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Application Requirements

School Counseling


The program admits students to begin during the Summer (June) semester only.  The next round of applications will be due December 1, 2024 to begin in Summer 2025.

Thank you for your interest in our MS programs in counseling. During the summer, we have limited live information sessions, so we encourage you to view this recorded information session, which should answer many of your questions:  UTK MS Counseling Information Session. We will offer two live, online information sessions, should you prefer one:
– Monday, June 10, 2024; 6-7pm (Eastern)
– Wednesday, July 17, 2024; 5-6pm (Eastern)

If you are interested in attending a live information session this summer, please contact Kathi Pauling ( for the Zoom link and password.  We will begin twice-monthly live, online information sessions in August, 2024.

MS in Counseling – Application FAQ

Prospective applicants must submit an online application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Please Note: The GRE is not required for applicants to the School Counseling Program.

International applicants should follow instructions in the Admissions Guide for Graduate International Students.

This program admits students to begin in Summer semester only, and all applications must be compete by December 1 to be considered for admission. When you apply, select summer as your entry term.

When you begin your application through Graduate Admissions, you will be prompted to provide the following required materials. The application portal includes specific guidelines for each component.

  • Resumé or Curriculum Vita
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Ethical Integration Statement
  • Transcript(s)
    • An up-to-date electronic version of your original transcript must be uploaded with your online application. This is to expedite your admissions process. If you are admitted into the program, you must have an official copy of your transcripts mailed from your previous/current university directly to UT Graduate Admissions. For help with this process check out the Graduate School page on Transcripts or call Graduate Admissions at 865-974-3251.
  • Three Completed Rating Forms
    • Choose raters who can assess your academic background and likely success in a rigorous program. If you are a recent graduate, you should include one or more faculty members who can attest to your work as a student. Other appropriate raters include work supervisors. Family members and personal friends are not appropriate raters. The application system will prompt your raters to submit their forms directly. At least two of your rating forms must be submitted before your application will be considered complete. It is to your advantage to make sure that all three rating forms are submitted on time.
  • Thinking about Counseling Exercise
  • GRE Revised General Test Scores
    • The program faculty has suspended the GRE requirement for 2024 applications.

Following this process, the faculty will invite a certain number of applicants for a half-day interview to be held in January, 2025. Once a specific date is announced, please hold this interview date when you submit your application; you can expect to hear if you’ve been invited to proceed in the process by end of December, 2024. If you have questions or concerns regarding the interview, please contact us at

Questions regarding the Graduate School application process? Contact Graduate Admissions.

To check on the status of your application to the UT Graduate School, please see information on the Graduate Admissions Application Status page, or call (865) 974-3251.

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Updated 02/09/2024