Department of Counseling Admission for Fall 2018


College of Health and Social Sciences





1600 Holloway Ave.
Burk Hall, Rm 524
San Francisco,
CA 94132

General inquiries:

(415) 338 - 2005




Fall 2017

Dear Applicant:

Thank you for your interest in pursuing graduate work in counseling at San Francisco State University.  

 Mission Statement

Culturally competent, psychologically-minded, and emotionally grounded Licensed Psychotherapists (Marriage & Family Therapists), Credentialed School Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Career Counselors, College Counselors, and Gerontological Counselors are needed in the field of human services. The departmentˇ¦s six graduate programs, its undergraduate minor in counseling, and our partnerships with community agencies collaboratively prepare students who are well-grounded to help meet the growing demands in the field. Our departmentˇ¦s faculty and the curriculum we have designed aspire to achieve excellence in three core areas: Multicultural Competence, Community Partnerships, and Action Research.

Our faculty are locally, nationally, and internationally recognized in their scholarly contributions to multicultural competence in counseling, social justice, and health equity. Our faculty work to provide a solid learning environment for students with disabilities, students from diverse ethnic and sexual orientations, as well as students from a range of socioeconomic groups.

By the end of graduate studies, our more than 150 students should embody multicultural competence, have grown deep connections to the local community, and embrace best practices in counseling. Combined, our students provide thousands of hours per year of counseling services to San Francisco Bay Area communities. They are in schools, community mental health and rehabilitation agencies, colleges and universities, career centers, nonprofits, and hospitals, to name a few. Our students reflect the diversity of California and especially the San Francisco bay area.

Graduates of our department will have the necessary preparation to be eligible to sit for the National Board of Certified Counselors examination, known as the National Counselor ExaminationÒ, and the National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor Exam.

We prepare all of our counseling students for Licensure eligibility including those in the MFT program for the LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist) license, and those in the clinical mental health, career, college, school, and gerontology for the LPCC (License Professional Clinical Counselor) license. All counseling students can take courses needed to become eligible for becoming a National Certified Counselor (NCC) sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). All six counseling specializations are accredited by national accrediting bodies including the Council on Accreditation in Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Evaluation (NCATE). The Career Counseling specialization is one of only eight in the country to receive CACREP accreditation.

Finally, the Department of Counseling is committed to excellence and professionalism, and the faculty strive to guide and to prepare students towards that end.

Admission Requirements

ˇP         Complete your Bachelorˇ¦s degree from an accredited undergraduate institution prior to admission (but you may apply before you complete your Bachelorˇ¦s degree).

ˇP         Achieve a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

ˇP         Upload your GRE Analytical Writing Score to the Cal State Apply

ˇP         Complete Cal State Apply online. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

ˇP         Payment of the $25 Department of Counseling application processing fee.

ˇP         Attend an in-person interview (if required by programs).

For international students, please contact the Office of International Programs (415-338-1293, for additional deadlines, information, and procedures. Further, the Universityˇ¦s requirements can be found at the Division of Graduate Studies webpage, go to

All students are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be submitted in your Department of Counseling program application. Therefore, plan to take the GRE exam well before early December to ensure the timely receipt of your GRE scores. Scores will not determine our recommendation to either admit or deny you admission.

Selections Process

We request that you honor the extensive selection process by not inquiring about your application or admissions status or to ask when your acceptance or rejection will be received. If you wish acknowledgement of the receipt of your application, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard in your application folder.

The Selections Committee will complete its review of all applications by the end of March and will mail a letter of notification concerning your application no later than April 15. Each application is read by two faculty members. Remember that we must complete numerous time-consuming steps for over 250 applicants while we carry on the regular business of the department at the same time. While time consuming, we believe that this process must be thorough and fair, and we know that you will want to have every effort expended on your behalf to ensure that your application is given every consideration. After the selections are made and you have been notified of your status by letter, we will include specific instructions on the next steps needed to effect your matriculation.

The selections process is conducted as follows:

ˇP         January 15 to March 31: Selections Committee reviews application and recommends applicants for either interviews or admission. Once the review process begins, faculty members and office staff are not allowed any further contact with applicants.

ˇP         First or second week of March (dates to be determined): Interviewing. Not all programs will interview. If you are not selected for an interview, please wait for a letter that will be mailed to you no later than April 15. It is possible that you applied to a program that does not interview. Please do not call the office to ask if the program you applied to will be conducting interviews.

ˇP         April 1: Notification of your application status by mail.

Once the admissions process is complete and you have been accepted to the programˇK

You will receive a complete admissions packet in the new incoming student orientation. Complete your admission by submitting your confirmation form and responding to the universityˇ¦s offer by the deadlines given in your admission packet.


There will be an orientation meeting during early week of May from Noon to 4 p.m. You will receive the documents and the advising you need to enroll for summer or fall 2015 at this meeting. Since faculty are gone during the summer months, it is essential to attend this meeting; otherwise, you will not be able to register for classes and will need to see your adviser on Late Advising Day, the day before classes start in late August. 


Although the Department of Counseling expends every effort to make the application process as smooth and simple as possible, we recognize that it can sometimes be a confusing and stressful experience. We have attempted to address as many of your concerns about the application process as possible either at the information session or within the contents of this application instruction. If you still have questions after having thoroughly read this instruction, you may email or call us at (415) 338-2005. If the answer to your question can be found within the contents of the application instruction, we will refer you back to it. Therefore, please read all of the application material carefully before contacting us.

It is our explicit expectation that all applicants conduct themselves both professionally and respectfully with all staff and faculty throughout the application and matriculation processes. Failure to do so reflects poorly on an applicantˇ¦s ability to establish effective interpersonal relationships and may affect how the application is evaluated.

Thank you for your patience and understanding of this process. We believe that you will find each of our programs to be very worthwhile. On behalf of the entire department, we look forward to meeting and working with you.


Graciela Orozco, Ed.D.

Department Chair


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