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William & Mary Admissions Requirements

As you prepare your application for William & Mary’s Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Counseling, know that Admissions 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) as well as GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores (40th percentile or higher preferred in GRE Verbal).

*Please note: Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have temporarily suspended the GRE requirement for all applicants through Fall 2021 as many of the testing centers have been closed. We will look for other evidence of both verbal and quantitative ability during your application review.

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 a military or veterans servicemember, speak with an advisor about determining your eligibility for an app fee waiver.
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE scores:
    • Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have temporarily suspended the GRE requirement for all applicants through Fall 2021 as many of the testing centers have been closed. We will look for other evidence of both verbal and quantitative ability during your application review.
  • 3 letters of recommendation from academic and professional references
  • Personal essay
  • Resume detailing full employment history

Download the Application Checklist

Additional Requirements for International Students

During the application process, students applying as non-U.S. citizens must present proof that they have successfully passed either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 100 on the internet version (or comparable, if test is not taken online), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, with a minimum score of 7.0.

Students may transfer up to 12 hours of approved credits.

Preparing Your Personal Essay

Your personal essay is an important means of sharing with us the reasons why you are drawn to counseling and what career aspirations you intend to pursue following successful completion of the Online M.Ed. in Counseling program. These pieces are usually two to three pages in length and can be submitted electronically with the online application.

As you begin to outline and compose your essay using the following guiding questions, please think about your career aspirations, past academic, professional and volunteer experience, leadership potential, collaborative skills and propensity to engage in reflective practice: Guiding questions:

  1. What has led you to become interested in becoming a counselor?
  2. Why are you interested in pursuing your counselor education at William & Mary?
  3. How will your graduate degree in Counseling at William & Mary help you achieve your career goals?
  4. What strengths would you bring to your graduate studies at William & Mary?
  5. What do you think would be the greatest challenge(s) for you in your graduate studies at William & Mary? How would you address the challenge(s)?

If you have any questions regarding the composition of your personal essay, we encourage you to contact an Admissions Advisor at 866-870-6966 for clarification of expectations and requirements.

Schedule an Admissions Call

Admissions Timeline

In addition to our How to Apply guide, we have created a sample timeline to guide you through the application process. While your personal timeline may differ, we encourage you to reference the sample timeline below to keep track of important William & Mary admissions milestones and plan for how much time you should expect to spend on each task.

DAILY TASKS
Day 1
Request Official Transcripts30 min
Request Letters of Recommendation45 min
Update Resume/CV30 min
Day 2
Complete FAFSA30 min
Day 3
If you need to take the GRE, schedule your test and send confirmation*10 min
Day 4
Submit your application**15min

*Due to COVID-19 concerns, we have temporarily suspended the GRE requirement for all applicants through Fall 2021 as many of the testing centers have been closed. We will look for other evidence of both verbal and quantitative ability during your application review.
**You can submit your application prior to William & Mary receiving your official transcripts, official GRE scores, or letters of recommendation; however, you must provide contact details for three recommenders, your resume, personal statement, unofficial transcripts, and unofficial GRE scores by the final application deadline.

Ramsey Ghunim

Meet Your Admissions Advisor: Ramsey Ghunim

Ramsey Ghunim began his career with William and Mary in March of 2020. Ramsey has operated in the realm of higher education for seven years. Having found early success as a Senior Admissions Advisor with Wiley Global Education, Ramsey has since earned a reputation as a student-centered advisor. Ramsey’s enthusiastic approach to William and Mary’s admissions recruitment places high emphasis on integrity, culture, and student empowerment in equal measure.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia College and is currently in the process of achieving a Masters Degree in Social Work.

Email: counselingonline@wm.edu
Toll Free: (866) 870-6966
Local: (757) 903-0072 (ext. 302)

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 Advisor.
Preparing You for Licensure
All 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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Are You Ready To Apply?

MAY
7
Priority Application Deadline
May 7
Fall 2021 Term
JUL
2
Application Deadline
July 2
Fall 2021 Term
AUG
30
Next Start
Aug 30
Fall 2021 Term

Important Dates

MAY
7
Priority Application Deadline
May 7
Fall 2021 Term
JUL
2
Application Deadline
July 2
Fall 2021 Term
AUG
30
Next Start
Aug 30
Fall 2021 Term

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1. Retrieved on January 10, 2018, from bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/substance-abuse-behavioral-disorder-and-mental-health-counselors.html

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