Counseling Department

Application for Master of Counseling Program

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications for the Masters in Counseling Program are due by January 15, 2018.

Application/Admission Requirements
In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete the interview process with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Generally, preference for interviews is given to prospective students who meet all of the requirements. Interviews are on-campus but student may request other accommodations under extraordinary circumstances. The Admissions Committee will make the final decisions regarding admission. This decision will be based on grade point average 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 and written statement.

Admission to the Department of Counseling master program is competitive; satisfactory completion of the entry-level Graduate School requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Where do I apply for the program?
To apply to the program and Graduate School, go to https://isu.edu/apply/ and click on Graduate Application.

Materials that will need to be uploaded along with the application:

What are the degree programs and length of time to complete?
Pocatello programs are all two year full-time programs:

Meridian is a three year part-time program:

What are the requirements for admission?

The applicant will need to:

  1. 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 acceptance.)
  2. Admission into the counseling program is competitive. A present number of students will be admitted according to faculty resources. All applicants admitted into the Counseling Program will meet a common set of minimal admission standards. These standards are:

    (last 60 credits)

    Standardized Test

    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

    Below 2.499  

    No Admission

    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.

  3. Only 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Counseling interviews applicants, and admits students yearly during the spring semester for course work beginning the next fall semester.

Is the program available on-line?
No. All classes are on campus.

Is an official transcript required if I graduated from ISU?
Yes. The Graduate School will contact Registration for this transcript.

Are there scholarships available?

HRSA 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. The application can be found on the ISU Bengal Online Scholarship System (BOSS).

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Leslie Stewart  stewlesl@isu.edu
Dr. Randy Astramovich 

Western Region Graduate Program
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.

Application Schedule:

Masters of Counseling program applications will be accepted through January 15. A secondary admissions process may be conducted if the program has not filled all available seats with high quality applicants. Please contact the Department of Counseling for more information.

August 15-
January 15
Apply to Graduate School and Department of
December 1
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.
January 15-
February 1
Applications reviewed by Department of Counseling Admission Committee.
Early February:
Candidates selected for on-campus interviews
Interview conducted Mid-February (ISU Pocatello).
Interview conducted Early February (ISU-Meridian).
Late February:
Applicants notified of admission decisions.
April 15:
Secondary admissions process may be conducted.
Notify alternates of admission (if applicable).
New Graduate Student Surveys Sent/Returned.
Advisor Assignment Letter Sent.
Registration for Fall Semester Courses.

Program Costs (Subject to Change Without Notice)

Application Fees:

ISU Graduate School            $60.00

ISU Department of Counseling    $30.00

Tuition & Course Fees

See Finance and Administration for current tuition and other fees.

Program Fees:
Liability Insurance        $15.00/year
Program Fee            $495.00/semester

This money is used to fund materials and supplies, equipment associated with classrooms, lab, and clinic rooms, departmental equipment such as computers and software, and support for faculty and student research including the dissemination of research findings.

Additional costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, books/learning materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to attend professional conferences.



    Last Modified: 11/02/17