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Lindsey Wilson College
Graduate Office
210 Lindsey Wilson Street
Columbia, KY 42728

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Admission Requirements

The following requirements are expected of all successful applicants.

  1. Official graduate transcripts from all programs attended.
  2. Minimum graduate GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Master's degree in counseling or a related profession. Graduates from CACREP accredited programs preferred.
  4. A minimum of sixty (60) semester hours of graduate credit from a regionally accredited college or university. Students admitted to the doctoral program with less than 60 semester hours of graduate credit  and/or graduating from a non-CACREP accredited program may be required to take additional coursework to fulfill admissions requirements as determined by a transcript review.
  5. Current clinical license in state of practice, preferably at an independent practitioner level, during entire enrollment with the program.
  6. Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) revised General Test. General Test scores more than 4 years old will not be accepted.
  7. Three (3) professional letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's competence to complete doctoral work based on academic background, work history, personality, and ethical behavior.  Please use the CES "Reference Letter" form available here
  8. A current vita documenting the applicant's professional preparation and experience.  Applicants must demonstrate a successful work history in counseling.
  9. A completed program application which must be submitted online with non-refundable fees of USD 35.00. The online application can be found here
  10. A successful interview as requested by the Admissions Committee.  All successful applicants will go through criminal background checks.   An applicant may be denied admission or dismissed from the doctoral program because of present or past criminal records.
  11. Interviewees may also be asked to submit on-site written answers to some selected questions.

Admissions Process

Application Deadlines

The CES program will hold two rounds of interviews for 2014 fall cohort. The first round of interviews will occur in May, with a second round of interviews in June. 

Application Deadlines



Application Materials Due

May 1st

June 2nd

Interview Notifications

Week of May 5th

Week of June 9th

Applicant Interviews

May 19th

June 23rd

Acceptance Notifications

Week of May 26th

Week of June 30th

FAFSA Applications Due

July 1st

July 15th

New Student Orientation

August 15th-16th

August 15th-16th

Application Materials

Applicants to the Counselor Education & Supervision program should apply online by May 1st for priority consideration. Application packets will be accepted no later than June 2nd, 2014. Applications received after May 1st will only be considered if openings remain in the entering cohort for that year. Applications are reviewed annually.

The following materials should be submitted by the applicant:

  1. Online Application
  2. Proof of provisional or independent clinical licensure
  3. A current curriculum vita (CV)
  4. A Background Check Notification Form
  5. A $35.00 non-refundable application fee

The following items should be submitted directly to Lindsey Wilson College from the issuing party:

  1. Sealed official graduate transcripts (sent from the registrar's office of the institution)
  2. Three sealed  professional letters of reference (mailed or emailed directly from the references to the Graduate Office)
  3. GRE test score results  (sent from ETS)

Materials can be mailed to the Graduate Office at the address below or emailed to

Graduate Office
210 Lindsey Wilson College
Columbia, KY 40403

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all application materials are received by the June 2nd deadline.

Interview Notifications

Selected applicants will be invited to campus for an interview. Applicants who are not invited to campus for an interview will be notified by mail that they are not under consideration for admission at this time. All notifications will go out no later than the week of June 9th.

Applicant Interviews

Applicants who are invited to campus for an interview will meet with program faculty and staff. The interview process will allow the Admissions Committee to evaluate applicants and allow applicants to evaluate the program and its faculty. The interview process is a full day event. Applicants who are invited to campus should plan accordingly.

During the interview process, applicants will participate in the following activities:

  • A brief program orientation
  • A campus tour
  • An interview with program faculty
  • A writing sample exercise

Applicants are encouraged to follow up with program faculty who may share similar research or professional interests.

Applicant Reviews

At the conclusion of the interview process, the Admissions Committee will decide the status of each applicant. The following outcomes can occur:

Admission - applicants with Admission status are accepted into the program for the fall cohort. Students with Admission status who are unable to start with the fall cohort will need to re-apply or request a Deferred Admission status from the  Admissions Committee.

Deferred Admission - applicants with Deferred Admission status will be accepted into the program upon successful completion of criteria outlined by the CES Admissions Committee. These criteria often involve completion of supplemental coursework or licensure requirements.

Wait List - applicants with a Wait List status may be moved to Admission status if a currently admitted student withdraws his or her Admission status.

Not Accepted - applicants with a Not Accepted status may re-apply in the future.

Acceptance Notifications

Acceptance Notifications will be mailed out no later than the week of June 30th. All notifications will be delivered by mail.

Student Orientation

All incoming students are required to attend a new student orientation. This orientation typically occurs during the second weekend (Friday and Saturday) in August.

During the orientation, students will:

  • meet program faculty and students
  • receive and review copies of the student handbook
  • review ethical and professional obligations as well as personal growth expectations related to doctoral studies
  • review licensure and certification eligibility opportunities
  • select a doctoral committee and complete a plan of study
  • receive an introduction to technologies used in the program

Statement of Diversity

The Counselor Education & Supervision program complies with the Lindsey Wilson College non-discrimination policy, as outlined in the College catalog.

Lindsey Wilson College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national and ethnic origin, religion, or disability.  Lindsey Wilson College complies with the provisions of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Age Discrimination Act of 1967.

The CES program seeks to attract, enroll, and retain a diverse group of students and to create and support an inclusive learning community.

Statement on Learning/Physical Disabilities

Lindsey Wilson College accepts students with learning disabilities and provides reasonable accommodation to help them be successful.  Depending on the nature of the disability, some students may need to take a lighter course load and may need more than four years to graduate.  Students needing accommodation should apply as early as possible, usually before May 15.  Immediately after acceptance, students need to identify and document the nature of their disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to provide to the College appropriate materials documenting the learning disability, usually a recent high school Individualized Education Program (IEP) and results from testing done by a psychologist, psychiatrist, or qualified, licensed person.  The College does not provide assessment services for students who may be learning disabled.  Although LWC provides limited personal counseling for all students, the College does not have structured programs available for students with emotional or behavioral disabilities.  For more information, call Ben Martin at 270-384-7479.

Transfer Credits

If determined as eligible, students may transfer a maximum of 12 credits from another regionally accredited university if the courses are taken as part of a CACREP accredited doctoral program and the courses meet the curricular requirements of the LWC Counselor Education and Supervision (CES) program. Dissertation credits cannot be transferred.

Eligibility for transfer will be determined by the CES program director in consultation with CES program faculty. Eligibility will be determined based on coursework comparability via a transcript review. Students may be required to present further evidence of eligibility, such as copies of course syllabi, to support their requests. The CES program director will notify students in writing regarding transfer eligibility decisions and will notify the registrar's office in cases where transfer credits are approved. Faculty advisors will work with students on developing updated plans of study in cases where transfer credits are approved.

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