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EIU Master of Science in Counseling

The Simple Steps to Becoming EIU

The M.S. in Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Program (CACREP).

  • Deadline for submitting materials: Feb. 2, 2024. (NOTE: Please make application to the Graduate School in a timely manner to assure that the department receives the items by Feb. 2rd). Application to the Graduate School and Counseling program are both done in MyEIU.
  • The 2024 Interview day will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024, for those who are invited to interview. This interview is mandatory to be considered for admission.
  • All new fully-admitted students will be considered for the Paul Ward Scholarship of up to $2,500 for your first year.
  • School Counseling: Students are required to submit a criminal background investigation. Please contact the office at for more details.

Apply to the Graduate School

All students can apply to the graduate school through MyEIU. The graduate school requires:

  1. A copy of your official transcripts
  2. A $30 application fee

Learn more about the Graduate School admissions process.

Apply to the Program

Applicants also apply to the Counseling program in MyEIU.

The program application requires:

  1. Email addresses for two references who are familiar with your academic work and potential for graduate study.
  2. Current resume or c-v.
  3. A short essay discussing your intent to become a counselor. This essay will also be used for the Paul Ward Scholarship application.

Apply for an Assistantship

If you are interested in a graduate assistantship, you also need to submit a graduate assistantship application.

Graduate assistantships are typically awarded in accordance with the academic year. Assistantship applications are normally accepted through the middle of February; a decision for the next academic year comes within a month. For more information about graduate assistantships, please click here.

Primary Hiring Agent: Dr. Catherine Polydore
Contact Information: or (217) 581-2400
Qualifications: Acceptance into the Master of Science in Counseling (either School or Clinical track)
Hiring Process:
1) Admission Interview
2) Selected admitted students are asked to interview for the departmental GA.

Related Pages

Department of Counseling and Higher Education M.S. in College Student Affairs

Contact Information

Counseling and Higher Education

Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2400

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