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Master of Science in Counseling (MS)

The University of North Georgia offers a Master of Science in Counseling degree designed to prepare individuals to function as counselors in mental health centers, community agencies, governmental agencies, employee assistance programs, prisons, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs, college and university counseling centers, religious settings, and private practice.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of three (3) tracks: Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Addictions Counseling, or College Counseling & Student Affairs. Students in all three (3) tracks study the same core curriculum and take specialty courses in nine (9) to fifteen (15) semester hours of study.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling track is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation (COPA). The department is actively pursuing accreditation for the Addictions Counseling and College Counseling & Student Development tracks.

Application Deadline

Fall - March 1
Note: All application materials are to be received prior to the deadline.  The Master of Science in Counseling program will review all completed applications after the application deadline.

Campus

  • Classes are held on the Cumming Campus
  • Clinical work is completed at the Counseling Clinic located in Dahlonega
  • Internships are either in the field or on the Dahlonega Campus

Quick Facts

Program length 60 semester hours
New students admitted fall semesters
GRE required
Extensive internships
100 percent licensure exam pass rate since 2014

Program Questions?

Clay.Rowell@ung.edu
Dahlonega Campus
706-867-2791 (phone)

Select Your Student Type for Requirements and Application Steps

Degree Seeking Regular

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score of not less than 290 (verbal and quantitative combined) 
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Group interview with counseling faculty.
  • Required Supplemental Documentation
    • Personal statement, three-five pages, double-spaced, autobiographical in nature and address the following:
      • why you want to become a counselor;
      • brief personal history;
      • attributes you possess which would contribute to your effectiveness as a counselor;
      • personal characteristics which may inhibit your relationships with clients and what you are doing to resolve those issues.
    • Three UNG recommendation forms from individuals able to address academic potential, professional experiences in the helping professions, and non-academic experiences that add breadth in understanding the human condition.
    • Professional Resume.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
Submit Official GRE score report. University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the U.S.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG? 

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Degree Seeking Provisional

Applicants who do not meet regular status requirements may qualify for provisional admission.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score of not less than 285 (verbal and quantitative scores combined)
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Participate in a Dahlonega campus group interview with counseling faculty.
  • Required Supplemental Documentation
    • Personal statement, three-five pages, double-spaced, autobiographical in nature and address the following:
      • why you want to become a counselor;
      • brief personal history;
      • attributes you possess which would contribute to your effectiveness as a counselor;
      • personal characteristics which may inhibit your relationships with clients and what you are doing to resolve those issues.
    • Three UNG recommendation forms from individuals able to address academic potential, professional experiences in the helping professions, and non-academic experiences that add breadth in understanding the human condition.
    • Professional Resume.

Provisional degree-seeking students

  • may register for a maximum of nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will be reviewed to determine eligibility for regular admission following completion of the first semester enrolled.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid while enrolled in courses as a provisional student.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the program if a grade of C or lower is earned in any graduate course.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
Submit Official GRE score report. University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Verification of Lawful Presence in the U.S.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Interested in applying for a graduate assistant position at UNG? 

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Non-Degree

An applicant interested in taking graduate courses in counseling, but not interested in pursuing a graduate degree, may apply as a non-degree graduate student.  Non-degree status is only for practicing counselors who require continuing education or who are lacking coursework required for licensure.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score of not less than 285 (verbal and quantitative scores combined) 
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the MSC department head before enrolling in courses.
  • Required Supplemental Documentation
    • Personal statement, three-five pages, double-spaced, autobiographical in nature and address the following:
      • why you want to become a counselor;
      • brief personal history;
      • attributes you possess which would contribute to your effectiveness as a counselor;
      • personal characteristics which may inhibit your relationships with clients and what you are doing to resolve those issues.
    • Three UNG recommendation forms from individuals able to address academic potential, professional experiences in the helping professions, and non-academic experiences that add breadth in understanding the human condition.
    • Professional Resume.

Non-degree students

  • may register for no more than nine semester hours of graduate credit.
  • will not be allowed to continue in the graduate level counseling courses if a grade of C or lower in any graduate course is earned.
  • may apply for readmission after three semesters from the date removed from the program because of a deficient grade by submitting a new application to Graduate Admissions with a letter addressed to the program coordinator requesting readmission.
  • are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. Applicants who have received degrees outside of the United States may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. Applicants will be notified if a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score is required. If required, scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date. Required minimum scores are, TOEFL internet based - 79, TOEFL computer based test - 213, TOEFL paper based test - 550, IELTS - 6.5.
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
Submit Official GRE score report. University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

Submit a birth certificate or Georgia driver’s license to enable UNG to determine eligibility.
  • Must be a resident of Georgia and 62 years of age or older at the time of registration.
  • May enroll as a regular or auditing student in courses on a “space available” basis without payment of fees, except for supplies, laboratory or shop fees.

Transient

A student currently enrolled at a regionally accredited college or university as a graduate student in good standing may apply to UNG as a transient student.

  • Permission to take courses does not indicate or imply subsequent admission into the program.
  • Students must receive pre-approval from the MSC department head before enrolling in courses.
  • Requests will be considered on a space-available basis.
  • Admission is for one semester only.
  • Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must reapply through Graduate Admissions.
  • Students may be required to submit an official transcript from the home institution in order to verify adequate prerequisite knowledge/skills.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions. Transient admission is for one semester only.  Students who wish to return as a transient student for a subsequent semester must re-apply to Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.

Submit a letter of good standing or transient permission form documenting that the student is not on academic probation or suspension or on disciplinary suspension at his/her home institution.

Note: The letter or form should indicate the course(s) the student is being allowed to take at UNG.

Board of Regents’ policy requires all applicants accepted for admission or readmission to UNG seeking in-state for tuition classification provide validation of residency and lawful presence in both the state of Georgia and the United States.

All International

An international student is someone who has not been granted or does not have U.S. citizenship or permanent U.S. residency. In order for these students to study in the United States, they must obtain an F-1 visa. International applicants must enroll for at least nine hours per semester, excluding summer semester, and may only enroll in up to three hours of online (distance education) coursework per semester.  International applicants must be accepted as degree-seeking.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate from a regionally accredited, four year institution with at least a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) calculated in accordance with Graduate Admissions procedures.
  • General Record Exam (GRE) score of not less than 290 (verbal and quantitative combined) 
    Note: Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • Group interview with counseling faculty.
  • Required Supplemental Documentation
    • Personal statement, three-five pages, double-spaced, autobiographical in nature and address the following:
      • why you want to become a counselor;
      • brief personal history;
      • attributes you possess which would contribute to your effectiveness as a counselor;
      • personal characteristics which may inhibit your relationships with clients and what you are doing to resolve those issues.
    • Three UNG recommendation forms from individuals able to address academic potential, professional experiences in the helping professions, and non-academic experiences that add breadth in understanding the human condition.
    • Professional Resume.

Applying to UNG

Submit the online application for Graduate Admissions.

Please allow three business days after submitting your application for processing. You will receive an email from grads@ung.edu after your application has been reviewed for accuracy and updated with submitted documents. Please do not check your application status prior to receiving an email from this office as your online application checklist will not accurately reflect the required items for your program of interest.

  • Non-refundable application fee of $40.
  • Pay with a credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) or electronic check (U.S. banks only) when completing the online application.
  • Include a check or money order payable to UNG when submitting a paper application.
  • Required supplemental documents may be uploaded with your application or emailed to grads@ung.edu.

Submit one set of official transcripts from each institution attended for all course work, undergraduate and graduate level.

  • Transfer credit posted on records of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from original institutions.
  • Transcripts that have been opened, scanned or forwarded by email are not official and will not be accepted.
  • Official paper transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution and mailed to University of North Georgia Admissions Imaging Center, P.O. Box 1358, Gainesville, GA 30503-1358. Student paper transcripts are accepted only when issued to the student in a sealed envelope and submitted to Graduate Admissions unopened.
  • Official electronic transcripts are accepted if submitted from the issuing institution to grads@ung.edu. Electronic transcripts forwarded via email from the student are not accepted.
  • International transcripts must have a course-by-course credential evaluation by an independent evaluation service that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc. (NACES). Official evaluations must include certification that the applicant's course work and degrees earned are equivalent to course work and degrees earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher education in the United States and include a cumulative grade point average. Evaluations should be submitted from the evaluation service to Graduate Admissions. Evaluations must include certification that the applicant has received a baccalaureate from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum grade point average of 2.75. 
  • Graduate Admissions will retrieve transcripts of coursework completed in-residence at UNG. You do not need to order official transcripts from UNG.
  • If you completed your undergraduate degree at UNG and then attended another institution, request official transcripts only from schools attended after graduating from UNG.

English proficiency is proven as follows:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores if applicant's native language is not English.
  • Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. Personal copies and photocopies are NOT accepted.
  • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two calendar years from the test date.
  • Required minimum scores:
    • TOEFL internet based - 79
    • TOEFL computer based test - 213
    • TOEFL paper based test - 550
    • IELTS - 6.5

      -or-
  • Hold a bachelor's or master's degree equivalent from an accredited institution located in a country where English is the primary language.
Submit Official GRE score report. University of North Georgia’s institutional code is 5497 for submitting official GRE scores. Only test scores less than six years old will be considered.
  • UNG requires immunizations of all students attending courses on any UNG campus or campus managed facility.
  • Download the UNG certificate of immunization and have it completed by a health care provider.
  • Titer test is available through your physician or local health department and may be submitted to confirm the required immunities.
  • Exemptions may apply on religious or medical grounds.

The following are required if accepted, or if applying within five months of the start of the term.

Financial Affidavit

It is the applicant's responsibility to demonstrate that sufficient funding is available to meet all university and living expenses for the course of study.

  • Download and complete the Financial Affidavit. You may email the completed form to grads@ung.edu.
  • Sources of financial support in the form of a bank issued letter or bank statement verifying that the applicant has a sum of at least $48,500 USD for the first academic year, exclusive of travel expenses, are required. You may email an original bank issued letter or bank statement to grads@ung.edu
  • Sources of financial support should equal what is reported in your Financial Affidavit.
  • All banking information must be in English. Certified bank letters are preferred. If submitting a bank statement, only official bank statements will be accepted. We are unable to accept a printout of online banking transaction history, online account summaries or online statements.
  • Check exchange rates at www.x-rates.com/calculator.
Visa Documents

All international applicants, please submit copies of:

If you are currently residing in the United States, please submit copies of:

  • Visa/I-94 (front and back)
  • I-20
  • Passport
Student Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. Visit the Center for Global Engagement's (CGE) website for additional information.

Appeal of Graduate Admission

A candidate whose application is denied has the right to appeal the decision. Appeal letter should clearly state the grounds for appeal.

  • Students whose appeals are granted will be admitted as provisional students.
  • Students are not eligible for financial aid while taking courses under a provisional admission status.
  • Students may not appeal for regular admission.

Appeals must be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions
University of North Georgia
82 College Circle
Dahlonega, GA 30597-1001
grads@ung.edu

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