Admission to The University of Southern Mississippi's graduate programs in School Counseling is selective. Regular admission is contingent on having graduated from a college or university accredited by a recognized regional accrediting agency. In addition, the department's Admission Committee recommends admittance only for those applicants whose academic background, work experience, demonstrated leadership, and communication skills meet the challenging demands of graduate programs in School Counseling. In evaluating applications, the admission committees utilize separate criteria in each degree program offered.
- GRE - Verbal, Quantitative, Writing (within past 5 years) official scores or passing scores on the PRAXIS CORE if applicant does not hold an educator's license. Passing scores on the PRAXIS II: Content Examination is acceptable if applicant holds educator license.
- Three references from persons qualified to assess the applicant's readiness for graduate study
- Written essay
- GPA on last 60 hours of undergraduate work; GPA in major
- Official transcripts
Note: Applicants should check with their respective state department of education for School Counseling licensure requirements.
Supplemental material may be submitted at the discretion of the applicant or may be requested by the admissions committee.
The program includes 48 semester hours of prescribed coursework. Successful completion of a comprehensive exam, practicum and internship, and a 3.0 GPA are required for graduation.
Continuous Enrollment Requirement: Students must meet the requirements specified in the front section of this Bulletin for continuous enrollment.
Application for Graduation: Application materials must be submitted one semester prior to graduation.
Graduation is based upon
- completion of required coursework in the respective program with no grade lower than C; and no more than one C
- satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examination;
- satisfactory performance in the counseling practicum and internship;
- 3.0 GPA.