William & Mary Admissions Requirements

As you prepare your application for William & Mary’s Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling, know that admissions outreach advisors are always on standby, ready to assist you to answer your questions, clarify admissions requirements and review the materials needed. We also encourage you to check out our step-by-step How to Apply guide, which walks you through the process of applying through our online portal.

William & Mary is proud to accept applicants of various academic backgrounds, and all applications are reviewed holistically. With this in mind, our baseline requirement is that all applicants have a completed bachelor’s degree (or equivalent); in conjunction with this, we recommend a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Full Application Requirements

When you are ready to begin the application process, we ask that you be prepared to submit the following:

  • Completed online application
  • Application fee of $50
    • If you are an honorably discharged or active duty service member; Fullbright or McNair Scholar; or AmeriCorps or PeaceCorps participant, speak with an Admissions Outreach Advisor about determining your eligibility for an application fee waiver.
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended: Unofficial is accepted during the review process. Official transcript is required upon matriculation.
  • 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume detailing full employment history

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Non-Discrimination Notice

Unless otherwise constrained by law, William & Mary is committed to providing an environment for its students that is free from discrimination based on any personal factor unrelated to qualifications or performance such as race or color, citizenship, national origin or ethnicity, ancestry, religion or creed, political affiliation or belief, age, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, marital status, pregnancy status, parental status, height, weight, military service, veteran status, caretaker status, or family medical or genetic information. Read W&M's full non-discrimination notice

Notice of Contingent Status of Admission Offers

Offers of admission are contingent upon continuing to meet high standards of academic performance, personal conduct and completion of all work in progress. Furthermore, prior to enrollment at William & Mary students are required to submit answers to questions about criminal and disciplinary history and to comply with the university's Disclosure of Arrest Policy. The university reserves the right to refund an enrollment deposit and rescind admission for failure to comply with these expectations or in cases where criminal or disciplinary history reveals an unacceptably high risk to the personal safety, academic integrity or core values of the William & Mary community.

Notice of Availability of Annual Security Report

Information about campus safety and security may help you in your decision to apply. The most recent Campus Security and Fire Safety Report for William & Mary, including the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, is available on W&M's website for review. This report is required by federal law and contains policy statements and crime statistics. Three years' worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university or on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus. The full report is available online, or you may request a paper copy in person or to be mailed to you at no expense from the Office of Compliance & Equity, James Blair Hall, Suite 101, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23185, 757-221-3146.

Meet Your Admissions Outreach Advisor: John Monitnola

Video Transcript

John Montinola:
Hello, my name is John Monitnola, and I advise on behalf of the online programs. Thank you for your interest.

Furthering your education is a big decision, and you may not know what questions to ask.

Whether you're just researching or ready to move forward with the application process, I'm here to help to determine if this is the right fit for you.

When you have a few minutes, I'm happy to review some important details, answer your questions, and most importantly, learn more about you to determine if you're a competitive candidate for the school. I'd love to connect.

Please schedule a time to talk per the link in my email correspondence, via the website, or simply respond to this message to coordinate a convenient appointment time for you.

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Email: counselingonline@wm.edu
Toll Free: (866) 870-6966
Local: (757) 903-0072 (ext. 850)

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Don’t Let Tuition Halt Your Progress
We believe in the power of education and are therefore proud to assist prospective and current students in financing their degrees. For more information regarding tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, visit our tuition and financial aid page, or contact an admissions outreach advisor.
Preparing You for Licensure
All concentration and specialization paths within our Online M.Ed. in Counseling program—Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs, Military and Veterans Counseling, and School Counseling are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and prepare you for required and optional licensure opportunities.
Counseling Careers are in High Demand
By pursuing a future in counseling, you’ve opted for a career field that demonstrates faster-than-average job growth.1 Not only that, our faculty and facility resources will help to broaden your professional network throughout the course of your program and support your efforts to facilitate targeted career opportunities post-graduation.
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Important Dates for Counseling

Priority Application Deadline
October 4
Spring 2025 Term
Application Deadline
December 6
Spring 2025 Term
Next Start
January 6
Spring 2025 Term

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