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Admissions

  • Applying to the Program
    Applying to the Counselor Education Program: Mental Health Counseling Major is a three-part process.
    1. You must file an application with the Office of Graduate Admissions. To begin your application, you must sign into your application user account with your User ID and Password.  If you do not have an account, please click on the “Create User Account” link to create your User ID and Password. All communications, including admissions decisions, from the Graduate Admissions Office will be sent to you via the email you provide on your application.  Please be sure to add gradadm@fiu.edu to your safe senders list to ensure that you receive these communications.
    2. All of the following documents must also be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions:
      • Academic transcripts (with an upper division GPA of 3.2 or above)
      • Three letters of recommendation, at least one from an academic source and one from work or volunteer experiences. A reference may use the form provided in the application or supply a typed letter on professional letterhead discussing the applicant's ability to succeed in graduate school and their chosen profession.
      • An autobiographical sketch including a record of work or volunteer experiences
      • A resume (curriculum vitae)
    3. A group interview with the Counselor Education Admissions Committee is required for admission into the program.
      • Applicants will be contacted regarding scheduling the group interview.

    Admission Deadlines:

    FIU Graduate School  FIU Counselor Education Program
    For Fall June 1st March 1st
    For Spring October 1st  September 1st 

    Important: Please be advised that applications with materials submitted after the admissions deadline will not be considered. Such applications will automatically be deferred to the following semester.

    For login/account issues, contact the DoIT Support Center
    Phone: 305-348-2284
    Hours: Mon-Fri: 8am-6pm EST

    For all other questions, contact the Graduate Admissions Office 
    Phone: 305-348-7000
    Hours: Mon, Thur, Fri: 9am-5pm; Tue, Wed: 9am-6pm EST
    Email: gradadm@fiu.edu

  • Criteria for Acceptance

    Candidates are admitted by recommendation of the Program’s Graduate Admissions Committee on the basis of multiple criteria. These include:

    • Grade point average. A minimum of 3.2 or better for the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work is required. Applicants with a completed master’s degree or higher who do not meet the undergraduate GPA will have their graduate GPA considered if it is a 3.2 or higher.
    • Quality of Written Letters of Recommendation. The committee carefully reads all submitted letters of recommendations. A recommendation is considered excellent if it demonstrates strong support. A recommendation is considered as marginal if the candidate was recommended with reservations. A recommendation is considered inappropriate if it spoke of personal characteristics unrelated to the area in which the student is applying. A recommendation would be considered poor if a negative recommendation came from a faculty member who had knowledge of the candidate's work or ability as a potential graduate student.
    • Evidence of Related Educational Background and Experiences.
    • Autobiographical Sketch. Evidence of applicant’s clarity in presenting their ideas and thoughts in the autobiographical sketch.
    • Available Time Commitment. Willingness to commit oneself to the time (including time for field experience) necessary for training.
    • Evidence of Professionalism and Maturity.
    • Recent resume or curriculum vitae.
    • Personal Interview. The Admissions Committee considers the interpersonal qualities and responses of each candidate during the personal interview. During the interview, the Committee makes a decision based on a set of established criteria as to the candidate's competence and potential as a future practitioner in counseling.


    All stated admissions requirements are to be considered minimums. A student who meets these minimum requirements is not automatically assured admissions. Program admissions requirements are subject to change, therefore it is the responsibility of the student to assure that he/she has met the requirements. Admissions decisions are made once the applicant's file is complete. Since it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all admissions materials are in the file, they are advised to contact the Department of Counseling, Recreation and School Psychology (305-348-9905) to check on the status of their application.

  • Prerequisites for Majors from Other Fields

    Out-of-field majors are students who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.

    Students seeking admission to the track in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an “out-of-field major” are required to successfully complete 9 hours of prerequisite psychology courses prior to acceptance.  The student should consult with an advisor with reference to these courses. Required prerequisite courses for “out of field” majors applying for admission to the graduate program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling include:

    • An introductory course in Psychology (e.g., PSY 2012 Introduction to Psychology)
    • A course in either:
      Educational Psychology (e.g., EDP 3004 Educational Psychology), or
      Abnormal Psychology (e.g., CLP 4146 Abnormal Psychology), or
      Personality Theories (e.g., PPE 3003 Personality Theory)
    • A Research/Statistics course (e.g., STA 2122  Research-Statistics)

    NOTE: The course numbers of the above prerequisite courses are those used at FIU. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a minimum grade of a “C” in each course and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for all courses taken.

  • Graduate Transfer Credit

    Graduate students may request transfer of credit toward their degree program. There are two types of transfer of credit: Internal Institution Transfer of Credit and External Institution Transfer of Credit.

    The program may accept up to 20% of the required total coursework in graduate credit earned from another institution beyond a bachelor’s degree, subject to approval of the Program Director. Courses considered for external institution transfer credit must be from a CACREP-accredited program. Students must meet with their advisors and make this request for transfer of credit immediately upon acceptance to the program. Read the Official University Policy on Graduate Transfer Credit for conditions of acceptance.

  • Tuition, Scholarships and Graduate Assistantships

Given the unique nature of the field of counseling requiring mastery of cognitive skills and demonstration of relevant and appropriate interpersonal skills, the faculty retains the right to “counsel out” of the program and/or not recommend for internship placement any student whose level of interpersonal competence is considered incompatible with that required for effective functioning as a practitioner in counseling. Every student admitted to the program will be evaluated annually by faculty on the basis of academic performance, behaviors, and dispositions — as expressed by the WORLDS AHEAD acronym:

FIU Counselor Education Student Dispositions

W - Willingness to be committed to the counseling profession
O - Open to feedback & change
R - Responsible, respectful, & ethical
L - Lifelong learner through professional development
D - Dedicated to self-reflection
S - Self-efficacy in counseling knowledge & skills

A - Authentic and genuine with self & others
H - Honest & forthright
E - Empathic
A - Advocate for social justice & equality 
D - Development towards a professional counseling identity 

Once admitted, students are responsible for meeting regularly with their program advisors and tracking their academic progress throughout the program. Students are bound by high ethical standards and a degree can be revoked if academic dishonesty or fraudulence is discovered.


Admission Deadlines

  • Fall semester: March 1st
  • Spring semester: September 1st