Admissions Expectations

Admission to the master of education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling 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:

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:

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. 

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 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 GRE institutional code is 1871. The MAT institutional code is 2723. There is no department code.

Applicants whose native language is not English must also provide the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS, unless they have demonstrated competence while attending an accredited U.S. institution. Learn more about international admissions requirements.

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.

Get Started

If you need help with your application or if you have questions about application deadlines, please contact an admissions counselor at admissions@peabodyonline.vanderbilt.edu or 1-855-338-4540.