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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the WFU Masters in Counseling program nationally ranked?
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 the Masters in Counseling online program.
Do you allow students to attend the Reynolda campus counseling program on a part-time basis?
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 to part-time Online Campus students.
Students may not change delivery methods for courses.
May I take a course or two before I am accepted?
Unfortunately not. Due to limitations imposed by teaching loads, size of facilities and the cohort nature of the programs, enrollment in our courses is limited to students who have completed the regular admissions process for either a part-time, online program, or a full-time, Reynolda Campus program.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 semester?
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. The prospective student is also encouraged to investigate the profession of counseling through research or by volunteering in helping organizations or schools.
Is the GRE required?
Yes, the Graduate School of Wake Forest University requires the GRE for consideration for admittance for all graduate programs. Prospective students who already hold an advanced degree (Masters or higher) may petition the Online Program Director for a GRE waiver. Please see the Graduate School’s website for more information about testing requirements, test codes for submitting official scores, and more.
Do the graduate programs require a minimum GRE or GPA?
We have no rigid cut off scores. The average GRE score for students admitted this past fall was 320+ on verbal and quantitative combined. The average grade point average (GPA) was 3.4+. Note the word “average.” Acceptance is based on a combination of criteria, including grade point average, GRE scores, recommendations, work or volunteer experience in the human services field, professional commitment, suitability for the profession, and an interview. GPA and GRE scores are used primarily to decide which candidates to contact for an interview.
More information about the GRE Exam is available on the ETS webpage.
How will the field experiences work?
All Counseling students (Reynolda Campus and Online Campus) will be required to complete a 165-hour practicum and a 600-hour internship. Those experiences will be in schools or mental health agencies that have been screened by the Department of Counseling. All students will have the same course requirements and will receive supervision from both site and faculty supervisors.
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.
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.
Are residencies required for online students?
Online Counseling students will be required to complete two three-day residency experiences (Thursday evening – Sunday afternoon) on the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These face-to-face sessions with students will allow faculty to engage in competency and readiness evaluations as well as to plan and evaluate field experience arrangements. Students will also complete the experiential group requirements of CACREP at 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?
All internships required for the completion of the counseling degree program must be performed 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 information, please see the Graduate School Prospective Student Webpage or contact the WFU Office of Financial Aid.
I am currently attending another counseling Masters program and am moving to the Winston-Salem area. Do you accept transfers?
No, we have no provision in the program for transfer students. One option is to apply to the program for entry the following fall. If you were accepted, you could petition the faculty to transfer up to six credits. It is unlikely that you could complete the rest of the program in less than two years due to the fixed order of course offerings. Another option is to apply to the online program, which also may accept up to six credit hours toward program requirements, for the following fall, spring, or summer semester cohort start.
Is the application for the MA Counseling program entirely online?
Yes, applicants are able to 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.
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.