Admissions Requirements

Welcome, Prospective Students!

Applying to the Department of Counseling at Lamar University is a two-step process. The following is an overview of the admissions process. Please read through all the information listed here before applying.

Online Programs: US Citizen or Permanent Resident (no international students)

Campus-based ProgramsUS Citizen and International Students are permitted to apply. International students, please visit our graduate school admissions process here.

Admissions Step 1 - University Application

Complete the Application Form via ApplyTexas and pay a one-time application fee of $25. For more information about admissions to the Lamar University Graduate Studies, click here.

Submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts are required from each institution you list on your application.

Mail to: Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710,


Submit transcripts electronically to

GRE Policy
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires no GRE
  • Undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires a qualifying GRE by the third course, if accepted by the Department.
  • For those applicants within the 2.5-2.99 range in the institutional bachelor’s degree, a last 60 hour count will be performed and if the derived GPA is 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be granted admission on the no-GRE status.
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s will not be admitted.

Admissions Step 2 - Department Application

Complete and submit the Departmental Application: 24-48 hours after submitting your Apply Texas application, you should receive an automated email with a link and instructions to complete the Department Application. If you do not receive this automated email, please contact

The Department Application includes:

  • Important information about program and licensure acknowledgement
  • Professional informed Consent
  • The opportunity to discuss career goals and motivation for the helping field through structured essay questions
  • A request for contact information for a professional reference
    • The reference will be contacted directly with instructions for submitting recommendations. If your reference does not receive the automated email, please contact

Our Department Application process is designed to meet the goal of recruiting, enrolling, and graduating a high-quality, diverse student population. The Admissions Committee appreciates our prospective students' attention to detail and commitment to their counseling career goals.

Additional Admission Requirements for the M.ED. in Counseling Development Professional School Counselor (TX applicants only)

  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Two years teaching experience at the time the application is submitted
  • Employment at a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved public or private school campus. Is your school is TEA approved? View these directories of Public Schools or Private Schools.

*Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criterion. Out of state applicants must determine whether our program will meet state credentialing requirements by contacting their respective state's Department of Education.

*Upon admissions to the School Counseling Program, candidates will be required to sign a formal acceptance to the program before being enrolled in coursework.

Additional Admissions Information (all programs):

  • The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has a strategic enrollment process to comply with CACREP accreditation and space may be limited.
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to confirm the requirements for certification and/or licensure in their home state. Admissions applications may be denied at the department level if it is determined that the chosen program will not meet a state’s standards.
  • Returning Students: You are not required to re-submit department application documents if you have completed at least one course in the program. We will review your academic progress in the program and the appropriate admissions decision will be based on your academic standing.
  • Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.
  • Incomplete Department Application packets will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Applicants who do not complete all application components within the semester initially applied for must reapply to the program through for the next available start date.

In the online programs, each traditional 15-week semester is broken down into three (3) sessions – i.e. Spring V, Spring VI and Spring VII. Summer is broken down into two (2) sessions.

Please click here for a list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for online programs.

Please click here for a list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for on campus programs.

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.