Admission to Candidacy and Approval for Clinical Practice

The Graduate Council requires that each student seek admission to candidacy after nine credits and before the end of the following semester. Candidacy is the departmental approval that allows a student to pursue a master’s degree. The application for admission to candidacy can be obtained by clicking on the link below, or from the Counseling Psychology program office in Doudna 126G. To apply for admission to candidacy, the student must provide the following:

  1. Recommendations from three professionals outside the department (i.e., previous employers, co-workers, etc.) who can address the prospective student’s potential as a counselor. These reference forms are also available at the bottom of this page.
  2. Submit an advisor approved Program Plan to the office program assistant for your file.
  3. Verify that all deficiencies have been removed.


A student must have the Counseling Psychology faculty's approval to enroll in any Clinical Track course work (Practicum I, Practicum II, etc.). The faculty will consider the student’s demonstrated counseling skills, communication skills, appropriate personality characteristics, behavioral characteristics, and ability to establish counseling relationships and professionalism in making their decision.

The student must first check with the department program assistant to ensure that he/she has been admitted to candidacy. The student can then request for consideration from his/her advisor for clinical work at a faculty meeting. After the meeting, the student can check with the department program assistant to ensure that he/she has been approved for the clinical portion of the program.

The student may then pick up a Practicum I approval card for registering. These cards are available from the department program assistant once the student has been approved. This card needs to be signed by two Counseling Psychology faculty members in order to be processed.


Application for Admission to Candidacy - Counseling Psychology

Admission to Candidacy Recommendation Form