Application Requirements | Limited-Residency Master of Science
Personal Essay: This essay will allow the admissions committee to assess your academic writing skills to succeed in an academically rigorous graduate level program. We understand current and previous academic preparation, professional work experience, and personal life experience often informs a student’s decision to aspire to enroll into a graduate program. Therefore, in order for us to gain a better understanding of your personal and professional motivations and readiness for applying, we ask you to submit a clear, concise essay of three to four pages, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins, in 12-point Times New Roman font, that adheres to APA format and responds to the following essential aspects, in four distinct, individually-titled portions.
What does it mean to you to be a professional counselor?
What do you think the most challenging aspect of being a professional counselor will be, and how will you address this?
Describe your readiness to thrive in a graduate level program that will often require that you work independently in a self-directed manner.
What strengths, resources, and/or supports will you draw upon to be successful with your program of study? Please include any challenges you foresee and how you will address them.
Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Letters should come from individuals who know you and are qualified to evaluate your academic competence, character and/or experience in professional or leadership roles. Professors, supervisors, and employers are often the best sources. References from a current personal therapist, family members, or friends are not accepted. Letters can be submitted via email through the online application process or may be emailed to email@example.com directly by the recommender and from the recommender’s email address.