Jan 26, 2023
The student must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. The student’s undergraduate grade point average should be 3.0 or higher. The following materials must be submitted no later than February 1. It is recommended that materials be submitted well in advance of the deadline.
- Prospective students should submit to the Graduate Office:
- Evidence of scholarship and academic potential
- Undergraduate academic record and completed graduate course work. An undergraduate statistics course is required.
- GRE Aptitude Examination scores. Typically, Verbal and Quantitative scores are each at the 50th percentile or higher.
- GRE Advanced Education or Advanced Psychology Examination scores or scores on the Miller Analogies Test may be submitted with application materials if the applicant believes these scores will enhance the applicant’s candidacy, but are not required.
- Evidence of professional commitment and potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth and adults.
- Three letters of reference, at least one from an academic source.
- Student statement about goals, prior related experience and future plans. The statement should be typewritten or word processed on a page(s) separate from the application form itself.
- An interview with faculty members of the Counseling and Psychological Services Department staff may be arranged, contingent upon the submission of competitive credentials.
- All credentials must be submitted and then reviewed by the staff prior to the completion of nine hours of graduate study in the program.
- Credentials are viewed in a holistic manner such that a strength in one area might offset a weakness in another. This holistic review of each individual’s materials helps avoid the exclusion of qualified students that may serve the field well but whose particular circumstances result in submission of admission credentials that fall below those of the typical entering student.
It is the responsibility of the student to file for degree candidacy. Degree candidacy forms must be filed between 12 and 30 hours. Hours over 30 are subject to forfeiture. A cumulative average of 3.0 or better, successful completion of CPS 511, and evidence of appropriate professional development is required to qualify for the awarding of degree candidacy status. Degree Candidacy Application Forms can be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office.
B. Non-credit Requirements
- Mandated Reporter Training
- SAVE Training
- Comprehensive Exam
- Program Candidacy
C. CAS* Requirement (12-18 cr)
- CPS 535 - Statistics by Computer or equivalent
Electives as approved by advisor (9 cr)
Select one of the following: (0-6 cr)
- Specialty Area as approved by advisor
*Only students who have a masters degree in counseling from an institution other than SUNY Oswego must take a minimum of 30 credit hours at SUNY Oswego in order to receive their CAS degree from the CPS Department.
The Counseling Services program builds upon a core of psychological and educational foundations and specialization areas including counseling theory, group process, appraisal, and vocational development and decision-making. Supervised practice in individual and group counseling and field work experiences in consultation and comprehensive professional services are provided in school, college and social agency settings. Students completing the training sequence are equipped to assume a variety of roles in the counseling profession.
Elective courses, practice and field experiences can be planned to focus on a desired institutional placement such as elementary, middle, junior high and/or senior high school, college settings and agencies.
Following admission, the student will discuss the total program with the student’s designated faculty advisor. Prerequisite courses, transfer credit of completed graduate courses and anticipated specialized and individualized needs of the student will be reviewed and assessed.
Model Curricular Sequence
Students frequently differ in terms of prerequisite and graduate courses completed, prior employment experience, present level of professional competence, and semester during which the program is entered. These, and other relevant factors, influence the sequential pattern of graduate study arranged for each student. In consultation with the student’s advisor, therefore, the student develops an individualized plan of courses and experiences to meet the student’s unique needs.