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 is required; in addition, a course in abnormal psychology is required for the
    CMHC option.
  • PPS applicants have additional prerequisites (beyond the Personality Theory class). These include:
    1.      A course in child development.
    2.      Documentation that they have passed the CBEST (a requirement to obtain the PPS credential in School Counseling). Effective for Fall 2018 admission, all PPS applicants should be able to document a good faith effort to meet this requirement by taking the CBEST. Students beginning the program for the Fall 2018 must pass the CBEST by the time their first semester begins in Fall 2018
    3.      Students accepted into the School Counseling track will need to provide evidence of a current and valid Certificate of Clearance prior to the start of classes.

  • All prerequisite courses should be completed before beginning M.A. classes in the Fall of the student’s entry year.  Students may enter the program with prerequisite courses that are not complete, but it is strongly discouraged because it will delay the student’s course of studies.  Prerequisite courses not completed by the end of the Fall semester of the student’s entry year will result in the student being blocked from entering classes in the Spring.
  • 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 GPA 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.
  • Certificate of Clearance

The Fall 2018 Departmental Application Deadline Has Passed.


The Fall 2019 Departmental Application will be available on October 1, 2018.


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.