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 Packet (Bethany); Application Packet (Tulsa);

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); a GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered competitive; however, multiple factors are considered when making admissions decisions.

International Students: Please click here to find out more about the application requirements. http://snu.edu/international-admissions

If you need assistance with a learning, physical, or psychological disability that may affect your application process, we encourage you to contact the Academic Center for Excellence, Disability Services at (405) 717-6272 (M-F 8:00-5:00). All students with disabilities are encouraged to seek assistance from ACE (LRC 325).

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 (ssecor@snu.edu), 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 (kiroach@mail.snu.edu), 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; curriculum vitae/resume; writing packet; background check release; $50 application fee.

Step 3b: If you do not meet the application requirements, Bethany applicants can email Scott Secor (ssecor@snu.edu) and Tulsa applicants can email Kim Roach (kiroach@mail.snu.edu) 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
Recommendations
Three recommendations are required per applicant. A minimum of two recommendations must be academic in nature and should come from recommenders who can comment on your professional or educational aptitude. Recommendations should ideally be made by persons who have known you for at least a year and with whom you have had considerable interaction. Recommenders that can comment directly on your fit and potential as a successful counselor are particularly helpful.  All recommendations can be emailed or mailed to Scott Secor (ssecor@snu.edu) for Bethany applicants and to Kim Roach (kiroach@mail.snu.edu) for Tulsa applicants.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Applicants are encouraged to submit a formal vita or resume along with your application.

Writing Packet
The submission of a personal statement, the admissions essay, and the vignette response each offers applicants the opportunity to communicate to the Graduate Programs in Counseling their overall fit with the program. These written documents will convey the applicant’s ability for self-reflection, their capacity to be present with and serve others, their understanding of the responsibilities and obligations of a professional counselor, their understanding of diversity concerns and social justice, their intellectual capabilities, and their readiness for the academic demands of graduate work in counseling. These documents will be evaluated in terms of the applicant's capacity for written expression. Only self-disclose regarding particulars to the extent that is appropriate for you. Please complete all three parts of this writing packet on three separate documents.

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 unless you apply for one of the early admissions deadlines. 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.