Admission Requirements

Graduate admission to the program is based on the requirements of the Wayne State University Graduate School and the Counseling Psychology Program.

Academic Prerequisite

A minimum of 15 hours of psychology or a closely related field is required. It is suggested, but not required, that students have courses in the foundational areas of psychology, such as, normal or abnormal developmental psychology, personality, behavioral or social psychology. Canadian applicants desiring to practice in Canada must have completed their undergraduate degree in psychology.

Admission Components and Steps

Graduate Application

Go to to create a graduate application. Apply online only. When asked for the major, select "Counseling Psychology M.A." You are encouraged to contact Academic Services at (313) 577-1601 to ensure you have applied correctly and to have any concerns addressed. Once inside the application portal, please remember to read everything from the top to bottom of the page. There is much useful information and several links you will need. Your WSU email address can be activated using the link at the bottom of your online application. Please activate, immediately begin using, and regularly check this email for updates.

Graduate students in good standing with Wayne State University who want to change their majors should apply online as these two pages indicate. However, if you are a WSU student who is adding a second program, please contact LaSondra Dawn, Program Specialist (and Liaison between the College of Education and Graduate Admissions) in Academic Services, at (313) 577-1011 for further instructions.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts must be sent directly from all previously attended universities to Graduate Admissions. Have official transcripts sent directly from all previous universities to Wayne State University Office of Graduate Admissions at 5057 Woodward, Suite 6000, Detroit, MI 48202 (phone: 313-577-4723). Electronic transcripts will be accepted if they are delivered securely from the registrar of the issuing institution directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions - You must also upload copies (unofficial is fine for review purposes) of all of your transcripts with your online application.


Three letters of recommendation are required. We recommend that at least one or two of the letters be from faculty members. Three letters of recommendation are required. Your letters must be uploaded to your online application. You will need to submit the name and email address of the people providing your letters of recommendation on your online application.

Program Application

The Program Application is different from the Graduate Admission Application. It is specific to the program. The Program Application can be downloaded from It must be uploaded to your online application.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a critical part of your application. Instructions are provided within the online application. It must be uploaded to your online application.

Background Check

Once you are recommended for admission to the program, information will be sent to you concerning how to complete the criminal background check. The cost for this is $55.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required and can be scheduled through Evaluation and Testing Services, Wayne State University, 698 Student Center Building, Detroit, MI 48202, (313) 577-3400. The process of registering and receiving GRE results usually takes several weeks; therefore, applicants are encouraged to take the exam by December or January. When forwarding copies through a testing agency, you would specify the institution code 1898 and department code 3406. Results will be automatically added to your online application, but may take several weeks to appear. Be sure to have a copy sent to yourself! If your official scores are delayed for any reason, be sure to upload a copy of them to your online Graduate Admissions Application in the "Additional Documents" section. This will allow us to at least review your application and decide on an interview invitation while we wait for originals to appear in your online application.