Counselor Education

Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education Admissions! 

June 1, 2019  is the next due date for application files to the Department of Counselor Education to be complete and ready for review for consideration for the spring screening interviews (this would be for acceptance for the FL19 semester). After the application deadline (June 1, 2019), invited applicants will be contacted by the Department to inform them of their screening interview date/time.  



    • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree (undergraduate course work) in any field from a regionally accredited university.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (includes all undergraduate work attempted at all institutions),
    or 3.25 for the last two years (60 semester hours) of undergraduate work
  • If applicants have a completed master’s degree from a regionally accredited university, then a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required (includes all graduate work attempted at all institutions). Undergraduate GPAs will not be considered if you have a completed master’s degree; nor will probationary status be offered for those with a completed master’s degree.

 Probationary Admission:

    • Applicant may be considered for probationary admission with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75-2.99.
    • Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.6-2.74 may request consideration for probationary admission by submitting a portfolio along with the department application to the Department of Counselor Education. The submitted portfolio may contain material which demonstrates your capacity to succeed as a possible graduate student. Some material may include background information, experience, writing and work samples, additional awards, certificates or recognitions which are relevant.
    • All applicants admitted as probationary students must petition for full admission after completing nine graduate hours from any of the following 3 credit hour classes: CN 515, CN 540, CN 541, CN 545, CN 551, or CN 554.
    • Applicants with undergraduate GPAs not meeting the above requirements may request individual consideration based upon exceptional circumstances. This is done only with rare exception. Applicants must contact the Department Chair of the Department of Counselor Education (Dr. Nikels, to set up a meeting prior to applying to the department. Applications received from individuals who do not meet the requirements above and have not met with the Department Chair will not be considered.
    • Please note: The GRE is no longer required.

Non-degree Seeking Applicants 

    1. Complete the online application for the School of Graduate Studies.
    2. Submit official transcripts directly to the School of Graduate Studies for all coursework taken at all universities.
    3. Indicate that you are interested in the M.S.Ed. in Counseling.
    4. In the "note section" of the online application please put "non-degree seeking."
    5. Upon acceptance from the School of Graduate Studies, please contact the CNED Department Chairperson for further instruction during the open registration period for the term you wish to take a class.

NOTE: Applicants who eventually plan to apply for one of the CNED degree options are only permitted to transfer in up to 9 semester credit hours of approved coursework (i.e., courses taken prior to officially beginning a degree program).

Background Check 

Applicants who are offered into the department will be required to complete a background check. 

    • Students may be prohibited from completing field work or obtaining licensure if background investigations reveal certain criminal offences, arrests, and/or convictions.
    • It is important to be aware that some schools/agencies may have additional background investigations prior to acceptance at their field site.
  • If there are further questions, email Dr. Nikels ( for additional information.


Apply to the School Counseling Program


Apply to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program


To contact the School of Graduate Studies

Sherman Hall 116
Macomb, IL 61455
Fax: 309-298-2345
Toll Free:1-877-WIU Grad

To contact the Department of Counselor Education

3300 River Dr,
Moline, IL 61265