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 for working professionals

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.

Program Benefits

CACREP accreditation

Certification and Licensure Options

  • Residency level Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification in K-12 settings, public and private
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor certification eligible
  • Washington State Substance Use Disorder certification eligible

Exceptional skills training

  • Unique clinical skills sequence
  • One-year practicum/internship experience in a community mental health agency or K-12 school
  • Develop your skills by working with classmates; volunteer clients; and finally actual clients
  • Our interns and graduates are consistently commended for their skill level upon starting internship/work

Small classes and individual attention

  • Maximum class sizes are 30 for lecture-style and 12 for skills/fieldwork
  • Classes taught by faculty who are current practitioners and leaders in the field
  • Every student assigned an advisor

Social justice focus

  • Social justice and advocacy themes are integrated throughout coursework
  • Faculty conduct research on social justice, advocacy, and service learning, and hold leadership positions in social justice organizations
  • Active Seattle University Counselors for Social Justice and Chi Sigma Iota student organizations


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. 

We are looking for applicants who:

  • Show an ability to succeed academically
  • Have work experience (paid or volunteer) in human services
  • Have strong recommendations from people who know their work/people skills
  • Are a good fit with our mission
  • Will be a good addition to the classroom and a credit to Seattle U as interns and graduates
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Admissions, Completion, and Job Placement Data: School Counseling

Academic Year Admission Rate Average GPA Pass Rate on CPCE** Completion Rate Job Placement Rate*
2010-11 56% 3.45 100% 100% 100%
2011-12 49% 3.39 100% 78% 100%
2012-13 46% 3.38 100% 78% 100%
2013-14 48% 3.41 100% 82% 96%
2014-15 58% 3.31 100% 85% 90%
2015-16 53% 3.19 100% 80% 85%
2016-17 38% 3.31 90% 85% 100%

*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%.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling & School Counseling

Application Deadlines 

Fall Quarter: February 1 

New students may begin the counseling program in summer or fall only.

Online Application

Complete Seattle University’s Online Application, which includes the following elements:

  • $55 Application Fee 
  • Letter of Intent
    • A two-page (maximum) statement including goals for the program, professional goals and a response to the Seattle University Mission Statement and/or the Counseling Program Mission Statement.   
  • Resume
    • A one to two-page professional resume documenting education, volunteer and professional experience.   
  • 2 College of Education Recommendation Forms
    • Choose a mix of instructors, employers, administrators or supervisors who are familiar with your work and your interpersonal skills.
    • Do not choose peers, friends, or therapists.   
  • College of Education Self-Evaluation Form

Admission Requirements

  • Evidence of a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • Official Transcript(s) 
    • Submit official transcripts either electronically or mail directly to Graduate Admissions
      • Seattle University
        Office of Graduate Admission
        901 12th Avenue
        P.O.Box 222000
        Seattle, WA 98122-1090
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
    • As calculated from bachelor's degree work and any credits completed after the bachelor's degree. This includes transfer credits. 
    • Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA may apply and may be considered for probationary admission.
    • The Counseling Program does not require the GRE. However, applicants from non-graded bachelor's degree programs must submit GRE scores.
  • On campus Group Interview

Application Process and Timeline

Date Application Process 
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 

Applying to both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling

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.

Probationary Admission

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

International students are invited to visit our admissions page for a list of requirements.