Admission to the Graduate Counseling Program

We utilize the Holistic Sociocultural Inquiry Admissions Model (e.g., Boske et al., 2018), also known as a full admissions review process, as our guiding framework for both campus and online programs. This model allows us to support equity and inclusion by offering prospective students multiple avenues to demonstrate their strengths and experiences.  

Thus, admissions decisions are based on consideration of a constellation of criteria, including: personal statement, undergraduate transcript(s), graduate transcript (when applicable), professional recommendations, Curriculum Vitae (CV), professional and/or volunteer experiences. Prospective students are not required to have a specific undergraduate major or minor. We do not require the submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.  

Applicants being considered for online admission are required to participate in a recorded personal interview. These interviews are facilitated remotely using a video-conferencing platform.

The successful completion of a criminal background check will be required as a condition of acceptance.

Admission to candidacy and continuance in the program are contingent on success in academic courses, consistent demonstration of professional behaviors and dispositions, and on personal, ethical, and other performance related considerations.

Admissions Timetable

On campus–To be considered for our full-time, Reynolda campus program, a complete application with all required materials must be submitted by January 15th. All application materials are submitted directly to the Graduate School Office. Applicants can expect to receive notification of admission decisions by the mid-April.

Online–Applications to the online program are accepted on a rolling admissions schedule for the fall, spring and summer cohorts. Applicants can expect to receive notification of an admission decision approximately two weeks following receipt of a completed application, which includes a recorded personal interview.

Criminal Background Check

Acceptance to the program will be contingent on the successful completion of a criminal background check. The background check is standardized and mandatory for all students. Any student who has a criminal offense documented through this procedure will have to address this on a case-by-case basis with the Program Director and Department Chair. Areas of concern may include, but are not limited to, felony convictions, especially those involving harm to others, theft or fraud convictions, and patterns of misdemeanors other than moving traffic violations.

For application materials for the full-time, Reynolda Campus  or the part-time online program, please complete the application posted on the Graduate School website.

The Graduate School Office
Wake Forest University
Box 7487
Winston-Salem, NC 27109(336) 758-5301 or 1-800-257-3166