Frequently Asked Questions

Is the WFU Masters in Counseling Program Nationally Ranked?

The Department of Counseling at Wake Forest University upholds the highest standards of the profession. While it is not eligible for consideration in the national rankings of counseling programs because it is not a doctoral level program, it is widely regarded as one of the best master’s degree programs in the nation. Evidence to support that claim is multifaceted and includes accreditation decisions, awards received, faculty leadership positions, caliber of students, pass rate and scores on national licensing exams, reputation of graduates with employers and doctoral programs, and testimonials from other counselor educators.

How will the Curriculum for the Counseling Program Change with the Online Program?

The face-to-face and the online curriculum are identical. The major difference is that the campus program is designed for full-time students only and can be completed in two years. The online program is designed for part-time students only and can be completed in three years. Learn more about the Masters in Counseling online program.

Do You Allow Students to Attend the Reynolda Campus Counseling Program on a Part-time Basis?

The Counseling Program at Wake Forest University Reynolda Campus is structured for full-time, Reynolda Campus students only. An average of fifteen full-time students are accepted each year. The Online Counseling Program at Wake Forest University is designed for part-time, Online Campus students. Both the Online Counseling Program  and the Online Human Services Program accept students to begin courses three times a year. Cohorts begin in each academic semester–fall, spring, and summer.

When and Where are Classes Held? Any Night or Weekend Classes? Any Classes Offered On-line?

The full-time, Reynolda Campus program offers face-to-face courses on the Reynolda campus of Wake Forest University Monday through Friday.

The Online Programs offer courses to part-time Online Campus students.

Students may not change delivery methods for courses.

May I Take a Course or Two Before I Am Accepted?

No. Due to limitations imposed by teaching loads, size of facilities and the cohort nature of the programs, enrollment in our courses is limited to students who have completed the regular admissions process for either a part-time, Online Campus or full-time, Reynolda Campus program.

May I take a course or two and use it to complete my application for licensure in my state?

Yes, we allow students to take up to 6 credits as a non-degree or non-matriculating student, in our online program only.  Please contact the department directly with the courses you are interested in, and we will assist you with registration.

How will Admissions to the Programs Change as a Result of This New Online Delivery Option?

Instead of occurring once a year as in the current on campus program, admissions to the Online Counseling and Human Services Programs will happen every semester. The criteria for admissions for all programs will remain the same.

Details of the admissions process for both delivery methods of the Counseling Program and the online Human Services Program may be found in the admissions section of our webpage.

Could I Begin the on-campus Graduate Program in the Spring Semester?

Students can only begin the Reynolda Campus counseling program in the fall. Classes are arranged in a logical developmental order and offered certain semesters only. Students in the Human Services or Counseling Online Campus programs can begin in the fall, spring or summer term.

Are There Any Prerequisites? Do I Need to be a Psychology Major?

No. Helping professions attract a diverse group with backgrounds in different disciplines including but not limited to psychology. The prospective student is also encouraged to investigate the professions of counseling and human services through research or by volunteering in helping organizations or schools.

Is the GRE Required?

Yes. The Graduate School of Wake Forest University requires the GRE for consideration for admittance for all graduate programs.

Do the Graduate Programs Require a Minimum GRE or GPA?

We have no rigid cut off scores. The average GRE score for students admitted this fall was 320+ on verbal and quantitative combined. The average grade point average (GPA) was 3.4+. Note the word “average.” Acceptance is based on a combination of criteria, including grade point average, GRE scores, recommendations, work or volunteer experience in the human services field, professional commitment, suitability for the profession, and an interview. GPA and GRE scores are used primarily to decide which candidates to contact for an interview.
More information about the GRE Exam is available on the ETS webpage.

How will the Field Experiences Work?


All Counseling students (Reynolda Campus and Online Campus) will be required to complete a 200-hour practicum and 600-hour internship. Those experiences will be in schools or mental health agencies that have been screened by the Department of Counseling. All students will have the same course requirements and will receive supervision from both site and faculty supervisors.

Human Services

All Human Services students (Online Campus) will be required to complete a 350-hour field experience. This experience will be in a human services delivery organization that has been screened by the Department of Counseling. All students will receive supervision from both site and faculty supervisors.

How Long Does the Program Take?


The Reynolda Campus Counseling program sequence is two years beginning in the fall semester and ending after the spring semester of the second year. The Online Campus Counseling program sequence is three years beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Sequence of Courses: Reynolda Campus Students (Entered Fall 2011)

Sequence of Courses: Online Campus Students

Sequence of Courses: Reynolda Campus Students 

Human Services

The Online Campus Human Services program sequence is seven semesters beginning in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

Sequence of Courses: Online Campus Students

Is Summer School Required?

Yes. Students in the Reynolda Campus Counseling program must attend the first session of summer school between the two years.

Online Campus students in both the Counseling and Human Services tracks take classes year-round, including summers. 

Are Residencies Required for Online Campus Students?

Online Campus Counseling and Human Services students will be required to complete two three-day residency experiences (Thursday evening  – Sunday afternoon) on the Wake Forest Reynolda Campus in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These face-to-face sessions with part-time students will allow faculty to engage in competency and readiness evaluations as well as to plan and evaluate field experience arrangements. Students will also complete the experiential group requirements of CACREP at this time. A third residency can be required for Counseling Students on an as-needed basis pending student performance evaluations.

Read more about the residency experiences for Online Campus students here.

I live outside the United States. Can I apply to the Online Campus Counseling Program?

All internships required for the completion of the counseling degree program must be performed in the United States.  As a result, the University is unable to offer its online counseling programs to students who are ineligible for or unable to participate in U.S. based internships.

Financial Matters

An average of fifteen applicants are selected to enter the full-time, Reynolda Campus counseling program each year. All of those selected will be awarded partial tuition scholarships that cover approximately 80% of the tuition cost. 

As part-time students, Online Campus Counseling and Human Services students are not eligible for tuition scholarships from Wake Forest University, however the financial aid office will help students navigate application and secure outside loans and scholarships. For more information, please see the Graduate School Prospective Student Webpage or contact the WFU Office of Financial Aid.

I am Currently in Another Counseling Masters Program and am Moving to the Winston-Salem Area.  Do You Accept Transfers?

No, we have no provision in the campus program for transfer students. One option is to apply to the program for entry the following fall (remember the January 15th deadline). If you were accepted, you could petition the faculty to transfer up to six credits. It is unlikely that you could complete the rest of the program in less than two years due to the fixed order of course offerings. Another option is to apply to the online program, which also may accept up to six credit hours toward program requirements, for the following fall, spring, or summer semester cohort start.

Is the Application for the MA Counseling and MA Human Services Programs Entirely Online?

Yes, applicants are able to complete their application through the Wake Forest University Graduate School webpage. Any supplemental hard-copy application materials are to be sent to the WFU Graduate School at:

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 
Wake Forest University
200 Brookstown Avenue, Suite 305
Winston-Salem, N.C., 27101.
Applicants who have participated in qualifying programs are eligible to have the application fee waived.  Applicants must have participated in the program within the last two years of their application date.


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