Application FAQs

As a department, we've compiled a list of frequently asked questions relating to the application process below. If you'd like further clarification or have a question that isn't listed here, please feel free to give us a call at 406-243-5252, or email our Program Coordinator at counselored@mso.umt.edu.

If you are submitting transcripts electronically, please select 'The University of Montana' as the recipient. If you are submitting hard copies, they can be mailed to:

University of Montana
Department of Counselor Education
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812

If you are being asked to provide an email address for transcript submission, please enter counselored@mso.umt.edu.

If you have a degree from UM, you do not need to submit an official transcript, but you do need to send an unoffical copy of your transcript to our office. Unoffical transcripts can be accessed via Cyberbear. Transcripts can either be emailed to counselored@mso.umt.edu, or mailed to:

University of Montana
Department of Counselor Education
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
GRE scores are optional for Counselor Education Master's and EdS program applicants - it is up to your discretion to submit them if you think they will serve to bolster your application. GRE scores are required for Doctoral applicants.
Personal statements should tell us more about you, your motivations to pursue a counseling degree, the qualities you would bring to the profession, and what you hope to do with the degree. Most personal statements are about 1-1.5 pages in length.

Recommendation letters can be submitted online or in hard copy form. As you work through the online application, there will be a section prompting you to enter email addresses for your recommenders. If recommenders would prefer to submit letters online, you can enter their email addresses at this juncture and they will be instructed via email regarding online submission. If recommenders would like to submit hard copies of the letters, those can be emailed to counselored@mso.umt.edu, or mailed to:

University of Montana
Department of Counselor Education
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Applications received after the deadline may be considered on a rolling admissions basis if available slots exist. Students are encouraged to apply by the February 1st deadline, as the programs will likely reach capacity at that point.

MA programs: Applicants will be notified by mid-February if they have been invited to interview for a spot in the program. Group interviews will take place on campus the first Friday in March.

Doctoral programs: Applicants will be notified in the beginning of January if they have been invited to interview for a spot in the program. Group interviews will take place on campus the last Friday in January.

Final decisions will be announced to interviewees 1-2 weeks following the interview.

Accepted applicants can start taking courses in either the Summer or the Fall. When filling out the application online, please be sure to select the term (Summer or Fall) in which you'd like to begin if accepted.
There are three courses that are required in order to graduate from the Clinical Mental Health and School programs but are not part of the MA curriculum:
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Statistics
It is recommended that these courses be taken prior to application, but not required. If an admitted student has not taken these courses, they must be taken concurrently with the Counselor Education MA curriculum.

Students who are enrolled in UM, but are not enrolled in a Counselor Education program can take COUN 485 Counseling Theories in Context and COUN 242 Intimate Relationships. If you are interested in taking other Counselor Education courses, please email the pertinent instructors to request permission.

We also offer a workshop series each semester for which UM students can recieve graduate credit. For questions regarding registration and current workshop details, please email counselored@mso.umt.edu.

Information regarding guidelines for establishing residency can be found on the Registrar's website and the Graduate School's website. If you are a new UM student, please contact the Graduate School (406-243-2572) with residency questions. If you are a current or previously-enrolled student, please contact the Registrar's office (406-243-2939) with residency questions.