School Counseling, M.S.


The Master of Science in School Counseling is designed to prepare students to function as professional school counselors in public and private P-12 school settings and to be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at the S-5 level.

Today’s school counselors are vital members of the educational team whose role is essential to facilitate academic achievement, personal and social growth, and career development for all students. Professional school counselors are employed in elementary, middle, and high schools and in district supervisory, counselor education and post-secondary settings. Mercer University’s Master of Science in School Counseling prepares candidates to serve the education community in this essential role. The M.S. in School Counseling program is offered at Mercer's Atlanta campus, and students are admitted three times per year in August, January, and May.


Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Work in diverse populations and understand the culture of various school systems
  • Interpret psychological assessments to improve educational environment for the individual
  • Understand and analyze the effect of a student's educational, social or emotional problems in a school setting
  • Relate academic and theoretical learning in the five areas of comprehensive development school counseling

NOTE: The School Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


In 2019, program graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Upon program completion, the school-counseling student becomes a reflective practitioner, advocating for the needs and rights of students, while collaborating and establishing partnerships with parents, schools, other professionals, and communities. Students are also prepared to be certified by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at the S-5 level. Visit our Program/Student Outcomes page to learn more.

The field experience is intended to provide counseling candidates with a broad-base practical experience in school settings. This experience is designed to have interns relate academic and theoretical learning to field experience in the five areas of developmental comprehensive school counseling:
  • Leadership
  • Advocacy
  • Teaming and Collaboration
  • Counseling and Coordination
  • Assessment and use of Data
Students’ efforts, professional interests, and continued openness to learning will largely determine the quality of their field experiences. The counseling faculty will assist students through this period of professional and personal growth. The field experience bridges the gap between the experiences and skills acquired in the classroom and the world of professional practice. Entering into a field experience placement signals that you have attained sufficient competencies in the practice of school counseling and are ready to function as a beginning professional under the supervision of faculty and site supervisors.
Field Experience Forms
Download and print out the complete Field Experience Handbook and Field Experience forms.

The Master of Science in School Counseling requires a total of 60 semester hours to complete.

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Applicants seeking graduate admission must have a bachelor's degree with an acceptable grade point average from an accredited college or university. The degree may be in any discipline.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now>
  • $35 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required application fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not send cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition. Former or current students of Mercer University need not submit another application fee. 
  • MAT or GRE Test Score
    All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a qualifying score. Scores must be no more than five years old at the time of application. Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE Website. The target score for the MAT is 397, and the target score for the GRE is 151 verbal and 143 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
  • Unofficial MAT or GRE Test Score
    If you have already taken the MAT or GRE and have the score results, we request that you include this information with the application. For example, you may submit a copy of the unofficial score report given at the time the test was taken (sometimes referred to as the "walk-out score report") or a copy of your examinees score report received through the mail. This will allow the admissions department to begin the file evaluation process. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.
  • GACE Program Admissions Test
    All applicants to the School Counseling Program must take and pass the GACE (Georgia Assessment for Certification of Educators) Program Admission Assessments (Reading, Writing and Mathematics) to be fully accepted into the school counseling program (see exemptions below). You will need to go to the ETS (educational testing services) website and register for the test then go to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) website and open a MyPSC account.

Applicants who wish to waive the GACE Program Admissions tests must meet the following testing criteria:

  • SAT – 1000
  • ACT – 43
  • GRE - 297 (1030 if taken before 2011/within the past five years)
  • Transcripts from All Previously Attended Institutions
    Submit an official transcript from each college and university previously attended. Transcripts are required for both undergraduate (including summer school and studies abroad) and graduate course work, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
    Applicants must submit two professional letters of recommendation that speak to the applicants’ aptitude and potential as a School Counselor.

  • Background Check
    Applicants must complete a background check. Please contact Leslie Baxter for additional details and instructions at
  • Goal Statement
    Applicants must submit an autobiographical statement outlining personal and professional experiences that have led to your decision to pursue a career as a school counselor.
  • Résumé
    Applicants must submit a current résumé.
  • Interview


Submit all application supporting materials to:
Mercer University
Office of Graduate Admissions
College of Professional Advancement
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta, GA 30341
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for graduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.

B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

D. Financial Guarantee: International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US$25,000.

E. Visa Status: International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)

Applicants seeking graduate admission into the Master of Science in School Counseling program are required to attend an interview. Interviews will be scheduled upon review of candidate's completed admissions file.  

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Facilities/Tech Fees

Graduate & Professional Students:

1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship - $100 - $375
Practicum - $75 - $250
Fieldwork - $75 - $155
Lab Fee - $100 - $300/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5