Graduate Counseling Post-Master's Degree Certificate

Indiana Wesleyan University offers a Post-Master's Degree Certificate to persons seeking specialized academic preparation in one of the major areas of study offered by the Graduate Counseling program, but who do not desire or require degree completion. This includes persons who have already obtained a Master of Arts degree in a counseling-related program, but whose degree program and/or post-graduate clinical experiences do not meet specific state licensure or national certification requirements. In such cases, program faculty members collaborate with the student to develop a specific program of study that seeks to fulfill the identified academic requirements. It is the responsibility of the student to provide evidence identifying the specific academic content or coursework required by the particular credentialing entity. This evidence is typically discovered through the student's consultation with the particular licensure/certification board.

Coursework for the Post-Master's Degree Certificate may be taken onsite at our Marion or Indianapolis (West) sites. Those pursuing a certificate in Student Development Counseling and Administration may also complete their coursework online.

Admission Requirements

  1. Official transcripts showing a completed graduate degree in a counseling-related program.
  2. At least a 3.0 GPA in previous graduate work.
  3. A letter stating the reason for seeking state licensure. In those cases where the applicant is seeking to fulfill requirements for any licensure/certification, identification of specific course requirements for inclusion in his/her program of study for any license/certification process is the responsibility of the applicant.

Completion Requirements

  1. Successful completion of prescribed coursework while maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
  2. Payment of all tuition and fees.

If it is determined by a licensure or certification board that only clinical hours (practicum and/or internship) are needed, the student must demonstrate evidence of entry-level proficiency in the delivery of counseling services. This is typically accomplished by presenting a recorded sample of the applicant's direct service to a client and a reference from a qualified (master's level with at least two years of experience) supervisor. This tape and reference will be reviewed by the Graduate Counseling faculty and be considered in the acceptance process.

NOTE: State regulations may prohibit licensure for individuals who have ever been convicted of a crime of violence or of any crime that has a direct bearing on the ability to practice competently. The applicant is responsible to check the licensing requirements with his or her state licensing agency prior to beginning the program.


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