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School Counseling (MA)

The MA in School Counseling is awarded by the Graduate College. It is offered with or without a thesis.

Admission Requirements 

Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the department offering the degree program (review the department's web site or the General Catalog for departmental requirements).

Estimated Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees vary by degree program and the type of student you are.

Application Deadlines 

  • Students are admitted for the summer semester (non-teachers) or fall semester (teachers).
  • Priority will be given to students applying by February 1 for summer or fall admission.
  • After this date, applications will be reviewed as they are received by the program faculty until the student cohort has been finalized.
  • Applicants are encouraged to check with the UI Office of Student Financial Aid for deadlines regarding financial aid.

*Summer admission is preferred. The number of applicants admitted is limited based on the standards of the Council on Accreditation of Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP). Applications are reviewed when the pool is sufficient to support a group interview process.

Application Procedures 

To apply to this degree program, you will need to submit some application materials to your academic department and some to the Office of Admissions.

Materials to send to the department:

  • Your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (PDF)
  • A statement of purpose, including a statement of your personal career objectives and successful experiences working with children and/or adolescents

Materials to send to Admissions:

  • A second set of your official academic records/transcripts (current and former UI students do not need to provide UI transcripts)
  • Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681).
  • International students may also be required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
  • Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.


If you Apply Online, the $60 application fee ($100 for international students) is payable by Discover, MasterCard, or Visa. If you cannot pay by credit card, you may Download and Print an Application (PDF) and pay the fee by check or money order in U.S. currency made payable to "The University of Iowa."

Contact Information 

College of Education
The University of Iowa
N310 Lindquist Center
Iowa City, IA 52242

Office of Admissions
The University of Iowa
107 Calvin Hall
Iowa City, IA 52242-1396