M.Ed. Admissions

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

COVID-19 Admissions Update

Due to COVID-19, Miller Analogies Test (MAT) testing sites may be closed. Applicants may provide other evidence of verbal and quantitative ability with their applications. Evidence can include, but is not limited to, research projects, journal publications, analytical writing samples, or the GRE or GMAT, both of which offer at-home options. Contact an admissions counselor for more information.

Upcoming Deadlines

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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:

  • bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA.
  • The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) must have been taken within the last 5 years and applicants must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency. GRE scores may be submitted in lieu of the MAT. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years and applicants must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • 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.
  • The ability to communicate effectively through an admissions interview. After application submission, applicants who need to complete an online interview will be contacted.

Applicants must submit the following items with their application:

Transcripts

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:

Vanderbilt University
Application Processing Center
Peabody Online
PO Box 30096 025-001
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s), through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution, or delivered in the original sealed envelope from the institution(s). If a transcript appears to have been opened, unencrypted or downloaded by any party other than Vanderbilt University Application Processing Center, it will be marked as unofficial.

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?

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. 

Résumé

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 are required to submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The MAT must have been taken within the last 5 years and applicants must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency. Our MAT institutional code is 2332.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE scores) may be submitted in lieu of the MAT. The GRE must have been taken within the last 5 years and you must have an official score report sent directly from the testing agency. Our GRE institutional code is 1871 and 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 Peabody College of education and human development 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 +1-855-338-4540.