Master's Admissions—U.S. Students

Master's degree application deadlines

  • Jan. 15 for ensuing summer and fall semester
  • May 15 for fall admission
  • Sept. 15 for spring admission

Applicants for the fall semester are encouraged to meet the Jan. 15 application deadline in order to receive admission offers early and to apply for assistantships or campus employment.

Admissions process

Graduate admissions to Western Michigan University's Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology is a two-part process.

Part A - Application for graduate admission

  1. Application submission: Complete the online application for graduate admission. A printable version of the application for graduate admission is available on the Graduate Admission website or by calling (269) 387-2000. Sign the application and submit it along with the $40 payment. If you complete the printable paper application, you will need to send two copies to the department.
  2. Transcripts: A complete set of transcripts from each college or university you have attended, except WMU.

    Send Part A to:
    Office of Admissions
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5211 USA

Graduate Admissions will send a letter to domestic students if there is missing information.

Part B: CECP departmental application materials

Departmental application material submission includes the following. Forms for items 1-3 below are part of the application materials or you can call (269) 387-5100 for a paper copy.

  1. Master's program application.
  2. Master's program option choice.
  3. Three recommendations on department forms.
  4. Professional goals statement: On no more than two typewritten, double-spaced pages, write an essay discussing your professional goals. Give attention to work with racial or ethnic minorities and diverse populations throughout your essay.

    Include:
    1. Your reason for wanting to be in a specific program.
    2. Your professional goals as they relate to that program.
    3. An assessment of your personal assets and liabilities.
    4. Life experiences that might be useful in your work as a helping professional, including your work with racial or ethnic minorities and diverse populations.
  5. Resume: On no more than two pages include standard elements of a resume, including educational and paid work experiences, and identify and clearly label all volunteer human services experiences and starting and ending dates.

    Send Part B to:
    Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
    1903 W Michigan Ave
    Western Michigan University
    Kalamazoo MI 49008-5226 USA

    You may also drop off Part B in person to: 3521 Sangren Hall.

GRE scores: Are not required as part of the application for admission to a CECP master's program. GRE scores are required as part of the application for admission to a CECP doctoral program.

On-campus interview: Applicants may be interviewed as a final step in the application process. Update the department regarding any changes of address or telephone numbers.

Admission notification: You should receive your admission correspondence three to four weeks after the application deadline.

For more information: Email ask-wmu@wmich.edu or cecp-info@wmich.edu.