College of Education

Counselor Education - Graduate

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The University of Kentucky Counselor Education Program (CED) prepares students to be qualified and ethical counselors practicing in the specialty areas of Rehabilitation and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. The CED curriculum facilitates evidence-based skill development for new counselors. Students will be introduced to techniques and theories for developing a counseling practice that is socially just, culturally competent, and client centered. Graduates will receive a Master's of Arts in Counseling with a concentration in either Rehabilitation Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Both concentration areas align with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Standards.

Application Requirements

  1. An undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75, or a graduate GPA of at least 3.00.
  2. A personal interview with program faculty.
  3. Three letters of recommendation
    • Three references indicating appropriateness of the student for the program
  4. Personal Statement
    • A written statement indicating interest in and goals for the degree program.


The GRE is not required for admission to this program.


Final admissions decisions are the purview of the program faculty. Following the application deadline, interviews will be scheduled for the applicant and program faculty. The interview will review student’s relevant experience, education, and long-term goals. The full faculty will review the file and recommendation and make a decision on admission. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA while enrolled in the program or they will be put on Academic Probation via the Graduate School Policies.


  • Summer: April 1
  • Fall: April 1