Counselor Education

Welcome to the Department of Counselor Education Admissions! 

If you are interested in applying to the Department of Counselor Education's School Counseling OR Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) programs, please click on the following link to access the School of Graduate Studies' online application! and click on "Apply Now".

Our next application deadline is February 1st
, 2021 for the fall 2021 semester. 


    • 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: Students applying to either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track or School Counseling track must apply through the Graduate Office and complete their online application via the "Apply Online" link on their webpage:  To apply, students are to submit the following required documents to the School of Graduate Studies:
    • A School of Graduate Studies application form
    • Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended
    • A personal goals statement explaining career goals and how a degree from the Department will help facilitate those goals.  **NOTE: This Person Goals Statement serves as the writing sample requirement**
    • 3 letters of recommendation  

 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 directly to the department chair in 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. Please contact Dr. Nikels ( to discuss this prior to submission.
    • 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.


For additional information on Clinical Mental Health Counseling admission, please click here

For additional information on School Counseling admission, please click here



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