The Master of Education in School Counseling online (SC online) program starts three times throughout the year (January, May and September). 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

January 2020

January 2020 Application Deadlines
Early Action Deadline1 October 10, 2019
Priority Submit Deadline October 31, 2019
Final Application Deadline November 21, 2019
Classes Start January 13, 2020

May 2020

May 2020 Application Deadlines
Early Action Deadline February 20, 2020
Priority Submit Deadline March 12, 2020
Final Application Deadline April 2, 2020
Classes Start May 20, 2020

September 2020

September 2020 Application Deadlines
Early Action Deadline May 28, 2020
Priority Submit Deadline June 18, 2020
Final Application Deadline July 9, 2020
Classes Start August 24, 2020
1 If you fully complete your application prior to the Early Action deadline, you will receive an early admissions decision and your application fee wavied. If you apply prior to the Priority Submit deadline, your application fee will be reduced to $50. Please contact an Admissions Counselor for details. Return to footnote reference

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
  • A superior scholastic record, normally above a 3.0 GPA
  • 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

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.


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

Application Processing Services
USC Rossier Office of Admission and Scholarships
7900 Harkins Road
Suite #501
Lanham, MD 20706

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.

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).

Application Fee

The USC application fee is $90.

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.