All persons who wish to enter the program must file a formal application for admission to graduate studies. Minimum academic admission requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling, Master of Science in School Counseling, or any add-on certification program are as follows:

  • Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Students must have earned a minimum overall undergraduate quality point average of 2.75 on all work attempted.
  • Students must present a minimum score of 800 on the GRE (excluding the analytical section) or 397 on the Millers Analogies Test.
  • Students must submit a written autobiography including career goals.
  • Students seeking admission to the Counseling degree must attend an interview by the departmental admissions committee as the final step for admission.
  • Students must submit two official transcripts of all college work attempted.
  • Students must submit a $25 application fee (non-refundable)


Provisional Admission

If for some reason the applicant does not meet either the minimum GPA, or the minimum test score, the admission's committee may grant admission for one semester only on a provisional basis. These admissions will be decided on a case by case basis and may be granted in the case of some documented extenuating circumstance. Provisionally admitted students will be allowed to register for a maximum of two courses (selected by the department) during their provisional semester and will not be allowed to register for additional classes until a 3.0 or higher GPA on graduate work is achieved.

Academic Standards

Students in the M.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 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 in a master'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.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted year round but students are only admitted twice annually, 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:

July 1 for Fall Semester

November 1 for Spring Semester

It is in your best interest to have your file complete as soon as possible to minimize the chances of being closed out of either admission or registration.

Course Load

In order to qualify for full-time status, a graduate student must enroll in 6 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 9 hours per semester.

General Information

Dr. David Lane, Counseling Program Coordinator:  (678) 547-6301

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

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

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