Counseling Admissions Requirements

Applicants are required to go through the University admissions process as outlined in the graduate catalog. In addition, applicants for the MA in counseling program must meet the following requirements:

  • Submission of a short written essay (minimum of 3 pages).  The essay must address the following: personal and professional interests in the professional counseling field; personal background and work history related to counseling field; career goals in the field; and aptitude for succeeding in graduate level education. Provide a statement indicating ways you can contribute to the formation of culturally inclusive and respectful interpersonal relationships in both individual and group context.
  • Strict adherence to a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of three completed professional (not friends or relatives) recommendation forms, one of which should ideally be from a former professor/instructor. Forms are to be sent directly to Webster University by the reference; instructions are included on the form. 
  • Resume including: education, work experiences, leadership activities, volunteer/service work, etc.

After admission into the counseling program, applicants are required to complete the following steps prior to taking classes:

  • Participation in a group orientation event to discuss: a) career related interests in the field of professional counseling, b) orientation to the field of professional counseling, and c) orientation to the Webster University MA in counseling program. This orientation event will be scheduled through your campus.
  • Student signature on the related page in the Counseling Student Handbook provided by the first night of the first class or before.
  • Some program field experiences may require background checks of students.

Non-Degree Admission Applicants

Applicants with a graduate degree or current graduate program enrollment in the following fields (professional counseling, psychology, social work, school guidance and counseling, and pastoral care) may be approved to register for up to four (pre-approved) courses and forgo the full admission process (detailed above under admission requirements). To receive approval, non-degree applicants are required to submit an online application, official undergraduate transcript and current related graduate transcript, and receive pre-registration advising by a counseling faculty advisor. Approved non-degree seeking applicants can only take a maximum of four courses. Students seeking to take more than four total courses must go through the full admission process and be fully admitted into the program.