The Admissions Office in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development handles the various duties associated with admissions to the Department’s programs. It is staffed by students in the program whose sole purpose is to facilitate the admissions process of prospective students. They conduct informal question and answer sessions, give tours of the program facilities, introduce applicants to professors, and handle all requests related to program admissions. To schedule an appointment or tour, contact the Admissions Office at the following address.
Department of Counseling and Educational Development
School of Education
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
228 Curry Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
A map of UNCG is available for those who are interested in visiting the campus or obtaining admissions information or materials in person.
The deadline to apply for the Doctoral program is November 1st
The deadline to apply for the Master’s program is December 1st
Each year, 32-36 Master’s students and 6-10 doctoral students are recommended for admission into the full-time/day-time counseling program by an Admissions Committee made up of program faculty. Admission is for the fall semester only. Criteria for selection include a complete online graduate school application; GRE scores from a test taken within the past 5 years; three letters of recommendation (at least one of which should be an academic reference); a resume or curriculum vitae detailing work experience, volunteer experience, and research background; a personal statement that outlines professional goals; and undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts.
The personal statement is an essay that is generally 2-4 pages long in which students provide information regarding their reasons for pursuing the counseling profession, any relevant experience, personal career goals, and why UNCG would be a good fit for their educational aspirations. This essay is an important opportunity to allow the admissions committee to get to know you.
Regarding transcripts, applicants may either (1) upload transcripts that have been issued by their institution’s Registrar’s Office onto their online application or (2) order official transcripts that should be mailed to the Graduate School at the following address:
The Graduate School
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
241 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412
We are now implementing a completely electronic application process. To apply follow these steps:
- Go to http://www.uncg.edu/grs/
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- Click on “apply online” and follow the instructions to create an account/li>
All applicants should include the following as attachments to their online application:
Supplemental Documents A: Personal Statement
Note: In regards to the personal statement, this essay is generally 2-3 pages in which students provide information regarding their reasons for pursuing the counseling profession, any relevant experience, personal career goals, and why UNCG would be a good fit for their educational aspirations.
Supplemental Documents B: Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Supplemental Documents C: Not Required
Completed doctoral applications must be received at the Graduate School by November 1.
Completed master’s applications (MS, MS/EdS) must be received at the Graduate School by December 1.
Applications that are not complete by the respective deadlines are not reviewed. Contact the Graduate School to determine all required information has been received there.
The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications after the deadline for submission has past. Selected applicants will be invited to campus to participate in an interview and orientation in January or February. Participation in the interview process is mandatory for selected students; however, international students may interview via Skype if travel is cost-prohibitive.
Applicants are notified of their admission status usually within two weeks after all interviews are completed; typically, students receive notification no later than April 15.
All applicants are encouraged to file their applications as early as possible so that they may be considered for a competitive University or School of Education award. The University-wide awards competition, conducted by the Graduate School, is based on exceptional scholarship. Examples of these awards include Excellence Fund Fellowships and Greensboro Graduate Scholar Awards. Of our current students, 4 have received Excellence Fund Fellowships and 12 have received a Greensboro Graduate Scholar Award. School of Education awards include the Marian Pope Franklin Scholarship; school counseling students from North Carolina are eligible for the award. Nominations for these awards are completed by Departmental faculty members. No further action is needed on your part.
A variety of financial aid is available to students. All admitted students may apply for graduate assistantships. Once admitted, students are sent an Assistantship Application Form. Those who return completed applications are considered for assistantships within the Department and throughout the University. Students needing other financial aid should complete the forms obtained through the Financial Aid Office. You may contact the Financial Aid Office at 336.334.5702, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate assistantships require full-time enrollment. After arriving on campus, students who are diligent in their search for an assistantship are usually successful. Students are free to investigate assistantships in any department or office at UNCG; openings are listed in the Student Employment Office. Stipends for graduate assistantships (20 hours per week) in CED range upward from $7,000 for the academic year. Doctoral students who receive appointments may be funded for up to three years, usually on a semester or yearly basis. Master’s level assistants may be funded for up to two years, usually on a semester or yearly basis. Reappointments to assistantships are contingent on a student’s satisfactory academic progress and satisfactory performance of assistantship responsibilities. Master’s, intermediate, and doctoral students appointed to Departmental assistantships provide valuable supportive functions for the program.
Students seeking graduate assistantships receive GA applications from the CED Admissions Office as soon as they are admitted to the program.
Fellowships and scholarships are awarded by the Graduate School to exceptionally qualified students who meet the particular requirements of the award. There also are scholarships available through the School of Education; students should watch for announcements concerning application deadlines for these awards. Tuition waivers are in limited supply, and thus are awarded for one-year only. The Department assists all out-of-state students in applying for in-state residency by the second year in the program.
Residence Hall Staff Positions
A limited number of residence hall staff positions are offered to qualified graduate students. Address inquiries to Director of Residence Life, UNCG, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, North Carolina 27402-6170, Phone (336) 334-5636, hrl.uncg.edu.