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Applying to Duquesne University’s Master’s Counselor Education Programs

The Counselor Education Program offers the Master of Science (M.S.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60 credits), Marriage and Family Counseling (60 credits), School Counseling (60 credits), and School Counseling for Certified Teachers (36 credits). 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 fall and spring semester. The classes are offered during weeknights.

Applicants whose Quality Point Average (QPA) is less than a 3.0 on a 4-point scale for their last degree (e.g., bachelor's or master's) will have their transcripts reviewed by the School of Education to determine if the applicant's QPA is less than a 3.0 for their last 48 credits. If the applicant's QPA is less than a 3.0 for their last 48 credits, then the applicant will be informed by the School of Education that they must submit official scores 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 take the MAT or GRE at any location. To obtain a description of the MAT along with test-taking strategies and a free study guide please visit Pearson Education's website. Students can register for the GRE on the ETS website. There is no minimum required score on the MAT or GRE for the Master's Counselor Education programs, as the Program considers a variety of factors (e.g., QPA, personal statement, recommendations, interview) in their admissions decisions.

There is no minimum QPA for applying to the Master's programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling for Certified Teachers. 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 48 credits (bachelor's or master's).

Application Steps

1. Complete the University Application. International applicants must visit the Office of International Programs for their application and procedures.

2. Complete the Counselor Education Master's Degree Application

3. E-mail the Academic Recommendation to a former or current professor.

4. E-mail the Professional Evaluation and Recommendation form to a professional familiar with you, your academic potential, or work experience. If you cannot access some of these links, such as the Counselor Education Master's Degree Application, the Academic Recommendation 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

The School of Education at Duquesne University will accept an electronic transcript as long as it is from the university's registrar. Electronic transcripts are emailed to Ms. McGinley at: mcginleyk@duq.edu.

Application Deadline for Fall Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education in the fall semester, the university (e.g., contact information and transcript[s]) and program application (e.g., personal statement and recommendations) must be completed by June 1. (In accordance with an inter-university agreement concerning graduate admissions, applicants who receive an admissions offer do not need to accept the offer until April 15th.)

Application Deadline for Spring Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education in the fall semester, the university application (e.g., contact information and transcript[s]) and program application (e.g., personal statement and recommendations) must be completed by October 15.

Status of Application
To check the status of an application, please contact the Counselor Education Program Assistant, Mrs. Beverly Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu/ 412.396.1194.
 

Interview
Applicants will be invited to interview on campus, or applicants may contact Mrs. Beverly Sughrue at sughrueb@duq.edu/ 412.396.1194 to request a phone interview if they do not reside within the region.
 
International Applicants - Additional Application Steps

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:

TOEFL IELTS
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