Admission Requirements

The MSU Counseling Program is committed to a full counseling education experience for students, including knowledge, skills and personal development in an evolving and diverse world. Students applying to the CNS program should maintain qualities that meet College of Education standards. Counseling students should demonstrate inclusiveness, responsibility, enthusiasm, caring, confidence, and ethical behavior.

Application requirements:
  • MSU Graduate School Application
  • Program Application
  • Recent GRE score (less than 5 years)
  • Letter of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Interview with the Counseling Program Admissions Committee
  • Admissions Rubric


Admission Requirements

Applicants may contact the Educational Studies, Leadership, & Counseling Department for more information, 270-809-2793. All potential students must apply to both the Murray State University Graduate School and the Counseling Program.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Brochure

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Flyer

School Counseling Brochure

School Counseling Flyer

Application Deadlines

March 15th - Fall Admission Consideration
October 15th - Spring Admission Consideration

Application Forms
Graduate Counseling Program Application

Graduate School Application - MSU Graduate Admissions Office

Graduate Assistantships
Murray Students
Madisonville Students
International Students

If you are an international student interested in the counseling program, please click here International Admissions


Please submit your CNS application material to the Counseling Program Coordinator, 3201 Alexander Hall, Murray, KY 42071 or by email to


Note: Please see the MSU Graduate Admissions website for instructions on how to submit materials to the Graduate School.