When should I apply?
Students may begin applying anytime in the academic year before their anticipated start date, but applications are due by March 1 of each year. You may submit your applications any time before the deadline. Students are welcome to apply after the March 1 deadline, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.
Are there any prerequisites to apply?
There are no specific prerequisites requirements for admissions. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree, preferably in psychology, rehabilitation sciences, human services, social sciences or a related field of study, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0.
Do you require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score for admission?
No, the GRE scores are not required.
Do you have any additional requirements for international students:
For applicants required to provide an English Language proficiency exam scores, we require a minimum TOEFL sub-scores of 26 for speaking and 24 for listening.
Are interviews required as part of the admissions process?
No, an interview is not part of our application process. We encourage you to attend at least one of the SHRS Open Houses or an Information Session. We generally have one during the fall term and one during the spring term. Attending an Open House will provide you with an opportunity to meet and speak with faculty and current counseling students. Please visit the SHRS Open House or the Events Page for the dates and times for upcoming Information Sessions and Open Houses.
What materials do I need to submit to apply to the CRMHC program?
Applications are complete when all materials, including a personal statement, 4 short essays, 3 letters of recommendation and academic transcripts, have been received.
Can I schedule a visit to Pitt and meet with a counseling representative?
We would encourage you to attend one of our events. More information about upcoming dates can be found on the SHRS events page.
If you cannot make it to one of these events, please contact PittCounselingProgram@pitt.edu to schedule a visit or meeting with a Counseling faculty member.
How many students do you accept each year?
We admit between 25-30 students each year.
When does the program start?
The Counseling Program uses a cohort model and enrolls a new class each Fall semester.
Do you admit part-time students?
Yes, a limited number of part-time positions are available and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Part-time students generally complete the program in roughly 4 years.
How are applications reviewed?
While undergraduate GPAs are very important, equally important are applicants’ responses to essay questions and recommendation letters. The Admissions Committee carefully considers all evidence supporting applicants’ potential to succeed in a graduate program.
Can I defer my acceptance into the Counseling program for a year?
Yes, applicants who have paid the required admissions deposit may defer their acceptance by one year.
Are international students eligible to apply?
Yes. For more information on services to support international students at Pitt, please visit
How long is the program?
Our program takes 2 years (5-terms, including one summer) to complete on a full-time basis. Coursework begins at the end of August (fall term), and students graduate 2 years later in April.
What is the typical full-time schedule?
Classes are held 2 days/week. In order to graduate in 5-terms, a full-time schedule of approximately 15-credits is required. During the first year, courses are held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Second-year students take classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Can I work during the program?
We strongly discourage full-time students from working full-time during the academic year. Students complete their clinical internship during the second year while attending classes 2-days per/week, making opportunities for work difficult. Some students work part-time during the program, particularly during their first year.
Is financial aid available? Do you offer student assistantship positions?
You can obtain information on financial aid from Pitt’s Office of Financial Aid. Most of our students are receiving some financial assistance, primarily through loans. Our Department does not have student assistant positions available for counseling students. However, we do inform students of part-time employment opportunities they can pursue.
You can also find out about scholarship opportunities at the following links:
How can I get information on housing?
Please visit Pitt’s Off-Campus Living web site.
Are graduates of the counseling program eligible for certification?
Yes, the Counseling Program meets the educational requirements to sit for the examination to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a National Certified Counselor.
Are graduates eligible for licensure (LPC, etc.)?
Yes, the Counseling Program meets licensure's educational requirements in Pennsylvania and many additional states. Please check with your state’s licensing body for more information on that state's education requirements.