CNED M.Ed. Application Information

Admissions Requirements

Applicants with a 2.50 junior/senior (3.00 in School Counseling) average (on a scale of 4.00) and with appropriate course backgrounds will be considered for admission in the master's degree program. The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces that are available for new students. Exceptions to the minimum 2.50 grade-point average may be made for students with special backgrounds, abilities, and interests.

Beyond the minimum academic requirements for the program, faculty evaluate applicants' professional demeanor, experiences, and general fit with the counseling profession.

All applicants must submit a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews with faculty are part of the application process and usually occur in February of each year. Out of town applicants who cannot make the scheduled interview date can request a different date. Applicants who are not able to meet in person should contact the emphasis coordinator for consideration of accommodations.

When a student is admitted, an adviser will be assigned to help with program planning. Graduates of Penn State's school counseling emphases are not required to have teaching experience in order to be certified as school counselors in Pennsylvania; however, applicants who expect to be counselors in other states should seek information about the certification and licensure requirements of those states.

Full-time graduate students will average 12-15 credits in each of the University's two 16 week semesters per year, with summer coursework expected for most students.

NOTE: This program is not offered online. It is only offered in residence at the University Park campus.

  • **GRE scores are not required for the M.Ed. application.

  • **Please answer all questions on the application. If an answer is not applicable, mark N/A.


After the February 1st deadline, faculty will review all applications to determine which to invite for interviews. Applicants who are to be interviewed will receive an email informing them of the interview day which is typically the last Friday of February on University Park campus. Applicants are expected to attend in person unless they are not in the U.S. (Zoom interviews will be provided for international applicants.) After the interviews are all completed, faculty will again review applicants to determine which to offer admissions. Applicants will receive a letter via email by the end of March.

Required Application Materials

Please be aware that you cannot access your application once you have submitted it so please complete the application and upload the attachments before clicking submit. Please visit the Graduate School website to review their requirements. If you have already reviewed the Graduate School requirements you may proceed and apply here

Please note that your application will not be considered until the application fee has been paid. 

Please provide a statement on "My Interest in the Counseling Profession." Address factors in your life that influenced your desire for a career in this area, what you have to offer those you will serve, what you hope to gain from graduate study, and your current professional goals. The essay should be no more than two pages in length, single-spaced.

The recommendation letters should be concerning the applicant's academic and professional abilities and potential are required. These letters should address the applicant's ability to meet graduate-level academic challenges and to work in the counseling profession. Faculty (instructors and professors), academic advisors, volunteer work or internship site supervisors, and/or employers are acceptable persons to provide recommendations. Friends, family members, peers, and co-workers are not suitable references. These letters must be uploaded directly to the Graduate School application by the reference writer who will receive an email from the Graduate School after the applicant enters references contact information into the application

As part of the online application process, applicants are required to electronically upload copies of transcripts (or equivalent documents for institutions outside the U.S., e.g., degree/study certificates, diplomas, etc.) from all post-secondary institutions attended, in the language of instruction (and copies of an official English translation if English is not the language of instruction). Applicants recommended for admission who accept an offer through the online graduate admission system will be notified by the Graduate School that official/original transcripts/documents must be sent from the originating institutions in the official language of the institution(s) attended (and if the language of instruction is not English, an official English translation must also be sent). The Graduate School will review all official documents to finalize the offer of admission. An offer of admission will be revoked if official/original documents are not received by the Graduate School within specified deadlines, or if official/original documents differ from the copies uploaded by the applicant prior to the offer of admission. For applicants whose degree conferral is in progress at the time of uploading copies, the deadline specified for receipt of official/original documents will allow for the passage of the reported date of degree conferral, and that conferral must be confirmed on the official/original documents received by the Graduate School, in order for the offer of admission to be finalized.

**You do not need to provide Penn State transcripts If you have received a degree from Penn State University.

TOEFL Test Scores (if applicable) (PSU Institution Code: 2660, Department Code: 99). International applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received a baccalaureate or master's degree from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must submit a TOEFL score of 550 (paper test), a score of 213 (computer-based test), or a total score of 80 with a 19 on the speaking section (internet-based test). The applicant should request TOEFL scores to be electronically submitted directly to Graduate Enrollment Services at Penn State.

** Applicants may substitute the IELTS with a minimum composite score requirement of 6.5. The applicant should request IELTS scores to be mailed directly to this address:

The Pennsylvania State University
Graduate Enrollment Services
114 Kern Building
University Park, PA 16802

Masters Application Deadline

All application materials must be received by February 1st for consideration for Fall of that year. Late applications will not be considered and admission is only for Fall semester each year.

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