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Application Procedures

The Counselor Education Program offers the Master of Science (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. Each program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) (the Clinical Mental Counseling Program is currently accredited by CACREP as a Community Counseling Program, and the program is in the process of applying for accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program). Incoming students are eligible for a 25% discount on tuition and fees throughout the master's program as long as they complete 6 credits for each and spring semesters. The classes are offered during weeknights.

The applicant's transcript must show a quality point average (QPA) equivalent of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale for either their last degree (bachelors or master's), or their last 48 credits. Upon applying the University calculates the applicant's QPA and notifies applicants if their QPA is below a 3.0.

If the applicant's QPA is below 3.0 he or she must submit an official score for either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). For the GRE, students can take the general exam; no subject tests are required. Students can arrange to take the MAT at any location, and the MAT is offered at Duquesne University's Counseling Center (412-396-4194). To obtain a description of the MAT along with test-taking strategies and a free study guide please visit Pearson Education's website. http://psychcorp.pearsonassessments.com/haiweb/Cultures/en-US/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/MAT/mathome.htm. Students can register for the GRE the ETS website.   

In accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), applicants to the Master's program in School Counseling must have a QPA of at least 2.8 in their last degree program (bachelor's or master's). There is no minimum QPA for applying to the Master's programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling.

Application & Procedures

1. Complete the University Online Application. If you are an international student, please visit the Office of International Programs for their application and procedures.
2. Complete the Online Master's Degree Application
3. E-mail the Academic Recommendation to a former or current employer.
4. E-mail the Professional Evaluation and Recommendation to a professional familiar with you, your academic potential, or work experience. If you cannot access some of these links, such as the Master's Degree Online Application, the Academic Evaluation form, or the Professional Evaluation form, we recommend that you try using an alternative browser such as Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome, and obviously please ask your recommenders to do so as well. If you continue to have problems, please contact Mrs. Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu.
5. Mail official transcripts for all undergraduate study to:

Mrs. Kelly McGinley
Graduate Office
Duquesne University
School of Education
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Application Deadlines for Fall Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education during the Fall 2015 semester, the university on-line application and screening materials must be completed by March 1. Applications beyond the deadline date may be considered depending upon availability within the program. Please contact Mrs. Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu/412-396-1194 to determine if the program will be accepting applications beyond the established deadline.

Application Deadlines for Spring Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education, on-line applications and the screening materials must be completed by October 15. Applications may be accepted beyond this date if there remain openings in the respective master's program.  Please contact Mrs. Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu/412-396-1194 to determine if the program will be accepting applications beyond the established deadline.

6. Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants or applicants who have not a received a bachelor's or master's degree in the United States. Additionally, the English as a Second Language Program conducts a review of each matriculated student upon arrival to determine individual needs for English instruction to support success in his/her chosen degree program.

The University requires the following minimum scores in each area to be considered for admission.

TOEFL: a minimum of 80 on the Internet-based Test (iBT) with no sub-score less than 17, or 550 on the paper-based test

IELTS: a minimum of 6.5 with no sub-score less than those listed for each area

Minimum required subscores:

Reading 17 6.5
Writing 17 5.5
Speaking 17 5.5
Listening 17 6.0

7. Scores for the TOEFL and the IELTS are to be submitted to:

Mrs. Beverly Sughrue
Counselor Education Program Assistant
Duquesne University
School of Education
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

To check the status of an application, please contact the Counselor Education Program Assistant, Mrs. Beverly Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu / 412-396-1194.

Applicants will be invited to interview on campus, or applicants may contact Mrs. Sughrue to request a phone interview if they do not reside within the region.

All new students are required to participate in an orientation program prior to entering the program.