Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Do letters of recommendations need to be in sealed envelopes with the recommenders name written on it?  NO and Admissions does NOT need letters of recommendations just the department does. The department requires 3 letters, please use form provided in our department application.
    2. What do I have to write on the State of Purpose in the University Application?  You write that you are applying to the Department and including an autobiography.
    3. 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 CMHC option. A course in child development and documentation that you have taken the CBEST by the start of your first semester 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. If the prerequisite courses are not successfully completed by the end of your Fall semester enrollment for Spring semester will be blocked.
    4. We do not require the GRE.
    5. What if I don’t know if a prerequisite is what I need?  Send a course description to Stephanie Wilkinson ( and she will have a faculty member look at it for approval.
    6. How many sets of transcripts do I need?  2;  one for the department and one for the University;  we do not share transcripts.  If you are having transcripts sent separate from your application have them sent to Counseling Department, NH220, at the address of the University; and the other transcript will go to Admissions: Attn:  Rosanna Kelley. 
    7. How many units can be transferred into the program?  up to 18 acceptable units; these transferrable units will not be looked at until you have been accepted into the program, then your faculty advisor will look at your transcript.
    8. When will I hear something?  Hopefully within two weeks of the application deadline and then it will be by email.  Phone calls may be made to those located out-of-state and in Southern California. Hotmail accounts tend to be problematic, so please have an alternate email to provide to the department.    
    9. Can I drop my application off?  Yes you can, and if the department is closed there is black locked mailbox to the right of the counseling department’s front door.  Office hours vary, as this is a one person office. 
    10. How will I know if my application was received? If something is missing from your application the Coordinator will contact you; other please using some sort of tracking method for your application; example Federal Express, Express Mail or even include a self-addressed envelope saying application was received that the coordinator can just mail back to you. Please try not to call the coordinator to see if your application has been received.
    11. If you have questions regarding fees please go to the Graduate Studies website: and click on the Fees/Charges link. If you are applying to the program then you should apply for financial aid at the same time.
    12. Students interested in pursuing scholarship funding are strongly encouraged to contact the SSU Scholarship office. Applications for scholarships occur only once per year, and it is important to attend to the scholarship deadline (typically in January). Students may apply for scholarships prior to being admitted to the program. If they do not ultimately enter the MA in Counseling program, they will forfeit any earned scholarships. Scholarship information is located at: