To apply, students should select AU Campus MSEd Counseling as their degree program on the graduate application form. Students do not have to choose their counseling specialty (School Counseling or Mental Health Counseling) until the second semester, as this is when the specialization courses begin.
Students should submit the following to the Graduate Admissions Office:
- the completed application form and fee;
- three letters of recommendation;
- official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework;
- scores from the GRE general test if undergraduate GPA is less than a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- a brief personal statement of your program interest.
In addition, because of the high level of maturity, sensitivity, independence and flexibility necessary in the program, an on-campus interview is required. You'll be contacted for an interview once all application materials have been received.
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There are three types of assistantships that all full-time graduate students may choose to acquire: 1) General graduate assistantships; 2) Enhanced graduate assistantships; 3) Athletic graduate assistantships.
All full-time students entering graduate programs in School Psychology, Counseling, College Student Development and Education are awarded a general graduate assistantship – there is no application for this type of assistantship. The award provides a $3,000 reduction in tuition and requires the student to work 5 hours per week for a professor or university division. Students are responsible to the faculty or staff member to whom they are assigned.
Full-time students may instead choose to apply for an enhanced graduate assistantship through the Division of Student Affairs, as a Residence Hall Director, Weekend Supervisor or Assistant Coordinator of Leadership Programming. In exchange for working 20 hours per week, this assistantship covers 50% of tuition costs and provides the graduate student with a stipend of $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the specific assistantship. Some enhanced assistantships provide a furnished on-campus apartment and full meal plan when the University is in session. For more information please contact the directors of Residence Life, Center for Student Involvement and/or the Judson Leadership Center.
Students interested in the part-time program may apply for an athletic graduate assistantship, which fully covers a maximum of 18 credits of tuition per academic year (see the part-time sequence) and provides a stipend in exchange for working 20 hours per week as an assistant coach, athletic trainer, or facilities manager. For more information please contact the Director of Athletics.
Additional financial support may be available through grants and other external sources obtained through the Lea R. Powell Institute for Children and Families. The Financial Aid Office assists graduate students in obtaining additional forms of assistance whenever possible.