Application FAQs

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 call 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 unofficial copy of your transcript to our office. Unofficial 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. For Doctoral applicants the GRE is OPTIONAL on applications for the 21-22 academic year.
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.

Recommendation letters can be submitted online (preferred) 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 reference. Enter their email addresses at this juncture and they will be instructed via email regarding online submission. If reference would like to submit hard copies of the letters, those can be emailed (second preference) to counselored@mso.umt.edu, or mailed to:

University of Montana
Department of Counselor Education
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
Completed applications must be submitted by January 15th for consideration.

MA programs: Applicants will be notified by mid-February if they have been invited to interview for a spot in the program. Group interviews typically take place at the end of February.

Doctoral programs: Applicants will be notified at the beginning of January if they have been invited to interview for a spot in the program. Group interviews are typically held at the end of 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.
Program prerequisites are:
    • Developmental psychology or equivalent
    • Abnormal psychology or child and adolescent psychological disorders
    • An exceptionalities course
    • Basic statistics and/or education measurement
    • Classroom Management (for those wanting to do the School Counseling Track)
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.

Graduate non-degree students are welcome to take:
COUN 511: Theories & Techniques of Counseling (offered Fall)
COUN 475: Forgiveness & Reconciliation (offered Spring)

We also offer a workshop series each semester for which UM students can receive 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.