M.Ed. Admissions

Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) with School Counseling Specialization

Upcoming Deadlines

Upcoming Deadlines
Program Start Date Priority Application Deadline Final Application Deadline
January 6, 2020 October 4, 2019 November 1, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible. Students who submit their application by the priority deadline will receive an admissions decision sooner.

Application Requirements

Admission to the master of education (M.Ed.) in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling program depends on several factors, including the overall quality of application materials, relevant degree(s) from accredited institution(s), and applicant/program fit. Applicants interested in applying to the master of education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling program should meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA.
  • A high level of verbal and critical thinking ability. Evidence may include the GRE, MAT, or other indicators of verbal and quantitative skills.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • The ability to communicate effectively through an admissions interview.
  • A Statement of Purpose that clearly indicates academic qualifications, professional and academic goals, and reasons for seeking the degree.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must provide the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS, unless they have demonstrated competence while attending an accredited U.S. institution.

Applicants must submit the following items with their application:


Official academic records from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted. Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available, please specify that your transcript(s) be sent to apps@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu, as this will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Your transcripts can be sent by mail to:

M.Ed. Application Processing Services
Peabody Online
Suite 501
7900 Harkins Road
Lanham, MD 20706

Statement of Purpose

Applicants to the M.Ed. in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling program are required to write a statement of purpose that clearly indicates their academic qualifications, professional and academic goals, and reasons for seeking the degree. This is crucial in providing information about your personal qualifications for graduate study, background, intellectual interests, career goals, ability to take advantage of unique opportunities offered by the program, academic and research experiences, and relevant work or practical experience. This written essay is an opportunity for you to highlight several key things to the faculty:

  • Motivation: Why do you want to pursue your M.Ed. in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling? Why do you want to pursue it specifically through Peabody Online at Vanderbilt University?
  • Strengths and Experiences: What personal strengths and experiences have confirmed for you that you are well-suited to be a licensed school counselor?
  • Verbal and Quantitative Skills: What are ways that you have demonstrated your verbal and/or quantitative skills? What evidence suggests that you will succeed in an academically rigorous graduate program? Please keep this prompt in mind especially if you are not submitting GRE scores with your application.

Although there are no parameters on the length of the Statement of Purpose, we recommend that you take care to address all three prompts. Should you want to showcase prior work, do not send lengthy examples; abstracts or short descriptions are preferable. 


A professional résumé is required. Your résumé should include all relevant professional and academic experience and accomplishments.

Reference letters

You should submit at least three letters of recommendation from professors, research supervisors, or others who can assess your potential for advanced graduate work. Please ask your recommenders to be as specific as possible about issues directly relevant to advanced graduate study.

Standardized Tests

Applicants with undergraduate GPAs of 2.75 or above are strongly encouraged but not required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Applicants who do not submit GRE or MAT scores must specifically highlight in the application other indicators of verbal and quantitative aptitude. The GRE is required for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75. The GRE is an opportunity for applicants to present additional evidence of the quantitative and verbal skills required for graduate level study.

An official GRE or MAT score report must be sent directly from the testing agency. The institution code for the GRE is 1871. The institution code for the MAT is 2723. There is no department code.

Admissions Interview

All admissible M.Ed. applicants will be invited to schedule an interview prior to receiving an admissions decision. You should be prepared to effectively communicate your professional and academic goals and reasons for seeking this degree.

Non-Native English Speakers

In addition to program-specific application requirements, applicants whose native languages are not English must also submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores.

We accept TOEFL scores that are paper-based (550+), computer-based (213+) and internet-based (80+). IELTS scores should be a 7.0 composite with no band lower than a 6.5. An official score report sent directly from the testing agency is required. Our institution code for the TOEFL is 1871; there is no department code. There is no institution code for the IELTS.

TOEFL or IELTS scores are required from all applicants whose native languages are not English unless they have received a college degree from an institution in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, or from an English medium university in South Africa.

International Transcripts

Those who earned degrees from non-U.S. institutions who are admitted and enroll at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College are required to have their transcripts evaluated by an approved credentials evaluation agency and to have an official report sent by the agency to the Graduate Admissions Office. The World Education Services (WES) is the preferred agency used by Peabody College. A WES evaluation is not required for the application.

Get Started

Begin your application to the Peabody College M.Ed. program today, or contact an admissions counselor with any of your questions at admissions@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu or Phone Number: +1-855-338-4540.

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