Ed.S. Admission Requirements  

Admission Requirements: Ed.S. in School Counseling

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, or a counseling-related field from a regionally accredited college or university (CACREP/NCATE preferred). 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 and Spring semesters. In order to be considered for admission for a particular semester, applications and all supporting materials must be received by the following dates:

July 1 Fall Semester

November 1 Spring Semester

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.

Academic Standards

Candidates in the Ed.S. Program are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 ("B") in all classes taken toward the degree. If a grade below "C" is assigned in a graduate class, no credit is awarded for that class. Students cannot have more than two "C/C 's" in those classes counted toward the degree. Students may repeat a class only once in order to increase the grade earned in that class and no student may repeat more than two classes in his/her program of study with Mercer. A student may not re-take an equivalent class at another college in order to replace a grade earned at Mercer.

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed in a probationary status until he/she raises the average to 3.0. A student who is on academic probation is limited to one course per semester until the average has been raised to 3.0. If the semester grade point average falls below 2.0 ("C"), the student's case will be reviewed by the Department and Chair and the graduate faculty and, without extenuating circumstances, the student will be dismissed from the graduate counseling program.

Limitation in Completion of Requirements

A student enrolled in an Ed.S. program must complete all requirements within a six-year period. Time limits shall be computed from and include the first semester of credit applied to the degree program. Students who do not enroll for three consecutive semesters are subject to all program policies, guidelines, and requirements in place at the time of re-enrollment.

Transient Status

An applicant who is currently admitted to full graduate standing in a degree program at another institution may be admitted as a transient student by submitting the application forms, the application fee, and a letter of permission from his/her institution in lieu of transcripts.

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.

General Contact Information

Dr. Caroline M. Brackette, Associate Program Coordinator, Ed.S. in School Counseling, (678) 547-6058

Dr. Diane M. Clark , Associate Program Coordinator, School Counseling, (678) 547-6047

Tracey M. Wofford , Admissions Contact, (678) 547-6422

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