Master of Education or Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in School Counseling

Learn more about the graduate school counseling program.

Contact Information

Deadlines

  • Rolling admissions
  • Master's degree: fall, spring, and summer entry
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS): fall, spring, and summer entry

Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate study in counseling master’s degree programs, the applicant must complete the following:

  • Minimum requirements include a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, and all college transcripts
    • Undergraduate major in psychology, human services, rehabilitation, education, sociology or social work is preferred
    • Experiences in counseling through employment or volunteer work 
  • Students may seek admission to the counseling programs for fall, spring, or summer sessions.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework (2.5 may be considered with conditions)

Application Checklist

  • Completed application and $50 application fee
  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Two letters of recommendation, one professional and one that can speak to your academic/professional development skills and experiences (academic reference required if the applicant has been enrolled in college in the past two years)
  • Current resume highlighting the applicant’s education, work, and volunteer experiences
  • Personal statement
    • In two to three typed, double-spaced pages, one of the following questions must be answered. The desired specific concentration (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, General Counseling, and Rehabilitation Counseling) must be discussed in the statement.
      • What are your personal, professional, and learning goals, and how might the master’s degree program in counseling help you achieve these goals?
      • Describe an experience which has had a significant impact on you. In what ways has this experience influenced you and what you hope to gain from the master’s degree program?
      • What lesson have you learned from your life and work experiences? How do these lessons shape your goals for your chosen master’s degree program concentrations?
      • In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
    • Interview: Students who make it through initial screening will be interviewed by the program director or a faculty committee as part of the selection process.

International applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)

All application materials should be mailed to:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

If you choose to email your application documents, please note that transcripts and letters of recommendation will not be considered official unless they are emailed directly from the original source and not from the applicant. Please submit materials via email to graduate@springfieldcollege.edu.

Apply today.

Learn more about the Department of Counseling