Application for Master of Counseling Program
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted for the 2017-2018 year beginning September 1, 2016.
To apply to
the program, please go to http://www.isu.edu/apply/
and click on Graduate Application for Spring, Summer, Fall
The Pocatello two year Master's degree programs are:
- Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- School Counseling
- Student Affairs Counseling
The Meridian three year Master's degree program is:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Requirements for Admission
The applicant will need to:
- Have a
bachelor's degree from a college or university
accredited in the United States or its equivalent from a
school in another country. (Must complete degree before
onset of classes in the Fall semester in year of
- Meet the
guidelines for admission set forth by the Graduate
School and the Department of Counseling. Those
individuals meeting both criteria will be invited for an
interview. The minimum master's level standards are:
(last 60 credits)
3.0 to 4.0
40th Percentile on at least one area of the GRE or 40th Percentile on the MAT
2.5 to 2.999
Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V + Q) score of 300 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT
NOTE: The method of calculating an Admission GPA is based on the last 60± semester undergraduate credits (90± quarter credits), using complete semesters (quarters). In the case of those students who have not completed the baccalaureate degree, the grade point average will be calculated on the last 60 credits at the time of application. If the applicant does not meet both GPA and percentile requirements, but meets one of the parameters, they can be admitted with performance requirements.
- Prospective students are expected to come to campus (Pocatello or Meridian) for an in-person interview. Selected applicants will be interviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee as part of the admissions procedure. Ultimately, one's GPA and test scores qualify one to take part in the in-person interview process.
NOTE: The Department of Counseling interviews
applicants, and admits students yearly during the spring
semester for course work beginning the next fall semester.
Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students
The Department of Counseling at Idaho State University actively seeks to attract, retain, and serve the needs of underrepresented minority students as well as disadvantaged students. To that end, we have scholarships available to assist disadvantaged students to address the considerable financial barriers associated with graduate studies in counseling. Students who qualify could be awarded partial to full tuition funding through our scholarship program. In addition, applicants eligible under the Western Regional Graduate Programs exchange are eligible for in state tuition.
Region Graduate Program
As of the 2016-2017 school year, the Department of Counseling is now part of the WRGP (Western Region Graduate Programs). The WRGP is a consortium of states that agree to substantially discount out of state tuition for graduate students from these states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible for consideration.
of Counseling Program Goals and Objectives
Master of Counseling Program Goals and Objectives
general objective of the Master of Counseling (M.COUN.)
degree is to prepare students to be professional counselors.
The Department of Counseling faculty believe that the
development of a strong professional identity, a rich
knowledge base, and expertise in the skills of counseling
are essential to functioning as a professional in each
Master of Counseling degree is designed to be the strong
foundation upon which graduates enter a lifetime career in
the helping professions. This program prepares counselors to
respond to the multitude of changes in society and to the
ever-expanding counseling profession. In addition to
knowledge and experience in the following eight common-core
areas, graduates also have specialized knowledge and skills
as identified in the objectives of the Marriage, Couple and
Family Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; School
Counseling; and Student Affairs Counseling majors.
of Counseling has curricular and professional objectives for
each student. Each of these objectives has specific outcome
- Students will have knowledge of human growth and development so that they can understand the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
- Students will have knowledge of social and cultural foundations to be effective in a multicultural and diverse society.
- Students will be knowledgeable and skillful in counseling and consultation processes.
- Students will be knowledgeable about group development, dynamics, counseling theory, group counseling methods, and group work approaches.
- Students will be knowledgeable and understand career development and related factors.
- Students will understand and be knowledgeable about individual and group approaches to Assessment and Evaluation.
- Students will be knowledgeable about various Research Methods and basic Statistics.
- Students will be knowledgeable about the profession of counseling including history, organizational structures, ethics, standards and credentialing.School counseling students will obtain certification as school counselors.
In addition to the above curricular objectives, the
Department of Counseling has program wide objectives. These
School counseling students will obtain certification as
Students in all majors (Marriage, Couple, and Family
Counseling; Clinical Mental
Health Counseling; School Counseling; and Student
Affairs Counseling) will obtain the appropriate state licensure.
applicants who have submitted all materials on or before the
application deadline will have their material reviewed by
the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee to
determine status as a competitive, qualified applicant. Due
to the competition for limited seats in the Master of
Counseling program, satisfactory completion of the entry
level requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
Selected applicants will
be interviewed by the Department of Counseling Admissions
Committee as part of the admissions procedure. The
Admissions Committee will make the final decision regarding
admission. This decision will be based on grade point and
test score rankings as well as the Committee’s impression of
the applicant’s interpersonal style and compatibility of
personality with the program’s training philosophy.
Conditions for Retention/Dismissal
Counseling faculty are confident that each student admitted
has the potential to be successful in graduate study.
Success in course work, clinical practice, case
presentations, comprehensive exams, oral exam, and enactment
of the core dispositions are examples of continuation
standards within the Department. Such successes facilitate
students’ progress toward completing a degree in the
Department of Counseling. However, admission into the
counseling program does not guarantee success.
Faculty expect students to fully engage in all aspects of
the learning environment, showing openness to new
experiences and risk taking necessary to develop as a person
and professional counselor. The student’s major advisor
plays an integral role in giving feedback to a student thus
providing opportunities for continued growth and
development. Engagement in all aspects of the academic
experiences developed by faculty in the Department exemplify
professional competence and will increase the probability of
successful completion of the program.
Department of Counseling faculty members have a professional
responsibility to serve as gatekeepers for the counseling
profession. Counseling is a discipline that requires active
and complex gatekeeping to protect the public welfare of our
communities. In particular, gatekeeping refers to the
responsibility of all counselors, counselor educators, and
student counselors, to intervene with counselor trainees,
supervisees, professional colleagues, and supervisors who
engage in behavior that could threaten the welfare of those
receiving counseling services. This responsibility is
mandated in the ethical standards of both the American
Counseling Association (ACA) and the National Board for
Certified Counselors (NBCC) by specifying that counselors
must act to rectify the problematic condition through
appropriate organizational and professional channels (ACA,
2014, Section F.5.; NBCC, 2005, Section A; McAdams &
site supervisors, and doctoral students systematically
discuss and evaluate students’ progress in the program. When
impediments are identified the student will be informed
verbally and in writing. Impediments
may include, but are not limited to, those offered by
Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995):
- inability to be open, flexible, positive and cooperative
- unwilling to accept and use feedback
- unaware of impact on others
- inability to deal with conflict and accept personal responsibility
- inability to express feelings effectively and appropriately
above examples are also found in the description of the Core
Dispositions. If others (i.e., faculty, doctoral level
supervisors, and site supervisors) have made similar
observations, the Department Chairperson, major advisor, or
other faculty will initiate a meeting with the student to
discuss the apparent impediment to progress toward
professional competence. Remedies and expected behavior
changes will be discussed and outlined in written and verbal
Students will be given specific feedback on the
nature of their impediment(s) as well as steps to remove this
barrier(s) to progress toward professional competency when
appropriate. In many instances a Professional Progression
Plan (PPP) will be crafted to provide clear and specific
ways the student can improve and continue to progress in the
program. However, in more extreme cases (e.g., student poses
a potential harm to self or others), faculty may choose to
remove the student from the program without a PPP. In such
cases, faculty will meet to discuss the student’s failure to
meet continuation standards (i.e., retention requirements)
and a vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by
Graduate School policy.
PPP represents a formal agreement between the Department and
student who has been identified as having impediments to
their progress as a counselor in training. Upon receipt of
the PPP the student will review the plan and provide their
signature indicating an understanding of the requirements
expected and as agreement to meet the requirements described
within. A student who chooses not to sign the PPP should
understand this will initiate a faculty meeting to discuss
the student’s failure to meet continuation standards, and a
vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by Graduate
School policy. The Chairperson will inform the student of
the appeals process.
The PPP represents a formal agreement between the Department and student who has been identified as having impediments to their progress as a counselor in training. Upon receipt of the PPP the student will review the plan and provide their signature indicating an understanding of the requirements expected and as agreement to meet the requirements described within. A student who chooses not to sign the PPP should understand this will initiate a faculty meeting to discuss the student’s failure to meet continuation standards, and a vote for dismissal will be entertained, guided by Graduate School policy. The Chairperson will inform the student of the appeals process.
a master’s student can be initiated in a variety of
circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
- Dismissal will occur when students
violate the criteria established by the Graduate
School (See Withdraw or Dismissal in the Graduate
- Dismissal for failure to meet continuation standards related to academic and clinical competency will occur when a student:
- Earns a B- or below in COUN 6696 Prepracticum Counseling Techniques,
- OR earns a B- or below in COUN 6621 Counseling Ethics,
- OR six credits at or below 2.7 (B- or below),
- OR below a 3.0 GPA (B),
- Or when
students earn less than 3.0 (B) in Practicum COUN 6697
or Internship COUN 6698.
students earning a 2.7 (B-) or below in clinical
coursework must petition and gain approval from the
graduate faculty in the department in order to continue
in the program. The Department
of Counseling follows the Appeal Process detailed in
Dismissals section of the ISU Graduate Catalog
Due to the nature of the program, students can
be dismissed for professional competence concerns (i.e.,
unrelated to success with course assignments and grades).
The American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014)
requires counselor educators provide remediation and/or
dismissal from counseling programs when “they become aware
of limitations that might impede performance” or when
students are unable to demonstrate “they can provide
competent counseling services to a range of diverse clients
(6.f.b.).” As stated above, gatekeeping is an ethical
mandate for counselor educators and designed to protect
counselors in training and their current and future clients.
Professional competence concerns that could lead to
dismissal include, but are not limited to, impairment
described by Frame and Stevens-Smith (1995), academic dishonesty, ethical
violations, lack of professional comportment, personal
attitudes or value systems that conflict with effective
counseling relationships, and personal concerns or
In all cases of dismissal, the student will be notified in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested, that he/she is dismissed and must be told in the document that he/she has the right to appeal according to the Idaho State University Graduate policy.
includes, but is not limited to, cheating and plagiarism.
For the complete statement on academic dishonesty, please
refer to the current ISU Graduate Catalog at http://coursecat.isu.edu/graduate/.
Examples of ethical violations include, but are not limited
to, the improper use of technology, failure to secure
informed consent, and breach of confidentiality. Lack of
professional comportment, includes but is not limited to, a
lack of engagement in course requirements, issues within
interpersonal relationships with peers, doctoral students
and faculty, and inappropriate use of power with clients and
other students. The faculty believe the enactment of the
core dispositions embodies the values of the counseling
profession and deficiencies in these areas could lead to
dismissal. All students are encouraged to seek counseling
and attend to their mental health. A student’s unwillingness
to attend to intra- or inter-personal impediments
contributing to impairment may lead to dismissal.
is continuous from the start to graduation.
Minimum Time Line
of Counseling Program applications will be accepted
through January 15. A secondary admissions process may be
conducted if the program has not filled with high quality
applicants. Please contact the Department of Counseling
for more information.
- Take GRE or MAT examination. December 1 is the latest advisable time to take either test. Advanced registration is required for GRE and MAT, and the processing time required for ISU to receive test results is approximately six weeks.
|Apply to Graduate School and Department
Counseling, go to http://www.isu.edu/apply/
|Applications reviewed by Department of
Counseling Admission Committee.
||Candidates selected for
Interview conducted Mid-February (ISU Pocatello).
Interview conducted Early February (ISU-Meridian).
||Applicants notified of admission
||Secondary admissions process may be
||Notify alternates of admission (if
New Graduate Student Surveys Sent/Returned.
Advisor Assignment Letter Sent.
Registration for Fall Semester Courses.
Program Costs (Subject to Change Without Notice)
ISU Graduate School $60.00
ISU Department of Counseling $30.00
Current course fee costs for
resident, non-resident and summer sessions
are listed in both the ISU Graduate
and the Class Schedule http://www.isu.edu/class_schedule.shtml
Liability Insurance $15.00/year
costs include, but are not necessarily limited to,
materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to
attend professional conferences.