The Master of Education in School Counseling online (SC online) program starts three times throughout the year: Spring (January), Summer (May) and Fall (August). We are currently accepting applications for 2022 cohorts. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis, and we are happy to help you throughout the application process so that you can be considered for your preferred start date.

Application Deadlines

Spring (January) 2022

Upcoming Application Deadlines
Early Action Deadline October 15, 2021
Priority Submit Deadline 1 October 29, 2021
Final Submit Deadline November 8, 2021
Classes Start January 10, 2022

1 Please note that if you have attended any institution outside of the US, it is strongly recommended that you submit all materials by the Priority Deadline. Return to footnote reference

Why Apply Early?

Applying before the final deadline gives you an earlier admissions decision and the benefit of more time to prepare for your future, including identifying financial aid resources, scholarships and student loans.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to apply early. If you apply by the Early Action Deadline, you will be eligible to receive an application fee waiver. If you apply by the Priority Submit Deadline, your application fee will be reduced from $90 to $50.

Application Requirements

The USC Rossier School of Education maintains the same high admissions criteria for our online programs as for our on-campus programs. We seek candidates whose academic background, professional goals, personal commitment and communication skills meet the demands of a rigorous graduate education program. To be eligible for the Master of Education in School Counseling online program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor's degree or its recognized equivalent from a regionally accredited institution
  • The ability to communicate effectively (both written and verbal) as demonstrated by academic performance and/or professional experience
  • A Statement of Purpose that clearly indicates professional career goals and reasons for seeking the degree
  • Two short-answer responses
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores for applicants whose academic work has been in a country other than the U.S., U.K., Australia or English-speaking Canada
  • There is no minimum GPA required to apply to USC Rossier programs, but competitive applicants typically have a GPA of 3.0 or above. GPA is one of many elements evaluated in the admission committee’s comprehensive evaluation of candidates. We use a holistic review process whereby academic preparation, professional work experience, personal achievement and commitment to the USC Rossier mission are each considered. No single attribute or characteristic guarantees admission to USC Rossier.

Online Application

The online application includes questions about your personal, academic and professional background. To be considered for admission, you must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the recognized international equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. While the Admissions Committee looks for candidates whose academic background demonstrates the capability to succeed in a rigorous graduate program, prior coursework in education is not required.

Personal Essays

The application includes a statement of purpose, which allows the Admissions Committee to gain a deeper understanding of your past experiences and professional goals. Applicants will also complete two short answer questions. In addition to providing information about your background, the essays allow you to demonstrate the written communication skills that are critical for success in the program.

Employment Information

You will be asked to provide information about past employment and upload your most current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two letters of recommendation are required. Letters should come from supervisors and colleagues who can comment on significant contributions you have made in your workplace or former instructors who can describe your ability to perform well in graduate-level courses.


Many schools issue transcripts electronically, either through their own web services or through vendors. If this option is available through the institutions you attended, please specify that your encrypted transcript(s) be sent to This will expedite the delivery of your transcript(s) and the completion of your application.

Sealed, official academic transcripts must be sent directly from all postsecondary institutions you attended, including any community college coursework. Please send all transcripts to:

University of Southern California (USC)
Application Processing Center
USC Rossier
PO Box 30096 024-003
College Station, TX 77842

Please note: To be considered an official transcript, the transcript must be sent directly from your institution(s) or through an electronic transcript vendor retained by that institution. Transcripts submitted by enrolled or prospective students are considered unofficial documents, even if they are in a sealed envelope provided to you by the issuing university.

You will be asked to provide written authorization giving your consent to release your academic records, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Basic Skills Requirement

In order to enroll at USC Rossier (including registering for classes), you are required to submit official documentation that you have satisfied the basic skills requirement.

There are a number of ways to satisfy the basic skills requirement. For details on these options, visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) website.

  • Pass the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST)
  • Official SAT test score of 500 or higher on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section combined with a score of 550 or higher on the SAT mathematics exam 1
  • Proof of an official ACT score of 22 or higher on the English exam combined with a score of 23 or higher on the Mathematics exam
  • An official College Board Advanced Placement (AP) English exam and an AP Calculus or AP Statistics exam with a score of 3 or higher
  • Pass a CTC-approved basic skills examination from another state
  • Pass the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examinations
  • A combination of qualifying college-level coursework and any qualifying exam

Application Fee

The USC application fee is $90.

Supplemental Documents

You may be required to submit additional items to aid our faculty in reviewing your application. These documents verify your graduation date, current enrollment or education history (such as study abroad or credits earned from multiple institutions). These items may include enrollment verifications, degree conferral letters, transfer credit explanations or study abroad explanations.

Your Admissions Counselor will work with you to determine which, if any, supplemental documents you should include with your application. You can submit those materials to

Confidentiality and Document Submission Policy

Transcripts and all other materials submitted for admission consideration become the property of USC. The university does not return or duplicate materials for any reason whatsoever. The information and materials in your submitted application are made available only to the central Office of Admission and the admission committee of the academic department or professional school to which you have applied.

1 The Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (previously Critical Reading or Verbal) section of the College Board SAT Reasoning Test Return to footnote reference