Master of Education in Counseling and Development


The priority admission deadline for the Counseling and Development Program is December 15th for summer admission.

All admission materials must be received by the Graduate Studies office on or before this date. The program is a summer admission only program. If there remain openings in the cohort after the priority deadline, the Admissions Committee will consider applications submitted prior to March 15th. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by December 15th to ensure review of their materials.

Application requirements include:

1. The online Graduate Studies application with the non-refundable application fee
2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 
3. Official transcript(s) from all institutions attended for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Transcripts must be sent directly to Winthrop's Graduate Studies office from the issuing institution(s). We cannot accept transcripts (even sealed, official transcripts) from individuals.
4. Undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
5. Official Test scores*

  • Graduate Record Examination score of 146 on the Verbal Reasoning section and 140 on the Quantitative Reasoning section are preferred 


  • Miller Analogies Test (scale score of 392 preferred) 

*The GRE/MAT testing requirement is waived if the undergraduate GPA is at least 3.0, or a previous graduate degree has been earned.

6. Three professional recommendations - you will be required to provide the names and e-mail addresses of your three individuals in the online admissions application. These three individuals will then receive an e-mail asking them to complete the online recommendation form.  
7. Resume
8. A brief statement of purpose articulating your reasons for pursuing a master's in counseling and why you are a good fit for the field of counseling (1-2 pages)   

9. Background check**                                                                                                           
10. On-campus interview.***


Admission to the Counseling and Development Program is competitive. Application review will begin immediately following the December 15 deadline. Promising applicants are invited for a group interview with the Counseling and Development Admissions Committee.  The admissions committee considers all the requirements previously listed when making the admission recommendations. Successful applicants will be notified of acceptance by the Dean of the School of Graduate, Continuing, and Online Education.


**Before being fully admitted into the CSDV program you must complete a background check at your expense. Details about Winthrop's background check provider and the process will be provided.

***The program coordinator will contact applicants who are invited for the interview with specific dates, times, and locations.