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Application Requirements and Procedure

For further information you may contact the Counselor Education Program at (412) 396-1194.

There are 4 steps in the process to apply to the Counselor Education Program:

1) Complete the University's Online, Pre-Screening Application by selecting "Apply to Duquesne" on the left hand side of this webpage.

2) Submit all Official Undergraduate Transcripts, and Graduate Transcripts if you have taken graduate classes, to:

School of Education Graduate Office
Duquesne University
600 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Duquesne's School of Education accepts electronic transcripts as long as they from the University's Registrar.

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: http://psychcorp.pearsonassessments.com/haiweb/Cultures/en-US/site/Community/PostSecondary/Products/MAT/mathome.htm. Students can register for the GRE at: http://www.ets.org/gre/revised_general/register.

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.

3) Submit Screening Materials to the Counselor Education Program. Once applicants complete the University's Online-Pre-Screening Application, and their official transcripts are received, they will be mailed a paper application by the Counselor Education Program which includes the Screening Materials. The Screening Materials include:

• 1 professional recommendation form;
• 1 personal recommendation form;
• resume that outlines pertinent experience (could be job or volunteer related);
• personal statement that includes the applicant's goals for the counseling profession.

The Screening Materials are to be submitted to:

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

4) Small Group Interview. Once the above information is received, applicants may be invited to a small group structured student interview. 

Application Deadlines for Fall Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education during the Fall 2014 semester, the university on-line application must be completed by March 1 and the Screening Materials must be received by March 10. Applications may be accepted beyond this date if there remain openings in the respective master's programs.

Application Deadlines for Spring Admissions Cycle

To enter the master's program in counselor education, on-line applications must be completed by October 1 and the Screening Materials must be received by October 15. Applications may be accepted beyond this date if there remain openings in the respective master's programs.

International Students

Duquesne University requires submission of TOEFL or IELTS scores for all non-native English speaking applicants. 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

Scores for the TOEFL or the IELTS are to be submitted to:

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