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Counseling Program

Department of Counseling and Human Services

Master's Degree

Get a jumpstart on completing your degree - apply to start in summer!

Students are admitted into the counseling program once a year to begin classes in either the Summer or Fall semesters. To be considered for Summer or Fall enrollment, the admission deadline is January 31st.

Applicants to East Tennessee State University's graduate program in Counseling must:

  • be a graduate of a regionally accredited college or university. We also welcome applications from international students.
  • complete an application.
  • submit an official transcript of all academic work previously completed.
  • submit three letters of reference.

Good news! The GRE is no longer required for addmission into our counseling program!

ALL materials should be submitted directly to Graduate Studies.

After a review of the application materials, applicants whose documents indicate a potential for success may be orientationinvited for an interview with the counseling program faculty. Interviews typically take place in March and April. Because of the importance of interpersonal characteristics in the field of counseling, the interview is a significant component of the admission process. After interviews, candidates will receive a letter regarding admission.

Please note that due to Tennessee State requirements School Counseling admits will be conditional until the submission of an approved background check. More information will be provided to applicants.

The counseling program does not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, color, culture, disability, ethnic group, gender, race, religion, sexual/ affectional orientation, marital status, or socioeconomic status. We are seeking a diverse group of students who will excel as helping professionals in a wide range of educational and community settings.

The ETSU Community Counseling Clinic has been upgraded! This is a significant educational opportunity for our students as they serve clients from the university and community. Check out our facility here: Clinic Upgrade.

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Help with the cost of education

At ETSU, we have a number of options that may assist in students in keeping the costs of graduate education as minimal as possible. We encourage our students to consider applying for Graduate Assistantships or Tuition Scholarships in addition to other forms of federal financial aid. Also, take a look at scholarships that are offered. More information can be found at the Graduate Studies website. Click here to go to the Graduate Studies site for more information. Click here to apply on-line

Help for a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner

Are you a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) at the associate or bachelor's level? If so, you may be eligible for a scholarship to pursue the Master's degree in Counseling through the National Board of Certified Counselors Foundation. See for more information!

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