Apply to the Masters Program
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.
Pocatello programs are all two-year full-time programs. Meridian offers the Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a 3-year part-time program.
To apply to the program, go to Graduate School and click on Graduate Application. The application materials for the Master in Counseling program must be submitted by January 15 to be considered for admission for the following academic year.
- Complete the ISU Graduate School online application.
- Attach a maximum two-page statement of purpose.
- Submit the contact emails for three (3) letters of recommendation.
- NOT REQUIRED FOR THE 2021 APPLICATIONS Taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Preference will be given to scale scores of 40th percentile or more. Request the official scores to be submitted to Graduate School. The GRE or MAT exam is required by the Department of Counseling.
- Have all university transcripts submitted to Graduate School
- Complete an on-campus interview with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee.
Master's 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.
Apply to the Graduate School and Department of Counseling.
NOT REQUIRED FOR 2021 APPLICATIONS
Take Department program required 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.
Applications reviewed by Department of Counseling Admission Committee.
Candidates selected for on-campus interviews notified.
Interview conducted Mid-February (ISU Pocatello).
Interview conducted Early February (ISU-Meridian).
Applicants notified of admission decisions.
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.
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 preset number of students will be admitted according to faculty resources. All applicants admitted into the counseling program will require a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Due to COVID, the GRE or MAT exam will not be required for the the 2021 application.
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.
4. In order to be admitted, applicants are required to complete an interview with the Department of Counseling Admissions Committee. Usually, these interviews will be in person, but students 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 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.
GRE/MAT Testing - THESE EXAMS WILL NOT BE REQUIRED FOR THE 2021 APPLICATIONS
For the GRE, you will register and pay online at www.ets.org/gre. The exam will be in Counseling and Testing Prometric room in Gravely Hall. The testing is kept to 50% capacity now and face covering is required. Additional resources for the GRE.
For the MAT, you will register directly with Counseling and Testing (208-282-4907). The MAT is given in room 251. Face covering is required. Also, it may be a month out to get in to take it. Additional resources for the MAT.
PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Counseling interviews applicants, and admits students yearly during the spring semester for course work beginning the next fall semester.
2020-2021 Master Student Handbook
Program Costs (Subject to Change without Notice)
Application Fees Total - $95
ISU Graduate School $65
ISU Department of Counseling $30
Liability Insurance $15./year
Program/Professional Fee $495/semester
Additional costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, books/learning materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to attend professional conferences.
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) System.
For further information regarding this scholarship, please contact:
Dr. Leslie Stewart firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Randy Astramovich email@example.com
Western Region Graduate Program
The Department of Counseling is part of the Western Region Graduate Programs (WRGP). 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.
Master Program Objectives
The general objective of the Master of Counseling (M.COUN.) degree is to prepare students to be professional counselors. The Department of Counseling faculty believes that the development of a strong professional identity, a rich knowledge base, and expertise in the skills of counseling are essential to functioning as a professional in each counseling setting.
The Master of Counseling degree is designed to be the strong foundation upon which graduates enter a lifetime career in the helping professions. This program prepares counselors to respond to the multitude of changes in society and to the ever-expanding counseling profession. In addition to knowledge and experience in the following eight common-core areas, graduates have specialized knowledge and skills as identified in the objectives of the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling; School Counseling; and Student Affairs Counseling majors.
The Department of Counseling has curricular and professional objectives for each Master of Counseling student. Each of these objectives has specific outcome measures.
- Students will have knowledge of Human Growth and Development in order to understand the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
- Students will have knowledge of Social and Cultural Foundations to be effective in a multicultural and diverse society.
- Students will be knowledgeable and skillful in Counseling and Consultation processes.
- Students will be knowledgeable about group development, dynamics, counseling theory, group counseling methods, and group work approaches.
- Students will be knowledgeable and understand career development and related factors.
- Students will understand and be knowledgeable about individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
- Students will be knowledgeable about various research methods and, statistical analysis, needs assessments and program evaluation.
- Students will be knowledgeable about the profession of counseling including history, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
Student Professional Objectives:
In addition to the above curricular objectives, the Department of Counseling has program specific objectives. These include:
- School Counseling students will obtain certification as school counselors.
- Students in all majors (Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs Counseling) will obtain the appropriate state licensure as professional counselors.