Admissions Guide

Admissions Checklist

Ready to earn you Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision? Complete the online Graduate School Application.

During the application, you will be asked to complete the following tasks and upload the following documents:

1. Graduate School Application Fee

  • Domestic Students: A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • International Students: A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.

2. Official Transcripts
You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript.

  • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.
  • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.

3. Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
You must upload into the online application system a 3-5 page, double-spaced paper that addresses the following topics:

  • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations;
  • Evidence of commitment to the counseling profession;
  • Competencies and experiences related to the program (e.g., counseling skills and experience, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, program development experience);
  • Evidence of motivation, leadership and strong work ethic;
  • Knowledge, competencies and experience related to research;
  • Research interests;
  • Evidence of experience with diversity and, if applicable, fluency in languages other than English; and
  • Professional experiences that support application.

The paper is to be well written and thoughtfully presented.

For resources to help writing the paper, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL).

An additional writing sample(s) that is independently authored may be submitted as part of the application process (e.g., graduate course paper, thesis, published article).

4. Scholarly Writing Sample (Replaces the GRE requirement)
An important aspect of doctoral work is to advance and apply scholarship on educational issues within the context of the academic program. For the purpose of this application, please consider a complex issue related to counselor education and supervision that you find important and compelling, and develop a scholarly essay (approximately 5-8 pages) which includes:

  • An overview of the issue you’ve chosen to explore (e.g., research, practice, ethical, cultural considerations);
  • A presentation of the current state of knowledge in the literature related to the issue (citing sources as appropriate); and,
  • Conclude with a possible interpretation of the critical issue from at least two different perspectives, including a first stab at the potential for future research on the topic. How could you further study this issue?

The essay should be uploaded as a Microsoft Word document or PDF file, double-spaced, formatted in APA (6th ed.) style, and include a minimum of 5 scholarly (peer-reviewed) sources.

The essay will be assessed according to the following elements: overview of the issue, incorporation of existing literature, interpretation of the critical issue, articulation of future research ideas, and overall coherence and readability.

5. Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are needed from college or university educators and/or colleagues or supervisors who are qualified to address your professional skills and your potential for success in the graduate program. Enter the names and email addresses of the recommenders into the appropriate area in the online application.

6. A Professional Resume or Vitae
You must upload into the online application system a professional resume/vitae that includes previous academic degrees, past and present employment, professional activities and roles and other pertinent information.

7. An Interview
An interview with faculty members in this program may be requested before an admission decision is made (e.g., phone, video conference, on campus).

8. English Language Proficiency
To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System – academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Applications are accepted throughout the year.

International Students: The online application, application fee, test scores, transcripts, financial documents and all required application materials need to be submitted by the following dates:

  • Jan. 1 for fall (August) enrollment
  • Aug. 1 for spring (January) enrollment
  • Dec. 1 for summer (June) enrollment


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