Counseling Graduate Admissions

In addition to being accepted into the UNT Toulouse Graduate School, there are separate procedures for Master's and Doctoral program applicants.

Counseling courses at both the Master's and Doctoral level require attendance.  They are not available online.

Please note: Admission to UNT's Toulouse Graduate School does not guarantee admission to the Counseling Program.

Master's Program Admission Process

Doctoral Program Admission Process

Master's Program Admission

Program Application Deadlines:

March 15th (for admission to the following Fall semester)
October 15th (for admission to the following Spring semester)

All application materials at both the Toulouse Graduate School and the program office must be complete by 5:00 p.m. on the day of the deadline or your application will not be considered for admission.

Click here for an exhaustive list of requirements.

Procedures for applying to the Counseling Master's Program are as follows:

I. Submission of the following application packet:

1. Completed Application for Admission to the Master's Program in Counseling

2. Three completed Reference Evaluation Forms

These forms should be completed by a current or recent employer, a current or recent professor, and one other individual who is professionally acquainted with the applicant's work.

Completed reference/evaluation forms should be returned to the applicant in a sealed, signed envelope as per instructions on the reference form. No references will be accepted that are not submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the flap.  References from professors, employers, and supervisors are weighted slightly higher than those from others.

3.  A one page typewritten writing sample addressing the following: 

a) Your aspirations related to the field of counseling;
b) One or more significant life events that contributed to the development of these aspirations;
c) The single greatest personal asset that will serve you in realizing your aspirations;
d) The one personal characteristic or quality that you most need to modify, improve, or change in order to realize these aspirations;
e) Activities demonstrating your commitment to the field of counseling;
f) Evidence if you have fluency in both English and another language; and
g) (optional) Any other information that you think would be helpful in evaluating your potential for success in the program and as a counselor.
* You may change the line spacing, margins, and font but do not exceed one page.

* Writing samples that exceed one page will not be considered.

Return the complete application packet in one large envelope to the Counseling Program.

Your application packet should include:

1) Program application

2) One-page Writing Sample (per instructions above)

3) Three Reference Evaluation forms--each in a separate, sealed envelope with a signature across the back of the envelope (per instructions on the form)

You are responsible for ensuring the application packet reaches the program office by the application deadline.  You may choose to mail your application packet as identified below or deliver it in person to the Counseling Program Office in Welch Complex 2 at 425 S. Welch St.  Applications at both the Grad School and Program office must be completed and filed by 5:00 p.m. the day of the deadline, or the application will not be considered for admission.

 

If mailing by FedEx, DHL, or UPS

UNT Counseling Program
425 S. Welch St-Welch Complex 2
Denton, TX 76203-5017

 

 

If mailing by Postal Service

UNT Counseling Program
1155 Union Circle #310829
Denton, TX 76203-5017
 

II. Orientation and Interview:

Applicants invited to the orientation and interview who live within a 150-mile radius of Denton are required to attend an orientation and group interview held on a Friday soon after the application deadline. You must contact the Counseling Program Advisor upon receiving the invitation and confirm your intention to attend. Persons needing ADA assistance should so indicate at that time.

Applicants invited to the interview who live further than 150 miles from Denton are encouraged (but not required) to attend the orientation and interview. Applicants opting not to attend must submit the following:

1. Submit to the Counseling Program office by the interview date a DVD or YouTube link in which the applicant responds orally to the "Writing Sample" information-[see items 3(a)-(e) above]. The DVD recording should not exceed ten minutes in length. DO NOT READ THE WRITING SAMPLE FROM YOUR APPLICATION or any other pre-written document or script. Instead speak extemporaneously in response to each question (a)-(g).

2. View the orientation video that introduces the Counseling Program, facilities, and faculty.

Following the orientation and interview, you will receive a letter granting or denying provisional admission to the Graduate Program in Counseling. Students granted provisional admission should contact the Counseling Program office for advising prior to class registration.

III. Criminal History Background Check

Individuals selected to proceed beyond orientation and interviews will be granted provisional admission pending receipt of a satisfactory Criminal History Background Check by a date indicated on the admissions letter.  Policy and procedures for completing this review are located on the resources page of this website.  Students who have not been granted provisional admission will be administratively dropped from Counseling Program courses. 

Note:

For information, or to confirm your invitation, contact the Counseling Program:

Counseling Program
1155 Union Circle #310829
University of North Texas
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Rita.Hay@unt.edu

Phone: 940-565-2910
Fax: 940-565-2905
TDD: 800-735-2989 Counseling Programs

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Doctoral Program Admission

 

Program Application Deadline: November 30th of the year prior to starting as a cohort the following summer semester. (For example, deadline of November 30, 2014 for starting in Summer 2015)

A Master's Degree in Counseling is required to apply to the Doctoral Counseling Program.

Applicants must demonstrate exceptional potential for success in, and for contribution to, the field of counseling through outstanding quality of criteria described below.

1. Completed Application for Admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling

          *Doctoral Specialty Areas

2. Three completed Doctoral Degree Applicant Reference  Evaluation Forms

These forms should be completed by a current or recent employer, a current or recent professor, and one other individual who is professionally acquainted with the applicant's work. Completed reference forms should be returned to the applicant sealed and signed by the reference provider.

3. Personal Resume/Curriculum Vitae

4. Statement of Purpose

The statement should address aspirations in the counseling profession, evidence of professional experience and creative endeavors that demonstrate a commitment to the counseling profession, and evidence if fluent in both English and another language.

5. Video demonstration of counseling skills (submitted on DVD or flashdrive) plus theoretical orientation essay

This recording should be of a recent individual adult session of approximately 30 minutes in length. This demonstration should be an accurate representation of the applicant's counseling skills. Applicants have three options for completing the skill demonstration: 1) role-play video with volunteer "client," 2) video of an actual counseling session (client permission must accompany video), or 3) contact the Counseling Program Advisor to request permission to record a mock session at UNT with a volunteer doctoral student in advance of the application deadline.

Along with the video, submit a brief (less than 1 page) theoretical orientation essay describing the theory used in the video session.

6. Doctoral Admissions Exam Application

7. Doctoral Assistantship Application Form (optional--if you choose to apply for assistantship)

8. CACREP equivalency worksheet (only if your master's program was not CACREP-accredited)

Note that it is to your advantage to complete and submit EARLY the CACREP Equivalency Worksheet + unofficial transcripts.  Once the Counseling Faculty review the worksheet in light of your transcripts, then you will be notified if you are eligible to pursue a doctoral degree in Counseling at UNT.  If so, then you would need to complete the other admission requirements (i.e. applying to Grad School + submitting all other Program Application materials as listed above). 

Your application packet should include the following items:

1) Program Application

2) Three Reference Evaluation forms--each in a separate, sealed envelope with a signature across the back of the envelope (per instructions on  the form)

3) Personal resume/curriculum vitae

4) Statement of Purpose

5) Video and Theoretical Orientation essay

6) Doctoral Admissions Exam application

7) Doctoral Assistantship Application form (optional)

8) CACREP Equivalency Worksheet 

You are responsible for ensuring the application packet reaches the program office by the November 30th application deadline.  You may choose to mail your application packet as identified below or deliver it in person to the Counseling Program Office in Welch Complex 2, at 425 S. Welch Street.  If a complete application packet is not received by the deadline, the applicant may not proceed to the written exam or oral examination interview. 

If mailing by FedEx, DHL, or UPS

UNT Counseling Program
425 S. Welch St.-Welch Complex 2
Denton, TX 76203

 

If mailing by Postal Service

UNT Counseling Program
1155 Union Circle #310829
Denton, TX 76203-5017
 

Written and Oral Examination Interviews:

The Counseling Program will extend invitations for examination interviews sometime in December. Applicants receiving invitations will participate in written and oral examination interviews in mid-to-late January.

1. The written portion of the Doctoral Admission Exam is ordinarily held the first Friday morning of the Spring semester from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. The Counseling Program will provide the exact date. The examination will be geared toward the body of counseling knowledge that we expect a master's degree holder to possess. A minimum score of B is required on the written interview section of the examination.

Distance consideration: Applicants are encouraged to take the written examination at UNT. However, applicants living far from Denton may apply to take the written portion remotely with an approved proctor. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis. Contact the chair of the Doctoral Admissions Committee through the Counseling Program office for distance consideration.

To study for the written exam:

a) Review the major counseling theories. Know the distinguishing characteristics of each theory. Be familiar with the perspective of each theory regarding the nature of humans, the development of normal and abnormal behavior, and the change process in the counseling of individuals and groups. Be prepared to cite sources from the professional literature to support your answers.
b) Be familiar with the profession of counseling as reflected in the professional organizations and ethical requirements.
c) Be prepared to provide an appropriate counseling response with rationale when presented with a clinical vignette.

2. Applicants will attend an oral exam consisting of one individual and one group interview to be held the same day as the written exam. This portion requires no specific preparation on the part of the applicant. A minimum score of B is required on the oral interview section of the examination.

Distance consideration: Applicants who live quite far from Denton may request a telephone conference interview in lieu of the in-person, on-campus Denton interviews. Permission is granted on a case-by-case basis; contact the chair of the Doctoral Admissions Committee through the Counseling Program office. Those applicants opting for the telephone interview must submit prior to the telephone interview a videotape of the applicant responding to a list of questions provided by the Doctoral Admissions Committee Chair.

Following the orientation and interview, you will receive a letter granting or denying provisional admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling. Students granted provisional admission should contact the Counseling Program office for advising prior to class registration.

Students who have not been granted provisional admission will be administratively dropped from counseling program courses in which they enroll.

Provisional Admission

Individuals selected to proceed beyond written and oral examination interviews will be assigned a temporary advisor and granted provisional admission pending receipt of a satisfactory Criminal History Background Check by a date indicated on the admissions letter.  Policy and procedures for completing this review are located on the resources page of this website.  At this point, admitted applicants may apply for program and university scholarships. Students who have not been granted provisional admission will be administratively dropped from counseling program courses in which they enroll.

Admission to the counseling doctoral program is provisional until the student's progress is evaluated by the Counseling Program faculty upon completion of the first year of core counseling courses.  

The student's progress is evaluated on the basis of the demonstration of academic performance, professional development, and personal development required for success as a professional counselor and counselor educator. A grade of "B" or better is required in each core counseling course. In May of each academic year, the faculty will review each provisional doctoral student's record.

After the progress review, the counseling faculty will recommend that the student continue with or without provisions, or will withdraw from the program. Upon faculty vote on final admission, each doctoral student will receive a written letter of acknowledgement regarding their status as fully admitted, conditionally admitted, or withdrawn.

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