, and handle all requests related to program admissions. To schedule an appointment or tour, contact the Admissions Office at the following address.
Department of Counseling and Educational Development
School of Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
228 Curry Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
A map of UNCG is available for those who are interested in visiting the campus or obtaining admissions information or materials in person.
The Admissions Process
The deadline to apply for the Doctoral program is November 1st
The deadline to apply for the Master’s program is December 1st.
Each year, cohorts of new students (i.e., doctoral students and master’s or master’s/educational specialist students) are recommended for admission into the counseling program by an Admissions Committee made up of program faculty. Admission is for fall semester only. Criteria for selection include GRE scores; undergraduate, and, if applicable, graduate grade point average; three references (at least one academic reference); work and volunteer experience; research background; and professional goals presented in a personal/professional statement. All students must submit GRE scores from a test taken within the last five years. This is a Graduate School requirement and cannot be waived for any reason. In regards to the personal statement, this essay is generally 2-3 pages in which students provide information regarding their reasons for pursuing the counseling profession, any relevant experience, personal career goals, and why UNCG would be a good fit for their educational aspirations. This essay is an important opportunity to allow the admissions committee to “get to know you.”
We are now implementing a completely electronic application process. To apply follow these steps:
- Go to http://www.uncg.edu/grs/
- Click on “Prospective Students”
- Click on “apply online” and follow the instructions to create an account
All applicants should include the following as attachments to their online application:
Supplemental Documents A: Personal Statement
Note: In regards to the personal statement, this essay is generally 2-3 pages in which students provide information regarding their reasons for pursuing the counseling profession, any relevant experience, personal career goals, and why UNCG would be a good fit for their educational aspirations.
Supplemental Documents B: Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Supplemental Documents C: Not Required
Completed doctoral applications must be received at the Graduate School by November 1.
Completed master’s applications (MS, MS/EdS) must be received at the Graduate School by December 1.
Applications that are not complete by the respective deadlines are not reviewed. Contact the Graduate School to determine all required information has been received there.
The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications after the deadline for submission has past. Selected applicants will be invited to campus to participate in an interview and orientation in January or February. Participation in the interview process is mandatory for selected students; however, international students may interview via Skype if travel is cost-prohibitive.
Applicants are notified of their admission status usually within two weeks after all interviews are completed; typically, students receive notification no later than April 15.
All applicants are encouraged to file their applications as early as possible so that they may be considered for a competitive University or School of Education award. The University-wide awards competition, conducted by the Graduate School, is based on exceptional scholarship. Examples of these awards include Excellence Fund Fellowships and Greensboro Graduate Scholar Awards. Of our current students, 4 have received Excellence Fund Fellowships and 12 have received a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award. School of Education awards include the Marian Pope Franklin Scholarship; school counseling students from North Carolina are eligible for the award. Nominations for these awards are completed by Departmental faculty members. No further action is needed on your part.
A variety of financial aid is available to students. All admitted students may apply for graduate assistantships. Once admitted, students are sent an Assistantship Application Form. Those who return completed applications are considered for assistantships within the Department and throughout the University. Students needing other financial aid should complete the forms obtained through the Financial Aid Office. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.334.5702, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate assistantships require full-time enrollment. After arriving on campus, students who are diligent in their search for an assistantship are usually successful. Students are free to investigate assistantships in any department or office at UNCG; openings are listed in the Student Employment Office. Stipends for graduate assistantships (20 hours per week) in CED range upward from $7,000 for the academic year. Doctoral students who receive appointments may be funded for up to three years, usually on a semester or yearly basis. Master’s level assistants may be funded for up to two years, usually on a semester or yearly basis. Reappointments to assistantships are contingent on a student’s satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assistantship responsibilities. Master’s, intermediate, and doctoral students appointed to Departmental assistantships provide valuable supportive functions for the program.
Students seeking graduate assistantships receive GA applications from the CED Admissions Office as soon as they are admitted to the program.
Fellowships and scholarships are awarded by the Graduate School to exceptionally qualified students who meet the particular requirements of the award. There also are scholarships available through the School of Education; students should watch for announcements concerning application deadlines for these awards. Tuition waivers are in limited supply, and thus are awarded for one-year only. The Department assists all out-of-state students in applying for in-state residency by the second year in the program.
Residence Hall Staff Positions
A limited number of residence hall staff positions are offered to qualified graduate students. Address inquiries to Director of Residence Life, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170,
Phone (336) 334-5636, hrl.uncg.edu.
Admissions Process Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I enroll in the counseling program at UNCG part-time?
We offer a full-time/day-time program at UNCG. Students are not admitted on a part-time basis and courses are generally offered between 9am and 5pm. The program adheres to the cohort model where students begin in the fall semester and progress in developmental sequence courses, practica, and internship requirements as a unit. The model is extremely effective for creating group cohesion and fostering a supportive learning environment.
2. What does an average week in the master’s program look like?
Along with coursework, students in the master’s program also are involved in practicum experiences, supervision, and clinical work .Students generally are on campus four to five days each week to fulfill their various program responsibilities. Each class is three hours long and meets one time per week. Most classes also have a practicum which generally involves an out-of-class, clinical application assignment. Finally, students meet with practicum supervisors at various times to process their experience in the practicum courses.
3. What is the difference between the M S. and the M.S./Eds?
We offer a dual degree program, the M. S./Eds, in which students can obtain a master’s degree as well as a “specialization in education” (Eds). The M. S./Eds program lasts two and a half years, while the M. S. which lasts two years, and requires the completion of additional courses. Students in any track may choose the M.S./Eds degree. Students who make this choice typically either 1) are seeking more depth and breadth in their preparation and/or 2) are seeking a dual track endorsement (i.e., meeting both school counseling and community counseling degree and licensure requirements).
4. Do I have to take the GRE in order to apply?
The GRE is a requirement for all UNCG graduate students. The Department requires general GRE scores from a test taken within the last five years. Visit www.takethegre.com to find a testing center near you.
5. Are the deadlines for admission flexible?
Due to the large volume of applications received each year, the deadlines are final. (November 1st for doctoral applicants and December 1st for master’s applicants).
6. Can I start the master’s or doctoral program in the spring?
Our program is very sequential and developmental. Each semester’s coursework assumes successful completion of the coursework in the previous semester(s). Thus, we admit one time each year for the master’s and doctoral program. Both begin in the fall semester and we do not admit students in the spring.
7. Can I take courses before I am admitted into the program?
Students can take counseling courses as a non-master’s student through the UNCG Visions program. This program is available for non-degree students who currently hold an undergraduate degree and are seeking graduate-level information in a particular area of study. There are 3 counseling courses offered to non-master’s students: women’s issues (CED 574), stress management (CED 574), and helping skills for non-majors (CED 610). If later admitted into the master’s program, Visions’ students potentially can transfer one of these courses as an elective, but it is not guaranteed. The CED 610 for non-majors, however, cannot substitute for CED 610 for majors (due to the different requirements) and cannot count as an elective or toward any other program requirement. The Visions program is designed to give potential applicants an inside look into the counseling field rather than a head-start in their graduate program. If you would like more information about the Visions program, including application information, please call the Graduate School at 336.334.5596.
8. Are there any classes I need to take before I can be accepted into the Master’s program?
No, there are no class prerequisites for admittance. However, in the spring of the first year, students take CED 612: Developmental Counseling. Before enrolling in this class, a student must have taken a human development class. Acceptable courses are those with titles such as lifespan development,child development, adolescent development, human development, and adult development. The course may be from psychology, human development and family studies, or a similar department, and can be taken at a 4-year college or university,community college, and online. Although applicants are not required to have taken this class before entering the program, it should be completed by January of the first year in the program. Do not hesitate to direct any specific questions to our admissions office at 336.334.3434.
9. Who is able to apply for the post master’s certificates?
The post master’s certificates are offered to individuals who have a master’s in counseling and would like additional coursework in another track. Applicants with counseling degrees from schools that are not CACREP-accredited may need to fulfill co-requisite course requirements. PMCs are generally completed in two to four semesters. PMCs are offered in the following specializations:
- School Counseling (at least 27 hours)
- Deadline: July 1st (Fall), November 1st (Spring), April 1st (Summer)
- Advanced School Counseling (12 hours)
- Deadline: December 1st
10. Who can apply for the post master’s certificate in advanced school counseling?
Applicants for the PMC in advanced school counseling (S level license) must have completed a 48 hour master’s program in school counseling, have an active M level license, and at least two years of school counseling experience. Courses for the advanced school counseling post master’s certificate are offered online, but students are required to come to campus two times each semester.
11. Can I apply to the PhD program if my master’s degree is in something other than counseling?
The doctoral program is built upon the equivalent of a CACREP master’s degree, so it is assumed that students already have a broad foundation and successful clinical experience in the field of counseling. On occasion, we do consider applicants who have a master’s degree in disciplines other than counseling (but closely related). These applicants, however, need to meet all internship, practica, and course requirements of the master’s in counseling. Otherwise; they have pre-or co-requisites beyond the requirements of the doctoral program.