Admission Requirements

Application Changes Through Fall 2021

Waiver of $55 application fee. 

Acceptance of unofficial transcript for initial admissions decision. Official transcripts are required before 2nd quarter registration.

Continued GRE- and GMAT-testing optional policy. Applicants can submit GRE or GMAT scores should they choose, but scores are not required for an admissions decision.

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 (Waived for SU alumni)
  • 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 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 

  • Online Application
  • 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 2nd - February 24th Application review by faculty committee 
February 25th - March 3rd Invitation to interview for selected applicants 
March 2 - 6th Required on campus interviews
In-person interview required; alternate formats are not guaranteed and can be requested for extenuating circumstances.  
March 9th - 13th Final review process 

Week of March 23rd

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.

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