Butler is eager to receive applications from educators,
behavioral health professionals, and other persons having earned
the minimum of a bachelor's degree. Application forms for admission
to the Master's Degree program in School Counseling must be filed
with the Graduate Admission Office (317) 940-8107 (Diane Dubord,
227 Robertson Hall). Formal admission must be granted in writing by
the Butler University Admission Office. It is also possible to
apply online at the Butler
University Online Application.
Applications may be submitted any time after the start
of the fall semester. The process of reviewing applications
and scheduling interviews begins in January each year.
Personal interviews are scheduled after complete
applications are received by the college of education graduate
studies office, including test scores, if required.
The selection process begins on February 1st
and continues until the cohort is filled. A cohort consists of 24
members and begins each fall.
General Information for Applicants
To be considered for graduate admission, all applicants must
submit the items listed below:
- The application
for graduate admission.
- An official transcript for all colleges or
universities previously attended must be mailed directly from the
issuing institution. The institution must be a regionally
accredited college or university and the transcript must indicate
the date the bachelor's degree was conferred. International
students must hold a degree from an institution recognized by the
government or educational ministry within the country.
Additional Requirements for School Counseling Applications
Applications will be reviewed beginning January 1 for the
following fall semester. Reviews will continue until the cohort of
24 students is filled. There is no spring or summer admission. In
addition to submitting the application and transcripts (see general
information above), all applicants must:
Academic Potential (30%)
- Have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0,
- Submit official results of either the Graduate Record Exam
(GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) to the Office of Graduate
Admissions. Students who already hold a Master's Degree or have
taken fifteen (15) hours of graduate work with a GPA of 3.5 or
higher are exempt from the GRE or MAT.
Professional Potential (50%)
- Submit two letters of recommendation (can be
brought to the interview - see below) - 10%.
- Submit a personal (professional) statement as
described below. - 10%-Writing, 10%-Content
- An interview with a counselor education faculty member also is
required; the graduate education office will contact applicants to
schedule the interview once all application materials are received.
Professional Experience (20%)
The application will not be processed until all
transcripts, other documents and required test scores have been
received. The university will not accept photocopies or facsimile
(fax) copies of any official documents required as part of the
The Admission Decision-Making Process
Upon completion of the interview and beginning January 1 until
the cohort is full, the counselor education faculty reviews all
applications and the extent to which admission requirements are met
and makes a decision to admit, admit with conditions, or to deny
admission. The faculty's admission decisions are then forwarded to
the College of Education's Graduate Committee for final review.
Wait List: If the applicant can be admitted but
the cohort is already full, the applicant will be admitted to the
following year's cohort with no additional paperwork being
required. The applicant will be contacted in January of the
following year to determine if there is continued interest in
becoming part of the program the following August.
Appeals: Applicants desiring to appeal an
admission decision must submit a letter outlining the basis for
their appeal to the College of Education Graduate Committee.
On-Line Applications: All applicants are
encouraged to apply on-line at Butler University Online
Application. There is no fee required with electronic
- Recommendations:The two letters of
recommendation are to be written by counseling, educational, or
behavioral health professionals whenever possible. Writers of
recommendations are encouraged to address how the applicant
exemplifies the following College of Education dispositions or
attitudes listed below (It is not necessary to address all eight.):
- Displays appropriate level of professional behavior
- Takes responsibility for one's own behavior
- Shows an appreciation of diversity and similarity
- Shows caring, concern, and patience
- Demonstrates appropriate professional ethics
- Shows an appreciation for knowledge and skill in the
- Shows appropriate engagement with the teaching (counseling),
- mentoring process
- Demonstrates the ability to collaborate with others
- Professional Statement:The applicant should
write one paragraph addressing how he or she exemplifies each of
the four Core Values of the College of Education:
- The appreciation of diversity and similarity. We value the
richness of experiences, values, beliefs and backgrounds that each
person brings to the learning environment. We encourage our
students to honor differences and see similarities, and we strive
to increase the diversity of our faculty, students and staff.
- The excitement of teaching, learning, and mentoring. We value
teaching (counseling) as an exciting profession that promotes the
autonomy and continued growth of the student as a learner and of
the teacher as a professional. In our practice we support and model
mentoring student with student, teacher with student, and teacher
with teacher. The teaching (counseling)/learning process responds
sensitively to the needs of the students and provides on-going
assessment for the mastery of competencies (teacher = counselor in
- The challenge of integrated practice and collaboration. We
recognize the power of working with others within and outside our
profession, sharing ownership for teaching (counseling) and
learning. We believe the best practitioners integrate their
theory/knowledge base with practical experience:
- connecting the content for meaningful application in varied
- providing a framework for reflection, interpretation and
- encouraging and supporting practitioners as leaders of positive
- The strength of integrity and responsibility. We believe
professionals should demonstrate ethical behavior and establish a
sense of balance between their personal and professional lives.
Everything we do professionally is purposeful, practicing what we
International Student Admission
In addition to the items listed above, international applicants
must submit the items listed below:
- Academic records (transcripts) in their
original language along with an official English translation.
- Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign
Language (TOEFL) indicating a score of 550 or above (213
if taking the computerized TOEFL), unless their native language is
English or they already have received a baccalaureate or equivalent
degree from a regionally accredited university in the United
States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec),
English-speaking Africa, Australia or New Zealand.
- Proof of financial support for educational and living
expenses while at Butler University. The documents
required are official bank statements and affidavits of support
from all sponsors. Visa documents will not be issued until the
university is assured that the annual costs can be met.