Admissions information is available from the Graduate Admissions Office. Forms are also available online.

Applicants are considered for admission for the fall and spring semesters. The CHD program admits students on a rolling basis toward these admission dates. Applicants are strongly urged to apply as early as possible. New admits will not be accepted once the program reaches cohort capacity; they will be placed on an Admissions wait list for the next open (Fall or Spring) semester. To discuss details of admission processes, contact the Graduate Admissions Office.

Admissions Requirements

1. Applicants with a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university (must be completed prior to beginning CHD coursework) will be considered for admission to the CHD program. Official transcripts of undergraduate and all other graduate education are required.

2. A completed application

3. Evidence of personal and professional potential for the CHD program is provided by:

  • Two letters of recommendation completed by persons qualified to appraise scholastic aptitude, relevant personal characteristics and professional promise, such as a past instructor, work supervisor or professional working in the counseling/human service field (friends and peers are excluded).
  • A notarized affidavit of good moral character 
  • On-Campus interview with the Program Director or program faculty members. Out-of-state applicants or international applicants may contact the Program Director for alternate arrangements to meet this requirement.
  • A current resume 

4. Written English proficiency demonstrated in a writing sample completed on-site. Out-of-state or international applicants may contact the Program Director for alternate arrangements for the writing sample.

5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the baccalaureate transcript. Applicants who meet this criterion do not need to submit results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.99 or less may be considered for conditional admission once they have submitted their results from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in addition to all required Admissions documents. Individuals who hold a master's degree from an accredited college or university are not required to provide GRE or MAT results.

Admission Procedures

Admissions forms are available online.

  • Complete Graduate application for CHD program
  • Three letters of reference
  • Current resume
  • Arrange for all official transcripts (see above guidelines) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office (Official transcripts may not be e-mailed).
  • Arrange for official TOEFL scores (International students only) to be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Arrange for, and complete, the program interview and writing sample. Applicants will be notified by the Graduate Admissions Office when their Admissions file is complete so that they may make these arrangements for these final Admissions processes.

Felony and Other Criminal History Policy

Students in all CHD specialty tracks are preparing to work with vulnerable populations. Applicants are required to disclose any current or past criminal charges or convictions, or pending charges that might result in a conviction, when applying for admission to the CHD program. Failure to report a criminal history may result in denial and/or dismissal from the CHD program. It is the prerogative of the CHD faculty and administration to request additional information about an applicant's criminal history, and based on the information provided, to deny admission (and/or for CHD students, to dismiss them). Please note that students in license-eligible programs must undergo criminal background checks prior to internship and licensure.

Individuals with a criminal history who are applying for a license-eligible track in Counseling and Human Development should contact either the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board regarding eligibility for clinical mental health counselor licensure eligibility, or the Ohio Department of Education, regarding school counselor licensure eligibility in Ohio.

Professional Licensure disclaimer: Please note that this is a professional program that can lead to licensure upon graduation. The program itself does not provide licensure. At this time, this program is only approved in Ohio but can pursue approval in an alternative state. Please consult with your program director if you intend to complete this program and apply for licensure outside of Ohio. At that time, the program director will consult the licensing board in an alternative state to confirm requirements.

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