We hope the information presented in this chapter has provided you with a clear understanding of the application process as you continue your journey of exploring graduate programs in counseling. Chapter 8 will give you an opportunity to consider what it is like to be a graduate student in a counseling program. Remember, graduate school is a choice, so make the most of your time as a graduate student.

Deciding to attend graduate school, which counseling programs you will apply to, and how to identify your best fit are extremely important decisions that have an impact not only on you, but on those around you as well. You have the opportunity to gain a unique knowledge and skill set from a graduate program that prepares you for an exciting, rewarding career as a professional counselor; but first, you must apply! Good luck in your pursuit!


  • 1. As you think about applying to graduate school, how long might it take you to meet the requirements of the programs you wish to apply to? Who do you have in mind that could write letters of recommendations for you?
  • 2. What are some options to fund your graduate studies?
  • 3. When you think about preparing for the interview, what are some things that you would want the program to know about you outside of what you write in your personal statement?

4. Are you considering part-time or full-time studies? If you had to continue to work while in graduate school, how might you find balance between work and school?


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