Admission Requirements

An applicant for admission to the program may be accepted based on one of the following classifications:


Unconditional Admission

  1. Minimum GRE General Scores - Verbal plus Quantitative 300 AND Writing 3.5
  2. Minimum 2.70 cumulative grade point average

Conditional Admission

  1. Minimum GRE General Scores - Verbal plus Quantitative 285 AND Writing 3.5
  2. Minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average or 3.00 senior year GPA

Note: Applicants with GRE scores less than 10 years old, but from the old scoring system will be considered using the old minimums of 980 combined GRE General scores for unconditional admissions and 770 combined GRE General scores for conditional admissions. The grade point average and analytical writing scores remain the same.

Application to the Program

The following materials are required for review by the Counseling Admissions Board (CAB).

  1. Three letters of recommendation from school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate's counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor. Letters must be mailed by the reference.
  2. A two-page, double-spaced typed essay that fully describes the candidate's skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.
  3. A current resumé. The resumé needs to describe fully the candidate's degrees and importantly, the person's occupational experiences—particularly any counseling experiences obtained.
  4. Written acknowledgment of required participation in a 4-day on-campus residency. Students will be notified a semester in advance of their eligibility to participate. Students are responsible for all travel and lodging costs.
  5. Written acknowledgment of teaching experience. Documentation of teaching experience must be provided by the applicant's school system on appropriate letterhead. Applicants without teaching experience must submit a signed Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience form.
  6. Applicants to the Counseling program must provide a current background check to be considered for admission to the program. Please see the Education Student Services web site ( for further information. Please submit the Background Check Release Form with your application packet.

Application to Graduate School includes the following:

  1. Apply for admission on-line at
  2. Submit official transcripts of all colleges and universities attended to Office of Graduate Studies, 227 Administration Building, Martin, TN 38238.
  3. Submit all required documents for review by Counseling Admissions Board. Packet will not be forwarded for review until all materials have been received by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Please submit all counseling documents and admission materials to:


Office of Graduate Studies
The University of TN at Martin
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238


NOTE: Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Counseling Admissions Committee.

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