College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

How to Apply to the UNI Counseling Program

Information for Applicants

Admission to the UNI Counseling Program is competitive. All faculty members carefully review each candidate's academic records, personal and goal statements, and work or volunteer experience in the counseling or human services field. Based on a numerical rating scale, the counseling faculty select the most qualified candidates based on how many part-time and full-time students we can accommodate.

Prospective students wishing to take courses prior to admission may take only the following courses:

  • COUN 4103/5103 Introduction to Professional Counseling
  • COUN 4105/5105 Counseling Skills
  • COUN 6227 Counseling Theory (OR another course, as approved by your advisor)

*If all of these classes are closed, please contact Dr. Darcie Davis-Gage for appropriate substitutions.

* Please note that no more than 6 hours of coursework taken prior to admission can be counted towards your program of study. If you are taking this class while in undergrad, you cannot count the credits towards both undergrad and graduate school. You can substitute an elective while in the program to make up for those credits. Completion of any of these courses does not guarantee admission to the program.

How to Apply - Admission Requirements

How to Apply for Admission to Coursework PowerPoint

  • Submit to the UNI Office of Admissions:
    1. Official transcripts of all previous graduate and undergraduate credit which will be forwarded to the department from the Admissions Office.

    2. Application for Graduate Admission 
      1. --Be sure to attach the $60.00 check to the application - not necessary for applicants who earned  bachelor's degree from UNI.                                                                                                                                  

    3. Intent to Apply Form (Please submit immediately.)

    4. Three (3) letters of recommendation (.pdf--can be filled out online and then printed out) from professionals who are familiar with your work or volunteer experience. You cannot use personal friends or relatives.

    5. Personal narrative

    6. Resume

    7. Writing Sample (e.g., course project, honors thesis)
      1. Your writing sample should be written in some form of a writing style (e.g., APA, MLA, Chicago).
      2. This paper should be a formal, typed document such as a research paper, literature review, or something closely resembling these documents.

             Admission materials being sent to the Graduate Program in Counseling should be addressed as such:          

             Office of Admissions-Grad Admissions
             002 Gilchrist Hall
             Cedar Falls IA  50614-0018       

   OR send via email


NOTE: the GRE is NOT required.

The University of Northern Iowa requests this information for the purpose of considering your application. No persons outside the University are routinely provided this information, except in terms of directory information such as name and address. Release of any information is governed by Board of Regents rules and applicable state and federal statutes. Responses to items marked "optional" are optional; responses to all other items are required. If you fail to provide the required information, the university may elect not to act on the application.

Evaluation and Admission Process

The Comprehensive Assessment Committee (full-time faculty) will evaluate all candidates in a comprehensive manner and consider the following elements:

  • GPA (ideally 3.00 but exceptions are considered based on other factors)
  • Related work experience
  • Statement of Interest
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Skills
  • Affinity of interest with the counseling field

Based on the aforementioned factors, those pre-selected will be invited for a campus interview for the second evaluation stage.  Faculty and graduate assistants will conduct group interviews to assess the level of interest, motivation, and compatibility of the applicants with the program.  As a final step and no longer than 2-4 weeks, candidates will be informed of the program's decision.  The potential outcomes are: (a) Full admission, (b) Provisional admission, (C) Wait-list placement, or (d) Admission denial.  Communication of the program's decision will be sent via email.


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