Admission Requirements

  • Have a BA/BS degree - preferably in psychology or other related behavioral sciences. School counseling students should have some first hand knowledge of the K-12 school system.
  • For both options a course in personality theory and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course that includes Analysis of Variance is required (as of Fall 2016 application statistics will no longer be required as a prerequisite).
  • For both options, a course in personality theory and an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course that includes analysis of variance is required; in addition, a course in abnormal psychology is required for CMHC option. A course in child development and documentation that you have taken the CBEST by the start of your first semester is required for the PPS School Counseling option. Students accepted into the School Counseling track will need to provide evidence of a current and valid Certificate of Clearance.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to have acquired an undergraduate-level of understanding of human development, psychodynamic principles, family/educational systems, cognitive-behavioral applications, and client-centered therapy. This introductory knowledge base may be acquired by enrolling in relevant course-work or by undertaking thoughtful reading on these topics.
  • A 3.00 (B) grade point average. Applicants with an undergraduate GPS below 3.0 should include an explanation of any extenuating circumstances.
  • Completion of Counseling Department application forms in addition to those required by the University.
  • A personal interview and group interview is required for applicants considered for final review. In these interviews, questions may involve personal disclosure deemed relevant by the faculty for determinig the applicant's readiness for beginning training for a career in counseling. All disclosures are held in strict confidence.
  • Departmental admissions committees have found the following criteria meaningful, or even indispensable for applicants:

    a. The ability to handle academic work of graduate-level rigor, generally as evidenced by previous academic performance.
    b. Counseling-relevant work experience (paid or volunteer).
    c. Global personality assessment -- suitability for a career in a helping profession, as evidenced by quality of interview, personal data, autobiography, and letters of recommendation.

  • GRE results are not required for admission to the Masters in Counseling program.
  • CBEST
  • Certificate of Clearance

Application Procedures:

Students are accepted to the Counseling program only once a year. We begin accepting applications October 1. In order to apply to the Counseling Department download our application under the Application Process webpage. The DEADLINE for receipt of all the materials for your file including: the $25.00 fee, the inital application form, the three-page information sheet, three letters of recommendation, any transcripts you have listed on your Initial Application Form (one sealed copy), and a five-page autobiogrpahy is due by January 31. In order to apply to the University, you must submit the California State University (CSU) application and all other documents required to the Admission & Records Office along with the application fee (Admissions and Records).

General Information

Students planning to apply for admission are urged to attend one of the following Information Meetings specifically planned for prospective students. Selection criteria, admission procedures, and registration and advisement procedures will be explained. For information about financial aid, please visit Sonoma State's Financial Aid home page.