Admissions Information

The admissions process for UNC Charlotte’s Ph.D. Program in Counseling consists of a holistic evaluation, considering multiple aspects of each applicant’s identity. Admissions and application requirements are listed below.  Review of applications will begin on December 1. Initial program interviews are scheduled for mid-January.

The Graduate School Admissions website is: Please note that to apply to the UNC Charlotte Ph.D. Program in Counseling, you must submit your application on the student portal of the Graduate School, found at The Graduate School only forwards completed applications to the Department of Counseling for review.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Possess a Master's Degree in counseling from a CACREP accredited program with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 (on a scale of 4.0) or higher.
  2. One year of experience as a professional counselor preferred.
  3. A satisfactory score on the GRE or MAT within the last 5 years.
  4. High level of professionalism and potential for leadership (letters of reference).
  5. Clear objectives related to obtaining Ph.D. (essay, interview).
  6. International students must submit official test scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 550 on the written tests or 220 on the computer-based test or a score of at least 85% on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).  All tests must have been taken within the past two years.
  7. Possess appropriate interpersonal skills as determined in personal interviews with program faculty


Application Requirements:

  1. Application form
  2. Three letters of reference from someone who knows the applicant's current work and/or academic achievements in previous degree work.
  3. Two official transcripts of all academic work attempted since high school.
  4. GRE or MAT scores (within last 5 years).
  5. TOEFL or MELAB scores if an international student.
  6. A current resume or portfolio.
  7. Documentation of counseling experience.
  8. Professional and personal goal statement.