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Carlow University's Professional Counseling students have undergraduate degrees in a wide array of disciplines from psychology, human services, social work, or other related majors to majors outside of the helping professions. If you are interested in pursuing a career in Counseling by providing individual and group counseling, we encourage you to apply today!

Admission Criteria  

  • Evidence of an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution  
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (An undergraduate cumulative GPA of a 3.0 is the benchmark standard for admission. Students with slightly lower cumulative GPAs may apply if there is relevant evidence of work history in the helping field, and/or strong grades in upper-level courses (psychology, human services, social work, or other related majors).) 
  • Work and/or volunteer experience in a helping field
  • Evidence of graduate level writing skills necessary for success in a graduate program
  • Able to achieve the Professional Counseling program's Essential Standards
  • GRE or GMAT scores are not required for admission 

Application Deadlines

Professional Counseling Programs offer rolling admissions, with three program start dates per year (Fall, Spring, and Summer). There is no deadline dates for application packets. However, due to the number of applications, we strongly encourage students to submit their applications well in advance of the start of semester. All application materials must be submitted within a timely fashion to be considered for admission.

Admissions Process 

Once all application materials are submitted for review, the Professional Counseling program will evaluate the application. If the applicant meets the admissions criteria, a personal interview will be scheduled at that time. 

Application Materials  

  • Online Application Form
  • Personal Essay - (Submit a personal essay of approximately 300 words (typed and double-spaced) discussing your short term and long term career goals in the field of Counseling). 
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae - (Highlighting education and professional experiences in counseling and/or related field)
  • Two Professional Recommendations - (Submit one professional recommendation should be from a faculty member who can document your ability to complete graduate level work, and one professional recommendation should be from an employment supervisor who can describe your professional accomplishments. The references should not be related to the applicant and be able to address the applicant's work-related ability and potential to perform graduate level coursework). 
  • Official Transcripts -(Submit official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions. Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s)).

International students (Additional Application Step)
~ Submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 
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*Application materials should be emailed to (preferred) or mailed to the following mailing address:

Graduate Admissions
Carlow University
3333 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Professional Counseling Visit Days 

Come visit Carlow University! Have an opportunity to attend a graduate level Professional Counseling class, meet the counseling students and core faculty members, and learn all about the Professional Counseling programs. For further information or to register, visit the Professional Counseling Visit Days.    

General Information 

  • University Accreditations
  • Graduate Tuition & Fees
  • Financial Aid (Scholarships & Assistantships)
  • Veterans Students
  • Policy for Transferring Credits - Acceptance of transfer credits is at the discretion of the Program Director and specific to each program. Credits must: 1) be comparable or complementary to the Carlow University program and 2) indicate a grade of B or higher. Some programs require that credits must have been earned no more than five years prior to enrollment in a Carlow University graduate program.

For further questions regarding the Graduate Admissions Process, contact Carlow University's Graduate Admissions Staff: 

Dr. Kathleen Chrisman
Associate Director of Graduate Enrollment, Admissions
Associate Director, Admissions - Graduate