How to Apply

Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling

Domestic Applicants

Deadlines

Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: Not Accepted

Criteria

Applicants must be admitted to or have completed an MS degree in counseling and also meet the following admissions criteria.

To be considered for admission to the program, your complete application must be received by the priority deadline for the semester in which you wish to begin classes. Those applications received after the deadline and recommended for admission will be scheduled to enroll in the following semester.

Application Fee

$55.00

Payment Information

You can pay the application fee online with the following credit cards.

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover
Admissions Questions
Graduate Studies Office
  • (812) 856-8504
Program Information
Counseling and Educational Psychology Student Services
  • (812) 856-8300

  1. 1Prepare Your Application

    The Graduate Studies Office will complete applications after the deadline up until a few weeks before the semester starts. This does not guarantee your application will be reviewed by faculty as different programs have different availabilities. If you are applying after the deadline or for a semester without a posted deadline you should confirm with the department that they will still be reviewing applications before applying.

    A complete application consists of not only the application but also required transcripts, letters of recommendation, test scores, personal statement, and anything else required. In order to have met the deadline all materials must be received by the deadline date.

    Your application for admission will need to include the items listed below. It typically takes applicants several months to complete their applications. Here are some tasks you can begin working on right now to reduce the time it takes to complete your application:

    • Order official transcripts now
    • Ask prospective recommenders if they will write a letter on your behalf, and check whether they prefer to complete the letter electronically or on paper
    • Register to take the GRE before the admission application priority deadline for your program

    You do not need to wait until all materials are ready before you start the application process. However, all required materials such as transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, etc., must arrive by the posted deadline. Applications are not processed for committee review until all materials are received. 

    Official Transcripts

    Submit one official transcript from each college or university you attended where you attempted nine (9) or more credits. Transcripts may be sent to us by either the institution or you; however, transcripts must arrive in a sealed, official envelope. Loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Original transcripts may be mailed to: 

    Graduate Student Admissions Office
    W. W. Wright Education Building, #2116
    201 N. Rose Avenue
    School of Education
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Electronic transcripts are acceptable if the transcript is official and comes directly from the University or appropriate transcript service.  Please verify the transcript service your institution uses as we are unable to accept electronic transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse. If your institution uses this service please request that your transcripts are mailed directly to us at the address noted above. Electronic transcripts may be sent directly to the School of Education’s Admission office at gsoadms@indiana.edu.

    You do not need to submit transcripts from Indiana University. We will be able to access your IU transcript directly.

    Current Résumé

    Upload your current resume into the online application as a .pdf file. No other formats will be accepted into the online application. 

    GRE Scores

    An official score report must be sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service before the application deadline. Our school code is 1324. If it has been more than five years since you took the GRE, you will need to take it again in order to apply to most programs.

    You may learn more about the GRE and find testing locations throughout the world through the Educational Testing Service.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Letters of recommendation must document academic and scholarly performance, strong social and interpersonal skills, emotional maturity, and moral character. Letters of recommendation from professors or instructors who know the applicant’s academic and intellectual skills are preferred. Letters from employers and others who know the applicant’s work habits and character are also acceptable. 

    Three (3) letters of recommendation are required for your application.

    Keep the following criteria in mind as you consider whom to ask to recommend you.

    • People who can comment from personal knowledge about your academic qualifications for graduate study are preferred. Ideally these recommenders are your former professors or advisors from your previous academic institutions.
    • People who can comment about your professional qualifications are acceptable recommenders if you have been out of school for a number of years. Ideally these recommenders are your former or current supervisors.
    • Family members, classmates, and friends are not acceptable recommenders.

    Instructions for online submission: An electronic request to your recommenders will be automatically sent when you submit your online application. Recommenders may upload their letters directly. This is the preferred method. 

    Instructions for mail submission: Your supervisor should write the letter on institution or company letterhead and include your name and the name of the program to which you are applying in the introduction. Each recommender must enclose the letter in a sealed envelope, sign across the seal, and mail to:

    Graduate Student Admissions Office
    W. W. Wright Education Building, #2116
    201 N. Rose Avenue
    School of Education
    Indiana University
    Bloomington, IN 47405

    Unsigned envelopes with reference letters cannot be accepted. Please communicate the application deadline to your recommenders so they will have opportunity to submit their letters well in advance.

    Personal Goal Statement

    Your personal goal statement is an important part of the review process for our faculty members as they consider your application. They want to know about your background, work experience, plans for graduate study and professional career, qualifications that make you a strong candidate for the program, and any other relevant information. This document should be prepared using a word processing program (not handwritten) and should be 300 to 500 words. Upload your personal goal statement and Resume as a PDF file into the online application. No other file formats will be accepted into the online application.

  2. 2Complete Your Application Online

    Complete and submit your application online.

    Faculty members in the program to which you are applying will make initial decisions about admissions. After faculty members review applications, they make their admissions recommendations to the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, who makes the final decision.

    Note that faculty members will not review your application until it is complete. After you submit your application online, you will receive an email listing all of the supporting documents that have yet to be received (if any). We recommend that you submit your application well in advance of the deadlines to allow time for all materials, including official transcripts, to arrive before the deadline.

  3. 3Look for an Email

    You will get an email if your application is incomplete, or if you’ve been admitted or denied.