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HDC Admissions

How to Apply 

Applications to the on-campus M.Ed. program in Human Development Counseling are considered in two rounds for fall admission in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Track and the School Counseling Track. The deadline for consideration in these tracks is December 31. You should submit your application online

The application process for the online M.Ed. in human development counseling with specialization in school counseling is different from our on-campus program. For more information, please visit the Admissions Overview page for online programs or apply here

Transcripts 

Please scan and attach your unofficial transcript(s), or a copy of your official transcript(s), to your application. Note: Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application. We understand that requesting official transcripts can be expensive, so we only require official, sealed transcripts if you are admitted and enroll at Peabody College 

Standardized Tests 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogy Test (MAT) scores are required as part of the application process. International applicants MUST take the GRE. Your application may be reviewed with unofficial/self-reported test scores. You will only need to submit official test scores if you are admitted and choose to enroll in the program. 

Applicants whose native language is not English must also present the results of either the TOEFL or IELTS with the application, unless they have demonstrated competence while attending an American accredited institution. As with the GRE, your application may be reviewed with unofficial/self-reported test scores. You will only need to submit official test scores if you are admitted and choose to enroll in the program. 

Interests and Goals Statement 

A letter or statement of academic interests and professional goals is required. This is crucial in providing information about your personal background, intellectual interests, career goals, ability to take advantage of unique opportunities offered by the program, academic and research experiences, and relevant work or practical experience. Be as specific as you can regarding your interests and goals. Although the application materials include a form for the "letter of intent," you may send up to three additional pages if necessary. Please do not send lengthy examples of your work, but abstracts or short descriptions are sometimes helpful. 

Reference Letters 

You should submit at least three letters of recommendation from professors, research supervisors, or others who can assess your potential for advanced graduate work. Please ask your recommenders to be as specific as possible about issues directly relevant to advanced graduate study. Letters should submitted through the online application system. 

All application documentation should be sent directly to: 

Vanderbilt University
Center for Data Management
PMB 407833
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville TN 37240-7833

 

 For further information on application procedures, write, call, or email:

Graduate Secretary
Department of Human and Organizational Development
Vanderbilt University
Box 90, Peabody College
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
(615) 322-8484, FAX (615) 322-1141
sherrie.a.lane@vanderbilt.edu