Counseling and Development
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study. Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success.
- Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University.
- Complete graduate application to include application fee. Steps for Applying.
- Goals statement covering the items below, length should be 750-1000 words.
- Academic and occupational background
- The development of your interest in counseling
- Reasons for wishing to enter this program
- Qualities you possess which will enhance functioning as a counselor
- Career objective
- Passing scores on the TOEFL for non-native English speaking applicants
- Three letters of recommendation from professional references targeting applicant's counseling skills and academic abilities. Please use the Recommendation for Graduate Study form.
- A departmental form
- Twelve credits of undergraduate course work in the behavioral sciences (cultural anthropology, psychology, sociology, etc.)
- One thousand hours of counseling or counseling related experience: The following experiences count towards the 1000 hours of counseling-related experience required:
- volunteer or paid work in counseling
- substance abuse work
- hotline services, mentoring
- outward bound
- volunteering at schools
- social science research
- homeless, teen, or women's shelters
- other volunteer or work experience in helping situations
- If you are an applicant with international credentials, please review requirements listed in Step 1 which includes a PowerPoint tutorial to aid you in the international application process.
- Interview is required for selected applicants.
Students admitted for fall are eligible to begin course work in the summer or fall term. Application deadlines are:
- Fall: February 1
- Spring: October 1
For program codes and deadlines at a glance as well as links to individual program admission requirements and related information, refer to CEHD Program Admission Requirements
Detailed Admission information is available at PhD Admissions.
PhD Application Deadlines
- Fall: February 1
- Spring: September 1
The Counseling and Development program has three classes available to take as a Non-Degree Student: