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Admission to the JUMP in Counseling

Admission to the JUMP in Counseling


If you are interested in a department and campus tour with current graduate students of our program, email Dr. Jill Sauerheber and she will connect you with one of our available Campus Visit Coordinators to schedule your visit!

Application Deadline

  • March 1 for fall admission

On Campus Interview for Counseling Program

The on-campus interviews for the JUMP in Counseling will be conducted in a group format from 3-5 pm on the last Tuesday of March. Therefore, it is important that you save this date the March before you wish to enroll in the program. You will have the opportunity to meet faculty, current students, and other applicants, visit the campus, and ask questions so we strongly encourage your attendance to get the most from this experience. However, if you are unable to participate that time because you would need to travel a great distance or have an extenuating circumstance that limits your ability to participant, you may arrange an alternative interview with the program coordinator listed at the bottom of this page.

Overview of the Application Process

Review of completed applications begins March 1st. Reviews employ a holistic approach to evaluate each applicant’s potential to be successful as students and, upon graduation, counseling or student affairs professionals. This approach involves the submission of materials that allows department faculty members to develop a more complete picture of applicants in terms of academic aptitude for graduate-level study, potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, respect for cultural differences, and relevance of career goals to their prospective programs of interest. Faculty rate application materials and rank the applications according to these categories. Highly ranked applicants are invited to interview with faculty and current students in an individual or group setting.

After the completion of the interview, admissions decisions are made based on application ratings and interview evaluations collectively. The application process is competitive with a limited number of openings.

STEP ONE: Complete the Admissions Application Process

Completed applications include a various application materials that must be completed by the application deadlines.

Application portfolios should reflect thought, attention to detail, and appropriate effort. You are applying to a competitive graduate program; it is important that your portfolio represents you in a positive yet realistic manner. Please allow yourself at least a few weeks to complete the entire process.

All of the following materials should be submitted in ONE email to cnsadmissions@wku.edu with the subject heading: JUMP in Counseling Application.

Once the entire application has been completed, the Program Coordinator will be notified. Note that letters of recommendation and GRE scores are NOT required. Please only submit the materials below:

  1. Official Transcript can be scanned and included in the portfolio or official electronic transcripts can be sent directly to cnsadmissions@wku.edu from the National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, or eScript. 
  2. A Statement of Interest of no more than 6 pages in length (including a cover page, and page with references listed) that includes the content noted below. This statement should be in APA format, include correct spelling and grammar, and organized according to the prompts below.
    • Present your career objectives and discuss how a degree in counseling or student affairs (depending on which program is your focus) will prepare you to meet these objectives. Provide support for why you believe your interests and traits (i.e., personal dispositions, interpersonal skills and experiences) match this profession. Be specific and provide examples from your life experiences.
    • Describe your experiences with and respect for cultural diversity. More specifically, discuss how you have formed and maintained relationships with persons from different backgrounds and cultures from your own (i.e., gender, race, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, etc.) in both individual and group contexts. How do you maintain respect for these differences? Use specific examples.
    • Briefly discuss how you deal with stressful events. Discuss how you deal with your emotional reactions to events in your life.
    • Discuss how you are prepared for graduate coursework.
    • Three References (listed on the last page of the statement) who can speak to your academic and/or professional dispositions. Include their full names, job titles, organizations, email addresses, phone numbers, and your relationship to them.

      The statement of interest will be reviewed according to the following: careful reflection, insight, and openness to self-examination in addition to evidence of knowledge, skills, and awareness of interpersonal relationships. Further, the applicant’s career objectives and goals will be considered according to whether they are consistent with the program objectives. Finally, the statement of interest will be reviewed according to proper grammar, writing style, flow of ideas and writing structure, as well as use of APA format.
  1. Background check for Counseling. Please select the Counseling letter. Follow the directions within the letter. There is a fee associated with the background check. If you have questions or problems while filling out the information, please contact the Client Services Team at 1-800-938-6090. This service is an outside company.
  1. An updated resume

STEP TWO: Selected Applicants Invited to Participate in Interview

Based on the review of the application portfolio, highly ranked applicants will receive notification of their eligibility for an individual or group interview. Applicants who completed Step 1 with moderate rankings may be placed on a waiting list depending on the number of students admitted each term. Eligible applicants will be scheduled for interviews on campus with faculty, current students, alumni and/or experienced professionals. Participation in the interview process does not guarantee admission but is a prerequisite for admission. Interviewees who are unable to travel to campus interviews may arrange an online interview with the Program Coordinator. Based on the interview assessment, faculty will make offers for admission to the most highly rated candidates. Applicants with moderate or lower rankings from the interviewers may receive letters indicating that they will be placed on a waiting list or are not eligible for admission based upon the review. If you are on a waiting list, the average time to be notified of your eligibility may be up to 6 weeks.

STEP THREE: If Accepted and Planning to Enroll, Complete Necessary Paperwork

Newly admitted JUMP students should schedule a meeting with their advisor as soon as possible to create a Program of Study, as well as complete the Statement of Intent form. Both documents need to be signed by the student, advisor, department head and/or Graduate School officer and submitted to the Graduate School in order for JUMP students to enroll in courses.

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