Application Requirements

Admissions standards for the online master of arts in Counseling and Guidance and Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness programs are the same as the requirements for the on-campus programs.

We look for candidates who are committed to the promotion of equity and social justice, and hold the appropriate education and experience to succeed in our rigorous online counseling programs. In order to apply, you must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university.

For applicants to the master of arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness program it is helpful to have some experience in the mental health field. This can include paid or volunteer experience in settings such as suicide hotlines, psychiatric centers, crisis centers, etc.

Application Items

A completed application for Counseling@NYU's graduate counseling programs includes the following items:

  • GRE scores are not required for admission.
  • Statement of Purpose: This statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions committee and demonstrate your knowledge and passion for the field. Let us know your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to earning your degree. Specifically, how have your experiences – education, volunteer, and/or work experience – led you to pursue a career in counseling? The statement should be two to three double-spaced pages, and it should explain your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in counseling.
  • Current Resume/CV: Be sure to include all relevant work experience. Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness applicants should include any part- or full-time work experience, or volunteer experiences in clinical settings.
  • Transcripts: Upload copies of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended, including study abroad programs and community colleges, directly into the application. Please note that unofficial transcripts must include the following:
    • Full name of the institution (no abbreviations)
    • Student name
    • Student ID
    • Semesters
    • Course title and grade received
    • Grading scale (if different than 4.0 scale)
    • Level of study
    • Degree conferral date (if degree granted)
    If the unofficial transcripts submitted do not meet the above requirements, you will be required to submit official transcripts. If admitted to the program, you will need to provide official transcripts.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: These two letters should come from academic references who know you and can speak to your academic qualifications in relation to your field of study.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores: These scores are required only if your native language is not English and you did not receive the equivalent of a four-year US undergraduate degree in which the main language of instruction was English. In order to apply for the program, you must have a minimum TOEFL score of 100.
    Please note: All applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents living in the United States for the duration of the program. Students living outside of the United States are not eligible for the program at this time.
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee: A $75 non-refundable application fee is required upon submission of your application and can be paid using any major credit card. If you submit by the priority deadline, the non-refundable application fee will be reduced to $45.

All students enrolled in Counseling@NYU agree to follow the Ethical Standards for School Counselors (American School Counselor Association, 2016) and the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2014) while in training.