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Application Instructions - Department of Counselor Education

The College at Brockport utilizes an online application for graduate admission. Please read the application instructions below and use the checklist as a guide for submitting Part I and Part II application materials.

Degrees Offered:
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

College Counselor, MSEd
School Counselor (K-12), MSEd
Mental Health Counselor, MS
School Counseling & Supervision, CAS
School Counseling, CAS (online)
Mental Health Counseling Bridge, CAS
School Counseling Bridge, CAS
College Counseling Bridge, CAS

Department Contact:
Dr. Susan Seem
(585) 395-5492

Application Deadline:
MS & MSEd Programs: February 1 for summer or fall admission, September 1 for spring admission
CAS Programs: April 15 for summer admission, July 15 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission

Please note: Applications received after the published deadlines will be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Part I: Complete and submit the online application along with a non refundable processing fee (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) at

Part II materials: We strongly suggest that you submit all items as quickly as possible to ensure timely review of your application.

  1. Please electronically submit the following documents:
    • Three Letters of Reference: (Please note: We do not accept placement or credential files.)
      Please read the submission of Letters of Reference procedure.
      1. Letter of Reference I
      2. Letter of Reference II
      3. Letter of Reference III
    • Statement of Objectives: Please review the following statement: “Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals” (ACA, 2010). Furthermore, the Department of Counselor Education at The College at Brockport values self-reflection, taking interpersonal risks, and addressing issues of privilege, power, and difference."
      In a well developed essay of no fewer than 700, but no more than 1200 words, describe your plans for a professional or scholarly career, and how you think our program can support your goals. We will evaluate the writing sample for content, style, and general writing ability as part of the admissions process. We suggest you use Microsoft Word or similar software to create your Statement of Objectives and upload it on the Statement of Objectives page.
    • Please read and sign the: Retention Policy and Experiential Learning Statement
  2. All applicants will be invited to respond to online vignettes. Applicants will receive an email sent to the email they provided on the application form. The email will contain a link to the online vignetts and provide the time frame in which the link will be open.
  3. Group Interview: Department faculty will review all the information submitted for the Part II application along with applicant's online response to client vignettes. Selected applicants will be invited to a group interview. The invitation will be sent to the email provided in the application. Part of the group interview includes applicants providing a spontaneous writing sample. This spontaneous writing sample will be used in the final admissions decision.
  4. Please request one official transcript from each and every college or university you have ever attended, even if you did not earn a degree there, regardless of perceived relevance of the course work to your current career goals, or the length of time that has passed since you attended. Transcripts must also be obtained from each and every college or university ever attended regardless of whether or not credits earned were later transferred elsewhere. Please instruct each institution to send the transcript directly to The Graduate School via postal mail or electronically via an e-script service such as Scrip Safe. (Please note: The College at Brockport graduates are not required to submit transcripts of their work at The College at Brockport. In addition, if you were already admitted to The College at Brockport as a non-degree student, you do not need to resubmit the transcript(s) you provided as part of that process.)

    Mail your transcripts to:
    The College at Brockport
    The Graduate School - Morgan Hall
    350 New Campus Dr.
    Brockport, NY 14420

    Send e-script to:

For International applicants:

  • Official or true certified copies of your diploma, degree, or certification, in both English and the original language.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL; College code 2537) or the IELTS. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based version, a minimum score of 213 on the computerized version or a minimum score of 79-80 on the TOEFL iBT version is required. The IELTS minimum score is 6.5. If the applicant is not able to provide test scores or does not meet the minimum score requirement, conditional admission may be offered based on the completion of an English language course through the College’s ELS office.
  • An original bank statement in the student's name or that of the student's sponsor showing a current balance of at least the total cost of attendance. If the student has a sponsor, a letter, signed and dated by the sponsor, is required. It must include the amount (in US dollars) that will be put toward the student's educational expenses.

We look forward to receiving your application!
If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact our office at

Last Updated 8/17/15