Prospective Student

Admissions Requirements

  • Application materials (including official transcripts and two reference forms)
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of course work to be fully admitted to the program (or 2.75 through 2.99 may qualify for conditional status).
  • Completion of six hours of prerequisite courses, which must include a developmental psychology course (i.e. childhood development, lifespan development, etc.) and psychological statistics with a grade of C or better in at least one course and B or better in the remaining course. Students that have not fullfilled the prerequisite requirements may be conditionally accepted providing they take these course within the first year of acceptance into the program.
  • Applicants applying for the School Counseling Track or the Endorsement in School Counseling Certificate Program must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) before applying.
  • Applicants applying for School Counseling or the Endorsement in School Counseling Certification Program without a valid Illinois Teaching Certificate must have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP) within 10 years of applying. This test must be taken within 10 years of graduating as well.
  • In addition, applicants without a valid initial Illinois Teaching Certificate must take the course ED 5820, Educational Fundamentals in School Counseling as a program perquisite. Providing they have passed the Illinois Basic Skills Exam, students who do not have a valid Illinois Teaching Certificate may be admitted conditionally pending successful completion of ED 5820 within the first year.
  • Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 that satisfy the above criteria must successfully complete a written essay as part of their admissions requirement.
  • Applicants must be interviewed by the department faculty.
  • Due to limited class size, we are unable to accept all qualified applicants into the program.

All application materials must be received by deadline at the following location:

CSU School of Graduate and Professional Studies
9501 South King Drive Cook Administration Building / 126

Chicago, Illinois 60628-1598

Submitting materials to an office other than the Graduate Studies department may delay processing time. Clinical Mental Health and School Track students are accepted once yearly for the fall term.

Application deadline - March 1st

Post Masters Endorsement in School Counseling Graduate Certification Program (Type 73) students are accepted twice yearly.

Application deadline - March 1st (Fall Admission) / October 15 (Spring Admission). Application deadlines vary by departments.


To be completed by individuals that are interested in applying to one of our programs.

Recommendation form letter
Two (2) recommendation letters are required

Graduate at Large Application
To be completed by individuals that are interested in taking class(es) at CSU that are not fully admitted into the program.

International students
Supplemental admission form

More forms can be found on the Graduate Studies website entitled Download Applications. Make duplicates for personal and department records.

Program Brochures

Clinical Mental Health brochure PDF Format
School Counseling brochure PDF Format
Endorsement in School Counseling Graduate Certificate brochure PDF Format
Bilingual Specialization PDF format

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of at least 54 credit hours at the graduate level with grades averaging B or better.
  • Must not earn more than two C’s and must earn a B or better in all three clinical courses.
  • Passing score on the comprehensive examinations.
    Completion of all degree requirements within six years.

Current Students

Graduation Application
To be complete by students intending to graduate at the beginning of your last semester.

Extension of the program
Students must complete all degree requirements within six years.  Students needing an extension of one year should complete this form  the semester before your sixth year.

Request to carry additional hours
This form is used by students that want to carry more than nine (9) credit hours in a semester (Students are only allowed six (6) credit hours max. during the summer session).

Transfer Credit Form
Graduate students already admitted to a master’s or certificate program and who wish to enroll at another regionally accredited institution  and have credits applied to their CSU program.

Readmission Application
This form is for returning students that are formally admitted into the program but have not enrolled for 2 years or more.  Students have six years from the date of acceptance to apply for readmission.

Make duplicates for personal records.