Admissions Information

UNT Dallas Graduate Degrees in Counseling

The UNT Dallas Graduate School offers two Masters degrees in Counseling:

  • MS in Counseling (60 hr-Clinical Mental Health Counseling)
  • MEd in Counseling (48 hr-School Counseling)

Admissions Procedures

Submit the following to the UNT Dallas Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Graduate School Application for Admission - apply online at
  • Official copies of all college transcripts
  • Official GRE scores from the Educational Testing Service (allow three to four weeks for the test to be received by the Graduate School)

Submit additional admission materials to the Department of Counseling and Human Services in one envelope; incomplete or missing materials will prevent processing of the application. All admission to the Counseling Program is provisional, procedures for provisional admission are as follows:


Each applicant for the Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling program is required to participate in an orientation and interview. Please see due dates for upcoming semesters below.

Spring 2020 Cohort

·         Application Deadline – October 1, 2019

·         Interview Invites – November 12, 2019

·         Interview – November 14, 2019


Fall 2020 Cohort

·         Application Deadline – March 15, 2020

·         Interview Invites – April 6, 2020

·         Interview – April 23, 2020


Spring 2021 Cohort

·         Application Deadline – October 1, 2020

·         Interview Invites – October 22, 2020

·         Interview – November 12, 2020


Admissions Standards

  • Applicants must submit the official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the verbal, quantitative, and writing sections to the graduate school for admission to the program.  Conditional admission may be granted pending submission of GRE scores prior to registration for the second term of enrollment.
  • Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of work prior to receiving the bachelor's degree, or a 2.8 GPA on all undergraduate work, to be considered for unconditional admission to graduate-studies at UNT Dallas.  Applicants who have already completed a master's degree must have at least a 3.4 GPA on the master's or meet the undergraduate GPA standards.
  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor's degree.
  • Applicants for the school counseling track must have at least two (2) years creditable teaching experience in K-12 public or private schools in order to be certified as a school counselor by the state of Texas.  Students must submit their teacher service record indicating two years of creditable teaching experience and a copy of their Teaching Certificate or a copy of the Letter of Acknowledgement of School Counseling Requirements for the State of Texas.
  • All students granted provisional admission to the master’s program are required to enroll in COUN 5710D during the first term/semester of enrollment in graduate school and must receive a grade of B or higher. Concurrent enrollment in COUN 5680D and COUN 5710D is encouraged. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in these two courses to be considered for full admission to the program.
  • Admission to the counseling program is provisional until the student’s progress is evaluated by the counseling faculty upon completion of COUN 5680D. The student’s progress is evaluated on the basis of the demonstration of adequate subject matter knowledge and the personal and interpersonal skills required for counseling.
  • After the progress review, the counseling faculty either recommends that the student continue the program or reserves the right to withdraw the student from the program.
  • Following this initial evaluation, the student will be routinely evaluated on the criteria of knowledge, personal and interpersonal skills and counseling skills to determine if progress is adequate, if remedial work is needed or if the student should be withdrawn from the program. 
  • Students are required to complete a background check prior to their enrollment in Practicum.
  • This degree requires a passing score on the comprehensive examination administered during the student’s internship.