Admission Requirements

Enrollment in the School Counseling program is open to any qualified individual who meets the admissions standards. All candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree (any undergraduate major)
  • Have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
    NOTE: The MTEL exam is not required for admission in to the School Counseling program, however priority preference will be given to completed applications that include the official scores from the MTEL Literacy and Communication sections demonstrating both have been successfully passed. Matriculated students must pass the MTEL Communication and Literacy Skills exam prior to enrollment in the practicum.

Candidates for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8; 5-12) must meet the following standards:

  • Prior to enrollment in the practicum, submit evidence of passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills. NOTE: The School Counseling program is state-approved for the Massachusetts Initial License for School Guidance Counselor (PreK-8 or 5-12). Candidates who complete the state-approved program and thereby earn a first Initial License, are eligible for licensure reciprocity with the approximately 24 other states that are parties to the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract.
  • For the most current information concerning Commonwealth of Massachusetts teacher licensure, candidates may wish to contact the Commonwealth’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education: Bureau of Teacher Preparation Certification and Placement, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023, 781-338-3000 / www.doe.mass.edu

Candidates for the Master of Arts in School Counseling are to note the following:

  • All documents, transcripts and other papers submitted for admission become the property of the College and will not be returned.
  • As stated in the Assumption College Graduate Student Handbook, students may request review for transferring up to 6 credits of graduate course work taken at an outside institution, which may count towards the master’s degree program in School Counseling; however, the request does not guarantee approval. A review of objectives, credits, content and the age of the course are all considered. Students interested to transfer credits should speak with the SCP Director for more information. Syllabi from the semester and year that the course was taken will be required along with the official transcript from that institution. 
  • A student is not officially admitted or denied admission until he/she has been notified by the Director of Graduate Enrollment. Applicants are notified of their status in writing via a letter mailed to the address indicated on their application.
  • After official notification of acceptance, application and transcripts are kept on file for one year. If the candidate has not matriculated within that year, he/she ordinarily reapplies and is subject to the rules and regulations that are in effect at the time of the new application.   
  • There is no conditional admission into the School Counseling Graduate program
  • There is no wait list for admission into the School Counseling Graduate program
  • A student may be accepted and defer their start date after a deposit has been received for one semester up to but not exceeding one academic year.  Deferment beyond one year will require a new application as space cannot be held or guaranteed given the competitive pools of applications received.
  • Students that are denied admissions may choose to re-apply in a future year, if they choose. A new application will be required subject to the rules and regulations that are in effect at the time of the new application.  Resumes reflecting updated engagement and experiences are recommended, but do not guarantee admissions.
  • Incomplete applications are kept on file for no more than one year.
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that, prior to attending classes, graduate students must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, Hepatitis B and meningitis. For specific information call the Graduate Medical Secretary 508-767-7507.