The UTEP Graduate School accepts applications year round. Applicants are encouraged to check their prospective programs for deadline dates and special entry requirements Use the following link to access to the online application form that will serve as your application to the UTEP Graduate School: Applying to the UTEP Graduate School
Information for students interested in admission to the Counseling Program
The first step in the admission process is to apply to the Graduate School and indicate your intended major as Counseling with a concentration of either mental health counseling or school counseling. Please note that you must have completed your bachelor's degree in its entirety prior to submitting your application to the Graduate School. You will be notified by the Graduate School if you meet the requirements to be admitted to graduate studies. This does not mean that you have been admitted to the counseling program. A separate departmental decision will be made regarding your admission to this program.
To explain the departmental process more fully, your transcript information will be reviewed by the departmental Graduate Adviser as soon as it becomes available from the Graduate School. You will be eligible for conditional admission if you have at least a 3.0 GPA on your cumulative record (all courses).
Deadlines to submit your admission application to the Graduate School (indicate counseling as your intended major) are June 15th for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. You will receive an electronic letter indicating whether or not you have been accepted on a conditional basis after your application has been reviewed. If you are admitted conditionally, you can start coursework the next semester. Students may not take coursework prior to being admitted. If you are not admitted, you can reapply the next semester. Please contact Steve Johnson, Ph.D., departmental graduate adviser, at email@example.com if you have additional questions or need clarification.
Information for students enrolled in the Alternative Teacher Certification Program (ATCP) whose ultimate goal is to become Certified School Counselors
Students should complete all required ATCP coursework and apply to the Graduate School for the M.Ed. in Counseling at some point after they begin teaching. Completion of an alternative certification program meets nine hours of the required upper division course work in professional education discussed above. SPED 5320 still must be taken at some point. Most school counseling students teach as they pursue their school counseling degree as two years of teaching experience is required to be certified as a school counselor in Texas. Although teaching experience is not required to be admitted to the counseling program, all ATCP coursework should be completed prior to starting work toward the M.Ed. in School Counseling so that may have the student’s complete attention. Also, per Graduate School requirements, there is a six-year limit to obtain the master's degree.