School Counselors perform a vital role in facilitating change - for students, teachers, parents, and schools as a whole. This school counseling program emphasizes helping skills that are applied in the context of a comprehensive counseling and guidance program. School counseling students become multiculturally competent and skilled social change agents, achievement advocates, and educational leaders who address issues of equity to help youth reach their educational, career and personal/social potential.
Designed to meet the needs of working people, an average program of study is usually completed in three years. Courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings and meet weekly.
The Counseling Program operates under a cohort model that begins in the fall term. Admitted students may choose to take some foundational courses during the summer. We no longer admit students for the winter or spring terms.
|Academic Year||Admission Rate||Average GPA||Pass Rate on CPCE**||Completion Rate||Job Placement Rate*|
*Data on job placement are not 100% accurate because not all graduates were able to be reached.
**Pass rate is for first test administration. Pass rate on second administration was 100%.
Fall Quarter: February 1
New students may begin the counseling program in summer or fall only.
Complete Seattle University’s Online Application, which includes the following elements:
|February 1st||Application deadline|
|February 12th -16th||Application review by faculty committee|
|February 18th & 19th||Invitation to interview for selected applicants|
|February 24th, 25th, & 26th||Virtual Interviews (Selected Candidates will be sent Interview links)|
|March 1st - March 8th||Final review process|
|Week of March 8th||Notification of admission|
Applicants must choose to apply to either the School Counseling program or the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, but not both. The applicant will need to decide at the time of application which program to pursue; only one application will be reviewed per applicant per admissions cycle.
Applicants whose academic credentials are below the expected prerequisite course work, grade point average and/or test scores of those typically accepted to specific programs, but who through other means convey the potential for academic success, warrant offers of provisional or probationary admission. Probationary admission involves a specific time limit during which the student is expected to achieve the minimum GPA noted at the time of admission. When this condition is fulfilled, the department usually recommends advancement of regular graduate student status.
International students are invited to visit our admissions page for a list of requirements.