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  • Career Counseling

    As one of only 8 CACREP-accredited programs in the nation, the Career Counseling program’s approach to career counseling services centers on the interaction between theory, practice, and research. This program will prepare you for positions in career counseling, career placement, academic advising, and professional counseling. You will earn two graduate degrees simultaneously – the Master of Science and the Educational Specialist degrees – and you will gain hands-on experience in the field through career advising, career counseling, college teaching, workshop and outreach presentations, and program development. Paid graduate assistantships, tuition waivers, and designated scholarships/fellowships are available to qualified students.

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    In order to meet minimum University and departmental admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • GRE test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. The FSU Institution Code is 5219.

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 150 or above
    Quantitative – 150 or above
    Analytical – 3.5 or above

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 550
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 80
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 77

    • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    For this program, the following supporting documents must be uploaded to the Admissions Application Portal:

    • Personal Statement (1 required) The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.
    • Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
    • Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)


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    Application Deadline: April 1 (Fall admission only)

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    The 64-hour program includes two years of academic coursework and practica, which provide an option for training and supervised work experience in the nationally recognized, full-service FSU Career Center. See the list of required courses here.

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    Career Counselors across the nation currently earn a median pay of $53,610 annually. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 19 percent growth in the career counseling field over the next decade, which translates into 53,400 new jobs available by 2020.

    The Career Counseling program at Florida State will provide you with training beyond the minimum requirements for most counseling positions, which significantly increases the competitive employment advantage as an FSU graduate. The training you will receive in this program could lead you to work with the mental health concerns of clients in addition to their career concerns.

    Most graduates seek positions in colleges and universities as career counselors, career placement professionals, co-op/internship directors, academic advisors, and professional counselors.

    Other opportunities include:

    • Career development facilitators
    • Career information specialists in libraries and information centers
    • Workforce development professionals in one-stop career centers
    • Training and staff development professionals in human resource development offices
    • Consultants and independent contractors with career information systems developers and publishers
    • Staff counselors in corrections and rehabilitation settings

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    The following students and alumni may be contacted if you would like additional information about the FSU career counseling program from a student’s perspective.

    Merline Dieujuste, Class of 2018
    Taylor Pentz
    , Class of 2017
    Laura Beth Lancaster, Class of 2016
    Liz Pawley, Class of 2015
    Emily Fiore, Class of 2015
    Maddie Foster, Class of 2014
    Leigh Eskin, Class of 2013
    Shawn Conlon, Class of 2012
    Luis Santiago, Class of 2011
    Katherine E. Ledwith, Class of 2010

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