Apply to the Master’s Program
Application Deadline: January 15
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.
Where do I apply for the program?
To apply to the program, go to the Graduate School website and click on Graduate Application.
What are the degree programs and length of time to complete?
Pocatello programs are all two-year full-time programs. Meridian offers a clinical mental health counseling as a 3-year part-time program.
What are the 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 meet a common set of minimal admissions standards. These standards include:
- GPA (last 60 credits) 3.0 - 4.0 - 40th Percentile in at least one area of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or 40th Percentile in the Millers Analogy Test (MAT).
- GPA (last 60 credits) 2.5 - 2.999 - Combined Verbal and Quantitative (V+Q) score of 300 on GRE or 45th Percentile on the MAT.
- GPA (last 60 credits) below 2.499 - No admission
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.
PLEASE NOTE: The Department of Counseling interviews applicants, and admits students yearly during the spring semester for course work beginning the next fall semester.
Is your program available on-line?
No. All classes are on campus.
Is an official transcript required if I graduated from ISU?
Yes. The Graduate School will contact Registration for this transcript.
Are there Scholarships available?
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 email@example.com
Dr. Randy Astramovich firstname.lastname@example.org
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'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.
Take 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.
Program Costs (Subject to Change without Notice)
ISU Graduate School $65
ISU Department of Counseling $30
Liability Insurance $15./year
Program/Professional Fee $495/semester
This money is used to fund materials and supplies, equipment associated with classrooms, lab, and clinic rooms, departmental equipment such as computers and software, and support for faculty and student research including the dissemination of research findings.
Additional costs include, but are not necessarily limited to, books/learning materials, graduation fees, and registration fees to attend professional conferences.
General Residency Requirement
For the Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) degree, the student is required to complete the equivalent of at least four full semesters of resident graduate study beyond the bachelor's degree. The minimum for each program must total 60 semester hours.
1440 E. Terry Street
Garrison Hall, Bld 63
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
921 South 8th Ave., Stop 8120
Pocatello, ID 83209-8120
Mailing and Physical Address:
Meridian Health Science Center
1311 East Central Drive
Meridian, ID 83642
Dr. Judith Crews