Admissions Overview

Admission to the Graduate Counseling Program

Admissions decisions are based on consideration of a combination of criteria: college grade-point average, Graduate Record Examination scores, recommendations, professional commitment, work or volunteer experience in the human services field, and suitability for the profession. Candidates for the counseling and human services programs are not required to have a specific undergraduate major or minor. Applicants being considered for admission are required to have a personal interview with program faculty. The successful completion of a criminal background check will be required as a condition of acceptance. Continuance in the program and admission to candidacy are based on success in academic courses and on personal, ethical, and performance considerations.

Admissions Time Table

The deadline for completed applications for the full-time, Reynolda Campus program is January 15th. All application materials are submitted directly to the Graduate School Office. Applicants can expect to receive notification of admission decisions by the middle of April.

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.

The Personal Interview

Based on the material contained in his or her application, an applicant to the full-time, Reynolda Campus program may be invited to campus for a personal interview. If invited, applicants must arrange to appear in person. Telephone interviews are not scheduled.

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 

For additional information, please listen to the podcasts listed below:

Full time on campus Graduate Counseling Program Admissions FAQs with Dr. Tammy Cashwell.

Online Graduate Counseling Admissions FAQs with Mary Katherine Newsome.