Admission Requirements

The admissions criteria for the Master of Arts in Counseling takes into account three broad factors: 1) appropriate student dispositions; 2) academic potential; and 3) counseling career fit:

Appropriate Student Dispositions

These are traits appropriate for the counseling field and wellness across the lifespan.

A table of Attributions and Descriptions
Attribution Description
Initiative Counselor in Training (CIT) is independent and goes beyond minimum expectations.
Problem Solving CIT is an active and effective problem solver.
Commitment to Learning CIT is curious and interested in learning more about clients and content areas; seeks out and takes advantage of opportunities for professional growth beyond the minimum expectations of what is required in classes.
Professional Ethics CIT adheres to standards of ethical conduct including honesty and confidentiality while in a clinical or practicum setting.
Collaboration CIT works effectively with professional colleagues and other adults while in a clinical or practicum setting.
Commitment to Counseling CIT values the profession of counseling. They exhibit a positive attitude toward clients, while in a clinical setting.
Self-Reflection CIT reflects on and evaluates their own behavior and work. They are willing to consider multiple perspectives toward their own performance; is willing and able to recognize their own strengths and weaknesses, and develop potential solutions for the latter.
Professional Feedback CIT is receptive and responsive to professional feedback related to a clinical setting, incorporating suggestions into practice.
Self Awareness CIT has a realistic sense of own strengths and weaknesses.
Professional Demeanor and Responsibility While participating in a clinical experience, the CIT is prompt, is not unnecessarily absent, notifies appropriate individuals when absence is necessary, completes assignments on time, and follows through on commitments; wears appropriate professional attire as established by the course instructor; is poised and professional in their demeanor; is flexible and able to make adjustments to changing student needs and circumstances.
Emotional Maturity While participating in a clinical experience, the CIT responds to frustration and stress appropriately.
Client Focus While participating in a clinical experience, the CIT recognizes and respects clients as valued and unique individuals; demonstrates the belief that all clients have the right and ability to grow.
Commitment to Diversity While participating in a clinical experience, the CIT values social identities, including but not limited to the following, as well as intersections thereof: age, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, geographic location, immigration status, Indigeneity, language, nationality, political affiliation, race/ethnicity, religion/spirituality, sexual orientation/identity, and socioeconomic status/social class.

Academic Potential

This includes an analysis of student transcripts, undergraduate GPA and coursework taken.

Counseling Career Fit

Career fit includes consideration of paraprofessional and other relevant work and life experiences. Admissions Process for the Master of Arts in Counseling

Applying to the Program

Please submit the following documents to the Graduate School:

  • All official transcripts
  • Letter of  Intent/Statement of Career Goals, including which track you are interested in
  • Resume
  • Three professional letters of recommendations that indicate your fit for the counseling field
  • Qualified in the professional judgment of the program faculty

Applications are reviewed about the middle of February. Applicants who are invited for an interview are called in late February/early March. Notification of acceptance should be sent within two weeks of the interview.

Financial Aid. Information can be found through the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Apply to the MA in Counseling Program. To apply to the M.A. in Counseling program, please visit Apply Nevada.