Admission Requirements

Counselor education programs are shaped by a central commitment to provide learning experiences that will allow each graduate to become a fully functioning, helping professional in an evolving and diverse world. Students applying to the CNED program should possess qualities inclusive of accountability, commitment, and personal and professional growth. The learning experience includes activities with focus on knowledge, skills, and personal development. Applicants may contact the program coordinator, Kristin Higgins, 479-575-3329 or for more information. All potential students must apply both to the University of Arkansas Graduate School and the Counselor Education and Supervision Program. Below you can link to the Graduate School to receive application instructions and download the appropriate application forms.

Ph.D. Brochure

Application Deadlines

  • Jan. 15 - Summer/Fall Admission Consideration
  • Sept. 15 - Spring Admission Consideration

Fall On-Campus Interview Dates

After review of applications, students invited for an on campus interview will be notified via email. Spring on-campus interviews will occur on the following dates:

  • October 15 - Masters Interviews (8:30 a.m. - noon)
  • October 16 - PhD Interviews (8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Application Forms

Master of Science (M.S.) in Counseling (Admission Checklist)

Doctorate (Ph.D.) in Counselor Education

  • Autobiographical Sketch Outline
  • Program Application Form
  • Writing Sample
  • Recent (within 6 months of application deadline) video recording of a counseling session (approximately 30 minutes) showcasing your counseling skills and theoretical orientation. Bring to interview on encrypted flash-drive or DVD. Applicants can complete this requirement in one of three ways:
    • create a role play video with a volunteer client.
    • video record a real counseling session with an actual client (client permission must accompany video recording)
    • CNED program can arrange a mock session with volunteer on campus in one of our counseling rooms (contact David Christian to arrange this).
  • Graduate School Application
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Official GRE scores indicating capacity for doctoral-level performance.
  • Letters of Recommendation (refer to Graduate School application)
  • On-campus interview (schedule will be set after deadline)

Please submit your CNED application documents simultaneously to the CNED Admissions Coordinator, 106 Graduate Education Building, Fayetteville, AR 72701 or by email to

Note: Please see the page "Applying to the Graduate School" for detailed instructions on deadlines, submitting materials and related matters.