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Online Application Submission

General Admissions Process

  • Use Cal State Apply to file all application materials before the deadline (see below for details)
  • Pay a non-refundable $70 fee 
  • Submit your official transcripts (see left-hand navigation menu)
  • Await notification (see left-hand navigation menu)
  • Interviews for admission will be held virtually on Friday, March 18, 2022. Applicants are expected to save-the-date for a potential interview. Applicants will be notified by email approximately 1 week before the interview date whether or not they are being invited to the interview.

NOTE: The Statement of Purpose prompt and other required materials may be found under "Program Materials - Documents Tab in Cal State Apply"


Application Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted via Cal State Apply by the following deadline:

Fall 2022

Application period begins: October 1, 2021

Application due date: January 15, 2022

Applications are not accepted after the deadline.

Cal State Apply Application

Use Cal State Apply to apply and be sure to complete all components of the application by the published deadline.

The Cal State Apply dashboard is divided into four sections:

  • Personal Information: contact information, biographic information and financial information, etc.
  • Academic History: colleges attended, GPAs, etc.; do not hand-enter transcript information
  • Supporting Information: enter “I am not adding any experiences”
  • Program Materials: statement of purpose, recommendations, etc.

Please refer the tutorial on the GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying website for tips on filling out these sections of Cal State Apply. Please also refer below for detailed information for what documents to submit for the program materials.

Lastly, there is a non-refundable $70 application fee. Your application will not be processed until this fee has been paid. Please note that the CSU system does not offer a fee waiver for graduate level applications.

Important: you may only apply to one graduate program per CSU.  If you are unsure about which program is best for you, contact the Graduate Studies Office.

For technical assistance with Cal State Apply, please contact the Cal State Apply Help Desk: (857) 304-2087, via email, or visit the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center. Cal State Apply Application Support is available Monday – Friday, 6:00AM – 5:00PM PT.

Program Materials – Documents Tab in Cal State Apply

Section 4 of Cal State Apply application requires you to submit supplementary program materials for the Admissions Review Committee. Upload the following on the 'Documents' tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply:

  • Statement of purpose (prompt provided below)
  • Résumé
  • Unofficial transcripts

Statement of Purpose Prompt

Submit a 3-4 page, focused, narrative about yourself as a prospective counseling psychology professional resulting in a clear and comprehensive profile which indicates: focus and coherency, writing skills, personal and social insight, perspective, and commitment regarding your graduate study leading to an MS degree and eligibility to pursue licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). It should describe these areas in relation to the following topics. Use the following topics as subheadings. This is a formal paper so do not write a “chatty,” conversational statement. This formal paper must be written in 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, and have 1-inch margin on all sides. Use the following item headings as subheadings in your personal statement.  

Background: Describe how your experiences with family, friends, education, work, and leisure have contributed to your being a desirable candidate for entrance into the Counseling Psychology profession.   

Career Perceptions and Goals: Describe your perceptions and knowledge of the Counseling Psychology roles and functions. Include the setting, relationships with other disciplines, and activities you expect to be doing in this career area. 

Strengths and Areas to Improve: Describe yourself candidly in terms of your strengths and improvement areas regarding emotional, social, intellectual, and productive activities.  

• Influential Factors: What experiences, people, and information have influenced your decision to select the Counseling Psychology profession?  

CSULB decision: How did you hear about the CSULB Counseling Psychology program and what made you decide on this particular Counseling Psychology program? 

Need help with writing your Statement of Purpose? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying.


Please upload the most recent copy of your résumé.

Need help with updating your résumé? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying.

Copy of Unofficial Transcripts

Please upload an unofficial transcript from each university or college where you earned a baccalaureate, graduate degree and/or credential.

Program Materials: Recommendations Tab in Cal State Apply

Be prepared to enter the names and email contact information for two people who will complete letters of recommendation for you in the ‘Recommendations’ tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply. Recommendation are required from professional references. The recommender should be individuals in the mental health profession and/or professors or at least a professional who has observed you in a professional capacity interacting with people. Each recommendation is evaluated on the basis of substantive, specific, recommender observations regarding different factors about you in various interactive and/or academic settings. They are also evaluated with regard to the recommender's proximity to the profession from minimally related (non-mental health employment supervisor) to highly related (a mental health professional, professor in a related field, a health/education provider, etc.). We encourage you to seek the strongest possible letters regardless of the source. Therefore, we suggest speaking with your recommenders before completing this section.

Once you have entered and saved information for a recommender, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.

Please also review these helpful tips regarding recommendations.

When specifying the Due Date, enter 1/15/2022.

You may complete and submit your Cal State Apply application before your recommenders submit their letters.

Lastly, Cal State Apply allows you to enter a note to the recommender. Please copy and paste the instructions below to be included in the email request to your recommenders.

Please provide an accurate assessment of the applicant’s skills, strengths, maturity, interpersonal skills, and also of areas in need of improvement relevant to being successful in graduate school and in a career in Counseling Psychology. Your candid comments will enhance our ability to more effectively evaluate the applicant’s file and are greatly appreciated.

This information has been updated and is final for Fall 2022.

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office via email.