Counselor Education Admission Information

Admissions to the Counselor Education concentrations is based on the following schedule. Please note that interview dates are subject to minor adjustment, based on faculty availability.

The M.A. Counseling program is only accepting students into our full time programs. Thus, all students are expected to take a full course load (approximately 9 credit hours per semester) during Fall, Winter, and Spring/Summer semesters.

Admission to Start Fall Semester

  • Application deadline: March 1st
  • Interviews: March 10th – March 28th
  • Admission targets:
    • Approximately 8 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students.
    • Approximately 8 School Counseling students.
    • Approximately 8 combined Clinical Mental Health + School Counseling students.

Admission to Start Winter Semester

  • Application deadline: September 1st
  • Interviews: March 10th – March 28th
  • Admission targets:
    • Approximately 8 Clinical Mental Health Counseling students.
    • Approximately 8 School Counseling students.
    • Approximately 8 combined Clinical Mental Health + School Counseling students.

Admission to Start Spring/Summer Semester

  • Application deadline: January 15th
  • Interviews: January 10th – January 28th
  • Admission targets:
    • Approximately 8-16 Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling students.
    • Approximately 8-16 School Counseling and/or combined School and Coummunity Counseling students.

Doctoral Program Admissions

  • As we are restructuring our doctoral curriculum, we are not currently accepting doctoral applicants.
  • We hope to resume doctoral admissions for students beginning Fall of 2021

Master's Degree Application Instructions and Requirements

Applicants for the CMHC, SC CRC, and combined CMHC + SC programs must submit the following application materials:

  • The Wayne State University Graduate Admissions Application.
  • A written statement detailing the applicant's personal and professional history as well as their future career goals and reasons for seeking admission.
  • Two blind recommendation letters, ideally from sources familiar with the applicant's academic work.
  • Undergraduate transcripts
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA greater than or equal to 2.75 will be considered for regular admission.
    • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 will be considered for provisional admission.
  • Applicants to the Art Therapy specialization are required to submit a portfolio.

After initial screening, qualified applicants will be invited to on campus small group interviews with Counselor Education Faculty members. At this time, applicants will also be required to provide an additional written response to a prompt.

Admission decisions are based on (1) relevance of career goals, (2) aptitude for graduate-level study, (3) potential to successfully form counseling relationships, and (4) respect for cultural differences. Additionally, admissions during a given semester are contingent on having a sufficient number of students to form a cohort. The program reserves the right to defer applicants' admissions to a subsequent semester.

Rehabilitation Counseling and Community Inclusion Program

Rehabilitation Counselors to work with individuals with severe disabilities regardless of culture, ethnicity, and gender in an urban setting.

The program offers a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, which reflects current trends in the practice of rehabilitation counseling, including, disability and personal adjustment counseling, career counseling, psychosocial and vocational assessment, job development and placement, supported employment, and the support of individuals with disabilities.  The rehabilitation counseling program is consistent with the professional needs of the state-federal rehabilitation program, as well as the public and private rehabilitation agencies and facilities. The program consists of a combination of course work, field placement, practicum, and internship experiences. These provide students with the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to assist in the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities to help them achieve the highest level of functioning consistent with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.

In keeping with Wayne State's commitment to urban education and practice, the Rehabilitation Counseling Program's objectives reflect our urban and multi-cultural themes.  The program provides an educational experience that is designed to help students acquire knowledge; skills and understandings needed to become committed and competent to help persons with disabilities participate in and contribute to the quality of life in a complex, changing urban society.

In response to the mandates established for rehabilitation programs, Wayne State University Rehabilitation Counseling program has been established as an interdisciplinary, competency-based approach to the training of rehabilitation counselors.  The rehabilitation counseling program maintains relationships with community settings (i.e., state rehabilitation agencies, community agencies, hospitals, institutions, etc.) where working students can complete the clinical portions of their programs while fulfilling employment obligations elsewhere.