Admissions Requirements - School Counseling

Admissions Requirements

  • Free Online Application - The application includes a 350 word essay. In addition to your educational and career goals, please rate yourself regarding your potential success in forming effective and culturally relevant interpersonal relationships in individual and small-group contexts. 
  • Official Bachelor's Degree Transcript. Unofficial or in progress transcripts are acceptable to begin the admissions review process. Applicants for the Fall 2016 semester and beyond will be expected to have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applications for candidates with less than a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be reviewed by the program director for an admissions decision and may include additional requirements (e.g., personal interview, GRE/GMAT, etc.)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation. Letters can be professional or academic references. One Letter of Recommendation must come from an undergraduate or graduate professor.
  • Resume
  • Disposition Rating Form - Please fill out form and attach to application in the documents section

Program Start Dates: New graduate students are admitted three times a year: Spring (January), Summer (May-June) and Fall (late August). There are no deadlines for applying, we operate on a rolling admissions basis. 

Additional Requirements for International Students

  • Canadian and other international applicants must provide a completed Certification of Finances Form. 
  • International students who have completed university coursework outside the U.S. and Canada are required to have their transcripts and degrees evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service such as World Education Services (WES) 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score, IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score, or a CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) score. 

TOEFL:    79 IBT or 550 PBT
IELTS:    6.5 overall
CAEL:    70 overall

  • Students from Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa are waived from the language proficiency requirement.
  • Student who completed a 4 year degree (on campus) at a U.S. college/university are waived from the language proficiency requirement.  

Successful completion of the items below is required by the end of the first semester of study:

  • Completion of the Counseling and Human Services screening process which include the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2), a written autobiography, and an empathy test. 
  • An individual interview must be completed with the student’s academic advisor reviewing the results of the Candidate Screening Battery and creating a plan of study.
  • The Candidate Screening Battery testing dates occur twice a semester (Fall & Spring) and once during the Summer.  One can sign up for the Screening Battery on the 8th floor of the Churchill Academic Tower, outside of Twr-802.

All items can be mailed, faxed or emailed to:

Canisius College
Graduate Admissions Office - Lyons Hall 120
2001 Main Street 
Buffalo, NY 14208

Fax - 716-888-3290

Email - 

Questions? Contact Us at 1-800-950-2505 or 1-716-888-2545

If you have been an inactive student for two years or more, please complete a Re-admit Form.

Program Advisement Information:

All students/candidates in the Department of Counseling and Human Services have an assigned advisor to assist them throughout their studes. Advisors are assigned by alphabet in the following manner:

  • A-D: Dr. Holly D'Angelis, ext.3187.
  • E-I: Dr. David Farrugia, ext. 2393.
  • J-M: Dr. Michael Rutter, ext. 3721.
  • N-R: Dr. Ann Marie Lenhardt, ext. 2398.
  • S-Z: Dr. James Donnelly, ext 3292.