Master of Science in Counseling (MSC)

Admission Policies and Financial Information

Updated Fall 2013

Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to the MSC program are as follows:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college with overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0
  2. Official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that indicate strong verbal and quantitative reasoning skills. Official GRE scores must be submitted to Milligan College
  4. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79; or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 5.5; or ELS Master’s Level Proficiency (successful completion of ELS Level 112) (international students)
  5. Two professional or educational references
  6. An undergraduate degree that includes the following prerequisite courses:
    1. At least 9 hours of psychology courses, including General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Research Methods or Statistics
    2. Computer Competency (3 hrs) (can be fulfilled through documented computer competency)
  7. Completed application with personal statement
  8. Interview with faculty admissions committee may be required.
  9. (For School Counseling applicants only) – a letter to the Graduate Education Admissions Committee requesting permission to take the Education courses required for the School Counseling track. This letter should address: which classes the student plans to take, which terms the student plans to take these courses, the student’s rationale for taking these courses, and a statement about why he or she wants to become a school counselor.

Prospective students meeting the minimum admission criteria may be invited to a brief individual interview. Final selection of students will be made by the MSC admissions committee.

Matriculation Requirement

Prior to the first meeting of any class, students must have completed and filed in the Admissions Office the results of a background check by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; the results of this check may disqualify a student from full participation in the Counseling program.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 9 hours of graduate credit in counseling may be considered by the MSC Admissions Committee for transfer from other approved institutions. Grades in the courses being transferred must be a B (3.0) or above. The courses must have been taken in the past five years.

Enrollment of Undergraduate Students in Graduate Courses

Junior and senior level Milligan College students who plan to apply for admission to the M.S.C. program may enroll in one 3-hour graduate course each semester. Up to nine hours of undergraduate work a) beyond the minimum 128 hours of undergraduate requirements and b) in addition to the required hours in students’ respective majors (and/or tracks) may be taken for graduate credit and applied toward the Master of Science in Counseling degree program. Undergraduate students are urged to work closely with their academic advisers and with the Director of the Counseling Program in planning their class schedules.

Conditional Admission

Students who have submitted all required application materials but do not meet the minimum GPA or GRE requirements  may be required to write a statement of motivation and goals. Upon review of all application materials, such students may be granted conditional admission at the discretion of the MSC Admissions Committee.

Conditional admission may be changed to unconditional admission if the student achieves a grade point average of 3.0 after the successful completion of two full semesters. Alternatively, if a student does not achieve a grade point average of 3.0 after two full semesters, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Temporary Withdrawal and Readmission

Because of the nature of the program, students are encouraged to maintain continuous enrollment after beginning classes. Realizing that extenuating circumstances may occur that require a student to withdraw temporarily from the program, there is a provision for one such withdrawal.

Students who determine that it is necessary to withdraw from the program must notify the Director of the Counseling program. Written rationale for the decision to withdraw must be given by the student. That written request is attached to a withdrawal form that is routed to the appropriate College offices by the Director of the Counseling program. The official date of the withdrawal is determined by the date the written request is received by the Director.

Students who withdraw from the MSC program receive “Ws” for any uncompleted courses in the semester in which they are enrolled at the time of the withdrawal. The grade of “F” is recorded for a student who withdraws after the withdrawal deadline. The withdrawal deadline is determined on a semester basis by the Registrar’s Office.

Students receiving financial aid who choose to withdraw from a course or from the program must understand that their decision can have significant consequences related to financial aid. Any refund of tuition or fees in case of withdrawal is governed by the refund policy in the Financial Information section of the catalog. The Registrar makes any exceptions to stated academic withdrawal policy.

In order to be readmitted, students must have approval by the Director of the Counseling program. Students must request readmission within three years of withdrawing. Readmission is granted pending space availability at the appropriate point in the curriculum. Graduation requirements in effect at the time of readmission will apply.

Please see the Milligan College Catalog regarding implications of withdrawal and/or readmission for recipients of financial aid.

Academic Probation and Retention Standards

Retention in the MSC program is based upon academic performance and adherence to the College’s code of academic integrity. Specific standards include but are not limited to:

  1. The student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.0) to graduate from the Counseling program.
  2. The student must earn a grade of at least “C” (2.0) in  elective courses within the program.
  3. The student must earn a grade of at least “B” (3.0) in all   required  courses.
  4. Failure to comply with the above standards will necessitate program faculty action that includes, but is not limited to: repetition of specific courses, fulfillment of additional requirements, academic probation, and/or dismissal from the program.
  5. Students who are dismissed from the MSC program because of academic performance have the option of applying for readmission by submitting a written appeal to the MSC Director. The MSC Director will bring the appeal to the full-time counseling faculty for review in a meeting called by the area chair. The student will be notified in writing of the results. It should be noted readmission is not guaranteed. In addition, those seeking readmission may be required to repeat courses in which less than satisfactory results were achieved.

No refunds or adjustments to tuition and fee charges are granted to persons dismissed from the program for reasons related to academic performance or integrity.

Financial Information

Tuition is $410 per semester hour for new students entering the program. A non-refundable application fee of $30 is required with the application.

Students must make appropriate payment arrangements with the Business Office prior to the start of classes. Please refer to the Financial Information section of the catalog for payment and refund information.

Financial Aid is available. Students should refer to the Financial Aid section of the catalog for information regarding general eligibility requirements, aid available for students enrolled in graduate programs, award criteria for the programs available, etc. Any questions students may have regarding financial aid may be addressed by contacting the Financial Aid office, 800-447-4880.