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College of Continuing & Professional Studies

Admission Requirements

All persons must complete the formal written application for admission to graduate studies. General qualifications for admission are a master’s degree in school counseling, counseling with a school counseling add-on, a counseling-related field*, or education with a teaching-related emphasis* from a regionally accredited college or university (CACREP/NCATE preferred).

* In addition to completing the Ed.S. coursework, candidates must also complete all master's level school counseling courses required for initial certification.

All applicants must provide the following:

  1. A completed Ed.S. application form
  2. A $35 non-refundable admissions processing fee with the check made payable to Mercer University
  3. A copy of recent GRE or MAT scores (within the last six years); A minimum GRE score of 900 (450 verbal and 450 quantitative) or MAT score of 406
  4. Official transcripts for all college work attempted, both graduate and undergraduate; Candidates should have a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5.
  5. Three current letters of recommendation specific to the Ed.S. program
  6. Copies of all current professional certifications/licensure
  7. A copy of a scholarly paper
  8. A typed narrative of applicant’s philosophy of education including the role of the professional school counselor in removing barriers to equity for P-12 students (identify level: elementary, middle, or high school)
  9. A current resume/curriculum vitae

Not all qualified applicants will be accepted. GPA and GRE/MAT scores are not the sole criteria for admission; applicants are encouraged to apply and will need to provide strong evidence of the ability to complete post graduate courses, demonstrate advanced advocacy skills, engage in leadership and consultant roles in school counseling, and conduct research.


As a part of the application process, all candidates are required to interview with the Department of Counseling program faculty. At that time, each candidate will complete a writing sample.

Application Deadlines

All admission requirements must be met with required documents on file prior to registration for the first course. Applications are accepted year round but candidates are admitted Fall semester and Spring semester. In order to be considered for admission for a particular semester, applications and all supporting materials must be received by the following dates:

  • Fall Semester
    May 1- Early Decision
    July 1- Final Deadline
  • Spring Semester
    September 1- Early Decision
    November 1- Final Deadline

It is in the candidate’s best interest to have his or her file complete as soon as possible for the desired semester for admission.

Course Load

In order to qualify for full-time status, a graduate student must enroll in 9 hours per semester. Students may enroll part time. In order to qualify for financial aid, a graduate student must be fully admitted and must enroll for a minimum of 6 hours per semester.

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