School Counseling

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MED EDGC Summer I* January 9, 2024
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
Program Coordinator Dr. Lewis Hatcher (
Address School of Education
CB# 3500, Peabody Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-966-5266 or 919-843-2740
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements
In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants should submit three letters of recommendation from people who know them well academically, professionally, and/or personally.  At least one of the three letters should be from someone qualified to assess a candidate’s academic ability and ability to form positive relationships with children and/or adolescents.

Transcripts from all post secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions, extensions programs, study abroad and four year universities) are required to be uploaded in the application. Each applicant should obtain an unofficial copy of their transcripts and either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan it into a file that can be uploaded. It is the responsibility of the applicant to view each upload and make sure it is clear and legible. If a degree was earned at any post secondary institution, the transcript upload must show proof of degree.

Admitted applicants will be required to submit official transcripts from all institutions to the Graduate School as well as the School of Education.

Statement of Purpose
A major criterion in the admission process is the applicant’s statement of purpose describing his/her commitment to working with children and adolescents in a school setting.  It should include why the applicant is applying to the UNC-CH program specifically, and the level of counseling they most would like to be placed in:  elementary, middle or high school.

Applicants must also submit a resume which must include a list of experiences working with children and/or adolescents, such as jobs and volunteer efforts, along with the duration of each experience.  Additional consideration will be given to applicants with counseling-related experience and/or experience working with diverse children and adolescents, and to applicants who have experience working in or with schools.  Your experience working with children and/or adolescents MUST be obvious in either your resume or statement of purpose.

Applicants who are considered to be finalists for admission to the program will be asked to complete an interview with the faculty.  Interviews are scheduled on selected Fridays in January and February.  In the event an applicant cannot travel to Chapel Hill for a face-to-face interview, a telephone interview may be scheduled for particular circumstances.

Incomplete Applications
All application materials, including letters of recommendation and matched official test scores (if applicable), must be received by the application deadline.  Score matching does not begin until applications are submitted, and can take up to a week to match, so please plan accordingly.  Applications that are incomplete after the deadline will NOT be reviewed for admission.

All application materials are submitted electronically.  Applicants are responsible for monitoring their application status and ensuring that their application, including letters of recommendation and official test scores, is complete by the application deadline.  Failure to do so will result in your application not being reviewed for admission.

Additional Contact Information:

Clinical Coordinator: Dr. Lewis Hatcher (
Student Contact: