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Graduate Counseling Programs FAQ

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The following are questions commonly asked about the Counseling Graduate programs.


How do I apply for admission into the Graduate Counseling Programs?

The entire application packet is available to you online.  Click on graduate applications to access the page. All required material can be completed via the application process, except the recommendation letters, cover letter, and resume.  You will submit these via email separately. Please view the FAQ/Recommendation letter submission question for full instructions.

Any supplemental information should be sent to the following email psychology@ewu.edu Please make sure the program you are applying for is clear.

Please note that the department application is now included in the online submission provided by the graduate school.  Instructions for the personal statement are now with the application and will be submitted online during that process.

Contact Keely Hope (509) 359-2439 for questions regarding the Counseling Programs.

The application deadline date is February 1.  Fully completed applications have first priority.  If there are still slots to be filled, late applications might be considered.

What should I include in my application?

The application requirements include official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate transcripts, if applicable), three letters of reference, General GRE scores, cover letter and resume, and a personal statement including the following: (1) how has your life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in counseling? (2) Once you complete this degree, where do you see yourself working and with what population (types of clients)? (3) During your graduate education you will be exposed to people who's experiences and opinions are different from your own. How are you prepared to deal effectively with these people? (4) As a CACREP accredited program, we strive to provide the community with leaders. How do you see yourself providing leadership within your community upon completion of this program?

We recommend you write your personal statement prior to completing the online application. Take your time and create a well thought out answer to these questions. Create this as a Word Document so that you may copy into your application at the appropriate time. Make sure to answer all questions in your statement.

Application to the university and department are completed online.  Once you sign into the graduate application portal, you will be prompted to "Select an application type." You will choose the "GR Applied Psychology MS" option. Once you select the quarter you are applying for, you will then choose the "Program of Study option" from application checklist.  Please make sure to complete the "Applied Psychology Information" because that is the program application and is where you will find the questions included in your personal statement. Please note these actually are phrased as four separate questions not a place to upload one single document.

Can I apply to both the Mental Health and School Counseling emphasis?

No. Professionally these two fields are very different. While there are many classes that the students share, the specialties are unique. To understand the difference, we recommend you spend a bit of time researching what settings each of the degrees would ultimately afford you. That will help guide you in your decision to apply for one of the tracks.

You require a personal statement. What should I write about?

We recommend you write your personal statement prior to completing the online application. Take your time and create well thought out answers to these questions. Create this as a Word Document so that you may copy into your application at the appropriate time. Make sure to answer all questions in your statement.

Address the following topics:(1) how has your life experiences influenced your decision to pursue a career in counseling? (2) Once you complete this degree, where do you see yourself working and with what population (types of clients)? (3) During your graduate education you will be exposed to people who's experiences and opinions are different from your own. How are you prepared to deal effectively with these people? (4) As a CACREP accredited program, we strive to provide the community with leaders. How do you see yourself providing leadership within your community upon completion of this program?

When should I take the GRE in order to have it sent to you before the deadline?

Although the GRE is now commonly taken online at a testing site and the student learns his or her unofficial scores almost immediately, the scores do not get sent to the university quite as fast.

Official GRE scores are not send to the chosen university until approximately 10 to 15 days after the original test date. In addition, these scores are mailed to the graduate studies office.

In order to assure that your scores are in the hands of the committee by February 1st (deadline), you should plan to take the GRE by December 31st of the year before the application deadline. For example, if you were applying for the February 1, 2012 deadline, ideally you would have taken the GRE prior to December 31, 2011.

How do I submit my three recommendation letters?

1. You will download the form. Click here to access the form. 2 Save and name the document: RecLetter YOURLASTNAME.doc 3. Then, you will email the form to your referral source to complete. Please make note that you do not need to print out these forms. You will need to provide the referral source with the information needed. For example, name, address, phone, and EWU ID. 4. Once he or she has completed the form and written a supplemental letter, he or she may email it directly to psychology@ewu.edu . 5. Follow-up with the department to see if the letters have arrived.

Please note we will always accept paper copies if your reference prefers.  You may send it to the Psychology Department at 135 Martin Hall Cheney, WA 99004

Can I take classes part-time or is this a full time program?

Currently there is no part-time option. Our program is run using a cohort model.  Academic and clinical courses are presented in a structured sequence that requires full time attendance for both years of the program.  A new entering class begins each fall quarter and proceeds through their two-year program together. 

How long does it take to complete the program?

Two full academic years.  This includes the 600 or 900 hour internship requirement. Length depends on program emphasis.

How are classes scheduled?

First year students have classes Monday through Thursday of each week, generally from 8:00 a.m. to noon.  Occasionally, a class may be scheduled for early afternoon.  Second year students have classes on Monday and Tuesday and are at their internship sites Wednesday through Friday.  The only weekend courses are one-credit electives that usually meet Friday evening and all day Saturday for just one weekend.

Can I work while studying in the Counseling Programs?

Some students are able to work part time during their first year, but it is very difficult to work while attending classes and successfully completing the internship the second year. The answer may rely on the student and the student's needs outside of school.

How many applicants are admitted each year?

Currently, twelve to fifteen students are admitted per emphasis each year.  In total, the counseling program admits between 24 and 30 per year. Because our programs are nationally certified by CACREP, we maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.  We routinely have more academically qualified applicants than we can admit.

How many credits will I complete during my course of study?

93 or 95 credits depending on which emphasis you choose.

How are new students selected from among the pool of applicants?

Strong consideration is given to demonstrated academic excellence.  We want students who will be competent in a graduate level course of study.  In addition, the faculty focuses on the applicant's maturity, interpersonal skills, and prior experience in a helping role with others.  Each applicant's file is reviewed by each member of the Counselor Education faculty using a weighted scoring sheet that considers GPA, GRE scores, strength of letters of recommendation, prior experience, and professionalism of the applicant's written personal statement.  Faculty members then decide collectively on which students will be further considered for admission.  Each applicant still in consideration is interviewed by the faculty and completes a writing sample as part of the interview process.  A final decision on members of the next cohort is reached by early March.

Do I have to have an undergraduate degree in psychology to be admitted?

No. While many of our students have a degree in psychology or a closely related field, each year, students are admitted with undergraduate degrees in such disciplines as communication, education, business, nursing, or social work.  However, most of those would benefit from taking some psychology ourses that prepare them for graduate work in the counseling field.  If you have any questions about whether or not you you need to take a course before admission, check Dr. Keely Hope, Program Director of Counselor Education.

Are there any specific undergraduate courses required for admission?

No.  We do not require a degree in psychology or any specfic degree. However, as counseling is heavily grounded in psychology and counseling theory, the admissions committee prefer candidates that can show completion of the following courses (or the equivalent from another department or university):

CSBS 320- Statistics

PSYC 314-Tests, Measurements, and Evaluation (a survey course about psychological testing)

PSYC 444-Introduction to the Counseling Profession (includes development of basic dyadic communication skills)

PSYC 483-Group Dynamics (an overview of group communication, stages of group development, conflict resolution, and teamwork principles).

If you have questions regarding this, please contact a Dr. Keely Hope, Program Director.

I'm already studying in another counseling graduate program. May I transfer courses if I am accepted into your program?

With rare exception, courses can be transferred in only from other CACREP programs.  The maximum number of credits that can be transferred into our program is 12 quarter credits or 9 semester credits, and this requires approval of the faculty.

What is the job placement rate for graduates of the Counseling Programs?

Very high, even in economically difficult times.  Because of the strengths and reputation of the program, graduates routinely find full time positions in their field within a few months of completing the program.
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