Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the WFU Masters in Counseling program nationally ranked?

    The Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University upholds the highest standards of the profession. While it is not eligible for consideration in the national rankings of counseling programs because it is not a doctoral level program, it is widely regarded as one of the best master’s degree programs in the nation. Evidence to support that claim is multifaceted and includes accreditation decisions, awards received, faculty leadership positions, caliber of students, pass rate and scores on national licensing exams, reputation of graduates with employers and doctoral programs, and testimonials from other counselor educators.

  • What is the difference between the full time, on-campus program and the part-time, online program?

    The face-to-face and the online curricula are identical. The major differences are delivery methods (face-to-face v. online) and the time needed to complete the program. The on-campus program is designed for full-time students only and can be completed in two years,  while the online program is designed for part-time students only and can be completed in three years. Learn more about our graduate programs.

  • Do you allow students to attend the Reynolda campus counseling program on a part-time basis?

    No. The Counseling Program at Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus is structured for full-time, Reynolda Campus students only. An average of fifteen full-time students are accepted each year.

    The Online Counseling Program at Wake Forest University is designed for part-time students, and admits students to begin courses three times a year. Cohorts begin in each academic semester–fall, spring, and summer.

  • When and where are classes held? Any night or weekend classes? Are any classes offered online?

    The full-time, Reynolda Campus program offers face-to-face courses on the Reynolda campus of Wake Forest University Monday through Friday.

    The Online Program offers courses online to part-time Online Campus students. Our online content courses are predominantly asynchronous with optional synchronous components (live interaction with instructors via video-conferencing) while our clinical courses include regularly scheduled required synchronous sessions.

    Students may not change delivery methods for courses.

  • May I take a course or two before I am accepted?

    No. Our graduate courses are limited to students who have completed the regular admissions process and have been admitted to one of our graduate programs.

  • I already have a degree in counseling. May I take a course or two and use it to complete my application for licensure in my state?

    Yes, we allow students to take up to 6 credits as a non-degree or non-matriculating student, in our online program only.  Please contact Louise Schatz at for additional information on how to register.

  • How does the admissions process work for the on-campus and online programs?

    Our on-campus counseling program admits students once a year in the fall semester, with an application deadline of January 15th for the upcoming Fall semester.

    Admissions to the online counseling program happen three times a year–every fall, spring, and summer semester. 

    Please check the Graduate School website for the most up-to-date application deadlines.

    Details of the admissions process for both delivery methods of the Counseling Program may be found in the admissions section of our website. You may apply to our programs here, through the Wake Forest University Graduate School.

  • Could I begin the on-campus program in the Spring or Summer semesters?

    No, students can only begin the full time Reynolda Campus counseling program in the fall. Classes are arranged in a logical developmental order and offered certain semesters only. Students in the online counseling programs can begin in the fall, spring, or summer term.

  • Are there any prerequisites? Do I need to be a psychology major?

    No. Helping professions attract a diverse group with backgrounds in different disciplines including, but not limited to, psychology. We encourage prospective students to investigate the profession of counseling through activities including but not limited to supporting related research or by volunteering in helping organizations or schools.

  • Is the GRE required?

    No, the Graduate School of Wake Forest University does not require the GRE for consideration for admittance.

  • Does your graduate program have a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement?

    The Graduate School states “whatever your previous academic training may have been, all applicants should have superior records. This requirement in usually interpreted as at least a B (3.0 GPA or greater) average or standing in the upper quarter of the class, or both.”

    While our accepted students typically demonstrate strong undergraduate records, including cumulative grade point averages (GPA) we do not hold a rigid cut-off. Rather than looking solely at the cumulative GPA, we conduct a review of transcript(s) to consider the prospective students’ academic achievements with regard to courses taken, major/minor, institution attended, and other contextual factors.

  • How will the field experiences work?


    All of our counseling students (On campus and Online) are required to complete a 165-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. Depending on which track the student chooses, the clinical experiences will be either in schools or clinical mental health sites. All sites must be screened and approved by the Department of Counseling. Students will receive clinical supervision from both site and University supervisors.

  • What is the typical course sequence and how long does the program take?


    The full-time counseling program sequence is two years, beginning in the fall semester and ending after the spring semester of the second year. The part-time online counseling program sequence is three years beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

    Sequence of Courses:  Full time Reynolda Campus

    Sequence of Courses: online 

  • Is summer school required?

    Yes, students in the Reynolda Campus Counseling program must attend the first session of summer school between the two years.

    Online Counseling students take classes year-round, including summers.

  • What is a residency, and are residencies required for online students?

    Online Counseling students are required to complete two in-person, three-day residency experiences (Thursday evening  – Sunday afternoon) on the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These on-campus sessions will allow students to connect with one another in-person, and give faculty opportunities to conduct student competency and readiness evaluations, as well as to plan and evaluate field experience arrangements. Students also complete the experiential group requirements of CACREP during this time. A third residency may be required for Counseling Students on an as-needed basis, pending student performance evaluations.

    Read more about the residency experiences for Online Campus students here.

  • I live outside the United States. Can I apply to the online counseling program?

    While we welcome international students, all clinical experiences required for the counseling program must be completed in the United States.  As a result, the University is unable to offer its online counseling programs to students who are ineligible for or unable to participate in U.S.-based internships.

  • What scholarships are available to on-campus and online counseling students?

    An average of fifteen applicants are selected to enter the full-time, Reynolda Campus counseling program each year. All of those selected will be awarded partial tuition scholarships that cover approximately 80% of the tuition cost.

    As part-time students, online students are not eligible for tuition scholarships from Wake Forest University, however the financial aid office will help students navigate application and secure outside loans and scholarships.

    For more scholarship opportunities and financial aid information, please visit our departmental Financial Aid page, as well as the Graduate School Prospective Student Webpage, and contact the WFU Office of Financial Aid.

  • I am currently attending another counseling Masters program. Do you accept transfers?

    While we do not accept transfer students, in some cases we may allow students to transfer up to six credits. To pursue this option, apply to the program. If you are accepted, you could petition the faculty to transfer up to six credits. These requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to evaluate if the courses requested for transfer credit are appropriate for transfer, sufficiently comparable to our corresponding course, and that the student demonstrated successful completion of the course (earned a B or higher).

    For on-campus students, even with six transfer credits, it is unlikely that you could complete the rest of the program in less than the typical course sequence timeline, due to the fixed order of course offerings.

  • Is the application for the MA Counseling program entirely online?

    Yes, prospective students complete their application through the Wake Forest University Graduate School webpage. Any supplemental hard-copy application materials are to be sent to the WFU Graduate School at:

    Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
    Wake Forest University
    200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 305
    Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101.

    Applicants who have participated in qualifying programs are eligible to have the application fee waived.  Applicants must have participated in the program within the last two years of their application date.

Counseling Podcasts

The Counseling Department produces a regular podcast series to highlight the research of its faculty, and to talk about various aspects of the Counseling program.  Take a listen to one episode below or visit our Podcast page to hear more.