Application Process

Candidates may submit their application to the Graduate Office by the specified deadlines during the year. The completed application will be forwarded to the program office for review by the School Counseling program Admissions Committee. Candidates will be informed of their decision in writing through the Graduate School office.

A complete application includes the following:

  • An application form and $30 application fee (fee is waived for Assumption matriculated students or alumni/ae);
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate records;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. These letters must be professional in nature, and therefore, personal and family references will not be considered. Applicants should focus all 3 letters on references to support key aspects of a rigorous graduate training program. Letters should speak directly to the applicant’s skills or knowledge base relative to the role of a school counselor, any work with children and adolescents, evidenced based practices as a professional counselor, and/or aptitude for success in a professional graduate training program. Recommendations may be submitted using the recommendation form;
  • An updated, complete resume detailing the candidate’s academic and work experiences;
  • A personal essay describing the academic preparation, work experiences, and skills that the candidate brings to this graduate program, what he or she hopes to accomplish academically, and his or her professional goals. Applicants are encouraged to focus their personal statement on why they are interested in pursuing the career field of school counseling and how this training program will assist them to achieve their goals. Other relevant information beyond what is included in the application to support why the applicant is interested is welcomed. Statements should be no more than 2 pages, typed;
  • A copy of teacher certification documents if the candidate already holds a license/ certificate in Massachusetts or another state;
  • An interview is required for admission into the program. Once the application is complete and forwarded to the program office, the School Counseling program office will contact the applicant to arrange an interview.

Prior to enrollment in the practicum, students must submit evidence of passing scores on the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) Communication and Literacy Skills. For more information, please view our admission requirements.

Note:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required;
  • The School Counseling admissions committee reserves the right to request additional material in support of the candidate's application.
  • Once accepted, and to reserves a space in the program, the student is required to submit a $200 deposit for matriculation. 

Candidates for admissions to the program should note the following:

  • All documents, transcripts, and other papers submitted for admission become the property of Assumption College and will not be returned.
  • Courses taken by correspondence will not satisfy prerequisite or program requirements.
  • A candidate is not officially admitted or rejected until he or she has been notified in writing by the Director of Graduate Enrollment Management and Services.
  • After official notification of acceptance, the candidate’s application and transcripts are kept on file for one year. If the candidate has not matriculated by the end of a year, he or she ordinarily reapplies to the program and is subject to the rules of the new application.
  • Incomplete dossiers are kept on file no longer than one year.
  • The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires that students must be immunized against measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, Hepatitis B, and meningitis. For specific information, call the Graduate Medical Secretary at 508-767-7507.