Applications For Fall 2013 Are Now Closed
To be Eligible
for the Program, you must:
- Have a 3.0 grade point average. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should include an explanation of any extenuating circumstances.
- For both options, a course in personality theory and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course that includes analysis of variance is required; in addition, a course in abnormal psychology is required for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) option. A course in child development and documentaion that you have taken the CBEST by the start of your first semester (www.cbest.nesinc.com), is required for the PPS School Counseling option. Students accepted into the School Counseling track will need to provide evidence of a current and valid Certificate of Clearance. http://www.sonoma.edu/education/forms/certificateofclearance.pdf
- Have a BA degree - preferably in psychology or other related behavioral sciences. School counseling students shold have some first hand knowledge of the K-12 school system.
- Submit and complete all of the Department application
forms by the required deadline.
- Be enrolled or have applied to Sonoma State University.
(CSU application for SSU is available from Admissions & Records.)
- Have a personal interview and a group interview is required for applicants considered for final review. In these interviews, questions may involve personal disclosure deemed relevant by the faculty for determing the applicant's readiness for beginning training for a career in counseling. All disclosures are held in strict confidence.
1 to January 31 -
| Department applications available
on the web.
1 to January 31 -
| Counseling Department applications
| Deadline for Department & SSU
Application to the
In order to apply to the Counseling Department, fill out
and complete an application packet. If you do not have the ability to
download from the site, contact our office after October 1 and request
the Application Packet. The DEADLINE for receipt of all the materials
for your file, including the initial application form, information sheet,
letters of recommendation, transcripts and autobiography is January 31.
Click here for
the department application
to the University
In order to apply to the University, you must submit the
California State University Application and all other documents required
to the Admissions & Records Office. It is now possible for you to
submit your university application on-line.
If you are already enrolled as an unclassified
graduate student, this step is not necessary.
If you are currently enrolled and will be
graduating, you must reapply to the University.
A BA is preferred in one of the behavioral sciences and
optimally, one with sound preparation in psychology. Abnormal behavior,
personality theory, and statistics course work are prerequisites for admission
into the program in the MFT track. Personality theory, theories of learning,
and statistics are prerequisites for admission into the program in the
PPS track. These courses must be completed before beginning courses in
the Counseling Department. Take care of these early! If you wait until
you are in the application process and you cannot find the right courses
or are unable to enroll in them, you risk being turned down for admission
into the program.
or Counseling Courses Prior to Admission
You may begin taking prerequisite courses or Counseling Department courses (limit
12 units Counseling courses) prior to admittance to the program through
Extended Education's Open University program. For more information, call Extended Education (664-2394).
To enroll in our courses as an Open University student
bring your Extended Education registration form to the first class. All
Counseling Department courses are restricted and you must go to the first
class and get the instructor's approval. This MUST be done prior to officially
You are eligible to enroll in: COUN 501, 511(A,B,C,D), 520, 527, 528A/B, 545, 582, and 583
(1) there is space available in the class;
(2) you obtain the consent of the instructor; and
(3) you take no more than 12 units of course
work in the Counseling Department prior to acceptance into the program.
We do keep track of this and anyone going over the limit
will be asked to leave a class if it is determined they have gone over
twelve units in Counseling Dept. courses.
of the Application Process
1. A file is created upon receipt of the Initial
Application Form & $25 fee.
2. Applicant responsibilities:
- Keep copies of all your supplemental materials for
your records (Department application, autobiography, etc).
- Request letters of recommendation as soon as you can
and have them sent directly to you - keeping them to submit to the Department
with your complete packet. (You might consider giving them a deadline
a month prior to the January 31 deadline.) You may wish to ask five
people for letters of recommendation in case someone does not come through
by the deadline.
- Request two sets of transcripts. You will need
one transcript to send with application for Sonoma State University
(Admission and Records), and one transcript to be submitted to the Counseling
Department with application packet. Unsealed transcripts provided by
applicants are not acceptable. If you are applying to SSU, be sure to
promptly respond to the request for transcripts from Admissions and
Records. Remember to request a set of transcripts from SSU for the Counseling
Department! The Counseling Department would like transcripts from all
the institutions from which you received a degree and/or took any relevant
(behavioral science) course work.
- Your complete packet must be in our office by January
31 - Information Sheet, Autobiography, Letters of Recommendation,
and transcripts (in sealed envelopes).
- You must either be enrolled at SSU as a post baccalaureate
student or have submitted a CSU Graduate Application to Admissions &
Records before the end of January.
3. It is important to read all the information
you receive to avoid missing a deadline or misunderstanding what is required.
4. Please notify us if you do not wish to continue
with the application process at any point during the process.
...AND AGAIN, REMEMBER YOU MUST
ALSO FILE A UNIVERSITY APPLICATION.
a. those invited as classified students
- (1) Completed files are screened by faculty
teams. There are many more applications from qualified candidates
than can be admitted, and the reading of the files constitutes the
first part of the selection and elimination process. Candidates receive
letters advising them whether or not they have been selected for an
interview. The interviews are likely to be scheduled in the mid to latter part
of March. Please keep this time available.
- (2) The Department has found that the interview
provides very important data, and, consequently, it is required as
a part of the selection process. Interview teams generally consist
of two faculty members. International applicants and applicants living
outside of the Western region of the U.S. (Washington, Oregon, Idaho,
Utah, California, Nevada, Arizona) may request to submit a video taped
interview which must be submitted by the deadline given by the department. (Contact the Department
for further guidelines)
- (3) On the basis of all of the data which
have been brought forward, the faculty admissions committee determines
the ranking of all of the candidates. It should be stressed that throughout
the application process every attempt is made to quantify data and
to assign numerical equivalents where appropriate.
- (4) According to the rankings derived by the
Committee, based upon the number of places available through current
staffing, letters are sent to three groups of applicants:
b. those on a waiting list
c. those not admitted
Every attempt is made to mail these letters the week following
As stated earlier, there are more qualified candidates
than we can admit. We encourage people to apply again. We feel you should
know that some candidates have been successful on the second and even
It should be noted that the Department selects
the best candidates for admission from each year's pool of new applicants.
REAPPLICATION AND/OR COMPLETION OF COURSE WORK DOES NOT GIVE AN APPLICANT
PRIORITY FOR ADMISSION.
PLEASE ADVISE THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT OF ANY
ADDRESS CHANGES DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME.