Application Process

Application Process Overview
The faculty and administration in the Graduate Programs in Counseling take the process of training counselors very seriously. The application process is therefore very thorough and critical to both our admissions and educational process. We greatly value our application process that accepts only those whom we believe will make the best counselors. We do not require the GRE because we do not want to simply quantify potential applicants. Our desire is for our admissions process to allow us to get to know each applicant as a person in order to see if that person will be a good fit for our program, and that our program will be the right program for the applicant. Also, we firmly believe that our program is challenging, demands excellence from our students, and more than adequately prepares all of our students for the variety of situations faced as a counselor. We are looking for future students who can excel in the classroom, be flexible in thought, and have the ability to connect with and engage others from various backgrounds and circumstances. We accelerate our program because we want our students to get the best training possible, while also being able to start their career as soon as possible.

Application Deadlines
Bethany: Fall Semester (Early Admissions – March 1st; Regular Admissions – June 1st)
Bethany: Spring Semester (October 15th)
Tulsa: Fall Semester (August 1st)

Application Process
Application Checklist
Work History Form
Background Check Release
Recommendation Form

All steps are required to be completed prior to the application deadline for the group you are applying for if you desire to obtain an interview.

Step 1: You must meet the following requirements to apply to our program: Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; have taken at least 18 hours of psychology related undergraduate coursework (General or Introduction to Psychology and Statistics are required); have maintained at least a 2.70 GPA during your undergraduate coursework; have a satisfactory score on the TOEFL (international students only).

Step 2: Send your official transcripts in order to verify that you meet our application requirements.

For Bethany applicants, transcripts can be emailed to Scott Secor (, faxed to (405) 491-6375, or mailed to: Scott Secor, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK 73008.

For Tulsa applicants, transcripts can be emailed to Kim Roach (, or mailed to: Kim Roach, Southern Nazarene University, 8210 E. Regal Court, Tulsa, OK 74133.

Step 3: If you meet the application requirements, you can complete the rest of the application process: online application; three recommendations; work history form, writing exam; background check release; $50 application fee.

Step 3b: If you do not meet the application requirements, Bethany applicants can email Scott Secor ( and Tulsa applicants can email Kim Roach ( and they will provide you with options to consider.

Step 4: You will be contacted to set up your interview once the admissions deadline for the group you are applying for has been reached,provided that you have submitted all application materials.

Application Materials Descriptions
The Graduate Programs in Counseling prefers that applicants have at least two academic recommendations; however, we also realize that this is not always feasible. Therefore, please at least try to obtain one academic recommendation. If academic references are not possible, please submit professional recommendations. All recommendations can be emailed or mailed to Scott Secor ( for Bethany applicants and to Kim Roach ( for Tulsa applicants.

Work History Form
The program does not require applicants to have had mental health experience prior to applying. However, the work history form is an opportunity for the admissions committee to gauge applicants' mental health and volunteer experience.

Writing Exam
The writing exam will be emailedto applicantsupon request. Bethany applicants, please email Scott Secor ( to obtain the login information when you are ready to take the exams.Tulsa applicants can email Kim Roach ( to obtain login information.

The links will contain two timed writing exams. One is an "issue" and the other an "argument." Each are timed. Applicants will be scored on their ability to analyze an issue and argument along with being evaluated on written aptitude. This section allows applicants to take both the argument and issue exams twice.

Further, the writing exam contains a counseling vignette for applicants to respond to and a personal statement or goals essay. Neither of these are timed or scored.

Background Check Release
The Graduate Programs in Counseling requires a background check for all applicants. Filling out and sending in the background check release allows the program to conduct your background check.

Application Fee
All applicants are required to submit a $50 application fee prior to their interview. The Graduate Programs in Counseling accepts either cash or check. Checks should be made out to the Graduate Programs in Counseling. Application fees can be paid at the time of your interview.

Interview Process
The interview is designed to assist the faculty in determining the fit between the applicant and the program/profession. The program seeks to admit students who best reflect key characteristics of effective counselors in the field. The interview process itself will consist of two individual interviews and one group interview.

Applicants will be contacted by the department to schedule their interview once the deadline for applications has been reached and if the applicant has submitted all required application materials. The admissions committee meets to make admissions decisions after all interviews have been conducted. Applicants will be informed within two weeks after the interview about their application status. Applicants then are given generally a month to inform the department of their acceptance or denial of the invitation to join the group.

Financial Aid
While the admissions process is being completed, applicants are encouraged to contact the financial aid department to begin the process of obtaining information about student aid. The graduate financial aid department can be reached at (405) 491-6685.

Contact your admissions counselor for more information:

Bethany Applicants
Scott Secor
Assistant Director
Graduate Programs in Counseling
Phone: 405-717-6269
Fax: 405-491-6387

Tulsa Applicants
Kim Roach
Assistant Director
Graduate Programs in Counseling
Phone: 918-664-4100