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Admissions Requirements

To be considered for admission to graduate study in the master's programs, the applicant is required to present evidence of scholastic ability, interest in the area of psychology and counseling, personal stability, and strong character. Minimum requirements include a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  1. Complete online application form. (Non degree seeking students click HERE)
  2. Non refundable application fee of US $50
  3. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. Official transcripts from all schools attended and/or agency evaluation of foreign degree.
  4. An undergraduate or masters 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.
  5. A grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework or a master's degree with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better; or a total score of 300 or higher on the combined verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years, or other similar measures.
  6. 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 5 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).

  7. Two academic or professional letters of recommendation
    • The Department of Counseling would like the recommender's opinion on the applicant's:
      • 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
  8. English proficiency score (if applicable)
  9. An interview may be required for admission to the program.
  10. Candidates must have a minimum of a Master’s degree in Education, Psychology and/or ABA from a regionally accredited institution to apply for the non-degree ABA or Advanced ABA concentrations.

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.

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

International students are encouraged to contact the Office of International Affairs at (954) 262-7240 or 800-541-6682, ext. 27240, or by email at

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.
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