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In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Chair of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling

  • Specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Specialization in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
  • Specialization in School Counseling


Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. The application, all official transcripts, and proof of immunizations must be sent to the Office of Admissions, University of Holy Cross (UHC), 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131.

To be considered for admission to Graduate Studies in Counseling, applicants must submit the following prior to the application deadline of the semester for which they are applying:

1. A completed official graduate application form (sent to Admissions);

2. Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work, which must be sent directly from the institutions attended to the Office of Admissions;

3. At least three letters of recommendation written by people qualified to evaluate academic potential and personal and professional promise.  Letters should address the candidate’s character, work ethic, leadership, ability to work with others, communication skills, and ability to complete graduate-level academic work successfully.  These letters should be sent to the Dean of the College of Counseling, Education, and Business, Dr. Carolyn White; and

4. A two-page, double-spaced, typed personal goal statement sent to the Dean of the College of Counseling, Education, and Business, Dr. Carolyn White. The goal statement should provide some background information; the reason the applicant has chosen counseling as a profession; why the applicant believes he or she will be able to form effective counseling relationships; how the applicant demonstrates respect for cultural differences; and some future professional goals.


Admission to Graduate Studies at University of Holy Cross is based on the evaluation of the applicant’s personal, professional, and academic records by the Graduate Faculty. The University recruits qualified applicants from diverse sociocultural backgrounds who display professional promise, intellectual achievement, personal character, and educational commitment. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have the following academic qualifications:

1. A Baccalaureate degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university;

2. A record of undergraduate study that is predictive of success in graduate studies, preferably in a field related to counseling, with a cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; and

3. Satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended.

Foreign and ESL Students

A foreign or ESL (English as a Second Language) applicant must present evidence of satisfactory proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. The applicant may do so by presenting a satisfactory score on the TOEFL (normally 500). For information about TOEFL, the applicant should write to TOEFL, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.  

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