Application Instructions

Please be sure all required application material is submitted by the posted deadline.

Additional Information

For additional questions or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email Dr. Sondra Smith-Adcock at

Step 1: Submit your University of Florida Graduate School Application

  • Select On-Campus M.Ed. as your desired program
  • Please choose one of the following as your Program of Study Mental Health Counseling”, “Marriage and Family Counseling ” or “School & Guidance Counseling” 
  • A $30.00 (non-refundable) Application Fee is required. Credit card payments require an additional $7.00 processing fee
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts sent to: University of Florida, Office of Admissions, PO Box 114000, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

NOTE: Previously enrolled graduate students, who have skipped two or more terms, and are looking to return to the exact same program and degree level at which they previously attended, should apply using the Returning Student Application.

Step 2: Supporting Application Material

Please upload the resume, scholarly paper and your two most recent annual teacher evaluations with your UF online graduate application under “Other Upload” with the Upload Resume section of the UF online application. Please combine all documents into one PDF document for upload if you cannot upload separate documents.

Required Program Application Materials

  1. Résumé – Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.
  2. Personal statement with the following information –
          • Why do you want to be a counselor? (Describe any relevant experiences)
          • List and discuss three of your personal qualities that you believe will help assist you in becoming a successful counselor.
          • Discuss one personal area of growth that you believe you will need to change or improve to become a successful counselor.
          • Describe your short-term and long-term goals. How does the program you are applying to relate to these goals? (Please limit your response to one or two paragraphs)
            NOTE: Limit your statement to three single-spaced pages, with normal margins and 12-point font.
  3. Annual Teacher Evaluations (if applicable) – If pursuing Level 1 certification, include your two most recent annual teacher evaluations (not required if pursuing the degree without Level 1 principal certification)
  4. Counselor Statement Exercise

If you are unable to upload any application materials, please email

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    Application Deadlines

    • All application materials for the program must be received before July 1 for the fall semester*. 
    • Allow 2-4 weeks to gather all application materials, including official transcripts and letters of recommendation, as all materials are required for review and admission.

    For additional questions or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email

    *Domestic students only. International student deadline is March 15.