All persons must complete the formal written application for admission to graduate studies. General qualifications for admission are a master’s degree in school counseling, counseling with a school counseling add-on, a counseling-related field*, or education with a teaching-related emphasis* from a regionally accredited college or university (CACREP/NCATE preferred).
* In addition to completing the Ed.S. coursework, candidates must also complete all master's level school counseling courses required for initial certification.
Required Admissions Materials
Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
Mailing Address - All application materials and admissions correspondence should be mailed to:Mercer University
Atlanta, GA 30341
Fall Semester (August) - July 1
Spring Semester (January) - November 1
Application –Complete the Application for Admissions. You may complete the Application for Admission online.
Application Fee -Please include $35 application fee ($50 for international applicants) 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. Mailing address is provided above.
MAT/GRE - All applicants must take the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Testing information can be provided through the official MAT or GRE website. The target score for the MAT is 406 and the target score for the GRE is 152 verbal and 144 quantitative. This is but one tool used in the decision making process.
Unofficial MAT/GRE - 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.
Transcripts –Applicants must submit one official transcript from each college and university 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. A transcript request form is provided to assist you in this process. Complete the transcript request form and submit it to each school's registrar. The registrar will return the transcripts to you in a sealed institution envelope. Do not open the envelope. Former and current Mercer University students need not request a Mercer University transcript.
Copy of Professional Certifications/Licensure – Applicants must hold S-5 counseling certification.
Copy of a Scholarly Paper – Applicants must submit a sample of his/her writing ability. This paper is preferably one written during graduate school.
One Letter of Recommendation – Submit one letter of recommendation/support from a person in current or past leadership structure.
Typed Narrative of Personal Philosophy of Education – The ideal length is two to three typed double spaced pages.
Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae – This should include current and past job responsibilities and positions held.