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Hi everyone! I'm getting started and planning ahead for the fall when I'll be applying to PSU's Counselor Education program, and I was wondering if anyone had any words of advice -- I applied to the PSU MSW program last year and wasn't accepted, which actually turned out to be fine because it made me reflect on exactly what program to pursue, and I've settled on an MFT Counselor track in the Graduate School of Education at PSU. That said, the application process last year was so stressful and it was obviously tough to be rejected, so I'm trying to come back much stronger this year. I have an undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and I have a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology. I've volunteered in a domestic violence shelter for about a year (it will be 1.5 years by the time applications are due) doing direct-service work with participants, and have worked in administration at a couple of nonprofits for the last 6 years. I'm hoping to take the prerequisite 'Intro to Counseling' course at PSU this fall as a non-degree seeking student to get a little more face-time at the university and possibly make some connections there (the admissions advisor I spoke to said it was a good starting point). Does anyone have any wisdom to share? For the MSW program, the piece that I wasn't fully aware of was how much emphasis they put on direct social work experience, and I think that's why I wasn't accepted. I'm curious to know if there are any pieces like that in the GSE Counselor master's program that I should try and address now. Thanks!
I was looking in the online system and it looks like I was rejected outright for the LMFT Master's program at TWU. I'm rather baffled as my stats were, I thought, good enough to place me high up on the acceptance list. I'm trying to sort out what happened so I can shore up application deficiencies for such time when I reapply and for applications to other institutions. I have a B.S. from UTD, a double major in psychology and child learning and development. I graduated magna cum laude (top 10%) with a cumulative GPA of 3.895. I have a year of experience as a research assistant for the behavioral and brain PhD. program head, and two semesters of teaching internship for another professor so my letters of recommendation ought to be solid (TBH though, I haven't viewed them as I've heard that's a no-no). I have over a year volunteer experience for a crisis line, hundreds of hours of volunteer with animal rescue, homeless shelters, and student organizations -- including a service award from UTD for amount of volunteer hours served. I even took a Master's level class for undergraduate credit in my final semester in order to demonstrate I could handle the material. The only item I'm lacking is a GRE score, which this program didn't require. I'd initially geared my application to be competitive for UTSW's Clinical/Counseling PhD. program as it has the most demanding cutoff point in the area. At this point I'm a little terrified there's some glaring problem in my application that caused me to get an interview, but then be rejected outright. I did my first two years at a community college and got an A.S. before I transferred to UTD, I don't think that would have counted against me though? I did get an invitation to interview for another similar program in the same department, the LPC program. I'm not certain if that means anything at all as I applied to both. The requirements for the program were: 3.25 GPA on last 60 hours Letter of intent Participation in Interview Day There were only four candidates for the Master's program on TWU's interview day. It seems like lack of space wouldn't have been the issue. I'm curious if my age had something to do with it? I'm 40, which is older than traditional students, but I don't know if that had anything to do with my rejection. Perhaps I really bombed the interview or written essay portion after the interview? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated as this is causing a bit of an existential crisis.