Helpful Tips Before You Apply

Welcome! We appreciate your interest in Nova Southeastern University’s Counseling M.S. program and strive to make your admissions experience as smooth as possible. Please review all requirements below. Don’t hesitate to reach us at 954-262-7563 or by email with any questions.

A few tips before you begin:

  • We recommend that you start at least one to two months prior to the application deadline, as the admissions process does take time.
  • All documents submitted to NSU must include your name on every page.
  • Document format must be either Word (.docx, .doc) or Acrobat (.pdf) only

Minimum Core Requirements

Minimum Core Requirements
  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degrees.
  2. Undergraduate or master’s degree in psychology, education, behavioral science, social work, or a related field is preferred, and/or demonstrate aptitude to work in counseling through professional, volunteer, research or personal experience.
  3. Grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or master's degree with overall GPA of 3.0 or better; or total score of 300 or higher on combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years, or other similar measures.
  4. An interview may also be required for your admission to the program.

Follow these Steps to Apply

  1. Complete your online application form.
    Click here for re-admission information.
    To access a step-by-step guide on the application process, click here
  2. Remember to send your non-refundable $50 (USD) application processing fee.
  3. Once your application and processing fee is received, you’ll be able to upload your supplemental documents to “Supplemental Documents” on your user profile.
  4. Upload Personal Statement. The personal statement helps us get to know you beyond the objective data provided in review of your academic transcripts and other requisite information. It also demonstrates your ability to communicate your thoughts in a professional, organized, and succinct manner.
    In five distinct paragraphs (using the questions below as headings for your responses), please tell us in no more than 800 words:
    • Your interest in pursuing your selected concentration offered in the Master’s in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, Applied Behavior Analysis or Substance Abuse Counseling)
    • How this interest is relevant to your career and personal goals
    • Your potential for graduate-level study (e.g., your understanding of the demands of graduate level work and the personal characteristics that you possess that will aid in your success in a masters level program)
    • A specific experience in your life that illustrates your awareness in understanding the importance of and respect for cultural differences; and
    • Your potential for forming effective counseling relationships (e.g., your professional behavior, ethical values, attitude and insight and communication style that would assist you in forming professional helping relationships).
  5. Obtain two academic or professional letters of recommendation. Once your application processing fee has been received, you’ll be able to enter your recommender's email addresses. They will receive an email with a link to your application, where the recommender can fill out the form electronically and upload the recommendation letter.
    Our Department of Counseling team is seeking the recommender's opinion on your:
    • Ability to complete the counseling program
    • Maturity and emotional stability
    • Oral and written communication skills
    • Empathy with or sensitivity to others
    • Ability to work with a diverse clientele
  6. Include official transcripts from all colleges or universities you attended. These need to be mailed directly to Enrollment Processing Services (EPS), including agency evaluation of foreign degrees for determination of U.S. equivalence (including Canadian transcripts).
  7. Submit English proficiency scores. International student applicants should submit English proficiency scores, if applicable. Visit Requirements for Obtaining an I-20 to learn more.
  8. Choosing the School Counseling concentration? If so, you’ll also need to submit this completed Teaching Certificate Requirement Verification Form.

Applying for the non-degree ABA or Advanced ABA concentrations?

Application Deadlines

August (Fall) July 7*
January (Winter) December 1*
May (Summer) March 29*

Your application and supporting materials should be received by the preferred application review date. 

*Please note: Program enrollment may be achieved prior to the deadline date.

Where to Mail Your Transcripts

Nova Southeastern University
Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: College of Psychology
3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Official electronic transcripts must be sent to


What Happens After I Apply?

Checking your Supplemental Items (Application Documents)

  • Login to the Application Portal
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page
  • Select “4. Supplemental Items” (A list of your supplemental items will be listed)

Document Check

Please allow three to five business days for processing if your document has not been marked as received in your application portal. If this time has lapsed, please email with the subject line “Document Check” for an update.2

Application Status

After your application has been submitted (including all supplemental documents), please allow 5-10 business days for a decision to be emailed to you.1 If this time has lapsed, please email with the subject line “Application Status” for an admissions update.2

1All newly submitted admission documents are sent to a centralized university processing center. Depending on the time of year, additional days may be added to the overall processing time.

2If possible, please include your NSU# in your email.


Enrollment Confirmation  

Based on the acceptance communication, all admitted applicants should confirm their Intent to Enroll by clicking here to complete the confirmation form.  Once confirmed, further communication regarding course selection and registration will be sent via email.    

Previously Enrolled? Want to Return To The Program?

Welcome back! We’ll need you to re-apply to the program if any of the below situations apply:

  • You haven’t been enrolled in classes for two consecutive semesters
  • Your GPA was below 3.0
  • You left on a non-approved Leave of Absence
  • You withdrew from the program
  • You were previously dismissed from the program

Readmission: Steps to Apply

You must be in good standing (eligible to return to NSU). Follow the steps below to be considered for re-admission:

  1. If you were academically dismissed from the M.S. Counseling program:
    1. First, review the  M.S. Counseling curriculum
    2. Then, email the Counseling Department Academic Advisor concerning your next steps.
Academic Advisor Counseling Concentration
Daiana Castro
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Orlando Campus)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Tampa Bay Campus)
  • School Counseling
Brenda Levine
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Online)
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Miami Campus)
2. Reapply online by submitting a new NSU graduate admissions application along with your $50 application fee.
3. Submit your Readmission Essay. This essay should explain, in 800 words or less, why you’re interested in returning to graduate school at Nova Southeastern University’s Department of Counseling.

Please include discussion points below:

  • Your original interest in pursuing one of the five specializations offered in the Master’s in Counseling (clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, applied behavior analysis, substance abuse counseling, or substance abuse counseling and education) − and any changes to your initial interest.
  • The challenges you faced that caused time away from the program and the insights you gleaned from that experience.
  • Specific efforts you made towards personal and professional growth that assisted you in overcoming those challenges.
  • How the above efforts will help you successfully complete your graduate program.
  • Any potential barriers you may face as you return to graduate school and your plan to surmount such barriers.

Readmission: Where to Submit Your Application?

Office of Admissions
College of Psychology
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314


Attended another institution since you last enrolled at NSU? 

If yes, send your official transcripts directly to:

Nova Southeastern University Enrollment Processing Services
Attn: College of Psychology
3301 College Avenue P.O. Box 299000
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905

Readmission Deadline Dates

August (Fall) July 1 
January (Winter) November 1
May (Summer) March 1

Questions about Readmission?

If you need more help, please contact our MS Counseling program team at 954-262-5740 during business hours.

Additional Information

  • Readmissions review process takes about 4 weeks once we receive all documents.
  • Dismissed students are ineligible to return until a minimum one-year separation from the program has occurred. Applicants seeking to re-apply should complete the re-application process during the term immediately preceding eligible return date and before deadline.
  • To graduate from this program, your program and cumulative GPA must be 3.0 or higher.

Transfer students must meet the program admissions criteria. Up to six graduate credits may be transferred into this program. The courses that may be transferred into the program will be determined on a case by case basis and must be deemed comparable in level, content and rigor to those within the M.S. in Counseling program.

Get help obtaining your I-20

Our Office of International Students and Scholars page guides you through the requirements to obtain your I-20 and other international admissions details.

Foreign nationals who reside outside the U.S. at the time of application, and whose native language is not English, must present evidence of proficiency in English by satisfactorily completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Score requirements are the same as undergraduate admission and are as follows: minimum paper score =550; minimum computerized score = 213; minimum internet score=79). A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (ILETS) exam is accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institutional equivalence. While there are several credential evaluators, the most widely used companies are listed below or visit

Need to speak with someone directly?

Call our International Student Services team at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240 or email us.

Please note that NSU reserves the right to rescind or place conditions upon admissions offers should information become available that calls into question an admitted student’s academic performance or character, including that which reflects a violation of NSU’s Code of Student Conduct.

NSU’s College of Psychology’s clinical, school, and counseling programs maintain affiliation agreements with health care and community agencies and may also place students within the NSU Psychology Services Center (PSC). These affiliations allow for student clinical training experiences required in the programs. Trainees will be required to undergo Level 2 background and drug screenings.

Please note that the university and affiliate sites have a zero-tolerance policy for drug use. Testing positive for illegal or illicit drugs, including marijuana (even if prescribed or certified by a physician), or a controlled substance for which the individual does not have a prescription, would constitute a failed test and as such, could invalidate the placement/match and result in a referral for further action. (Updated Feb 2022)

It is important to note that many agencies with whom the NSU College of Psychology partners for practicum/internship/post-doctoral residency program placements require that students show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (including recommended boosters).

Not being vaccinated may eliminate some placements as an option and in turn disrupt the sequence of training, delay program progression, and/or timely degree completion.

Questions may be directed to the appropriate program office. (Updated Feb 2022)

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