Frequently Asked Questions
Is one required to have an education degree and teaching license to apply for the school counseling program?
This program is open to both education and non-ed majors, and emphasizes the practical application of school counseling techniques and theories in K-12 schools.
Recent changes in Iowa licensure statutes make this program of study accessible to individuals graduating with a baccalaureate degree in any field of study. An additional Exceptional Learner or equivalent special education course and a Classroom Management course are required for candidates without teacher certification. They may be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level at any accredited institution.
Is distance learning part of your program delivery?
Yes! Our Master of Science Degree in Professional School Counseling is delivered via combination of online instruction and weekend sessions during the semesters, and face-to-face summer courses. This enables you to pursue a master's degree while being employed as a teacher, social worker, counselor, etc.
What are the admissions requirements to enroll in the Graduate Program at BVU?
- Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited institution.
- A minimum undergraduate college GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Submission of the online or print application form, including auto-biographical questions.
- Completion of the BVU Writing Assessment, a one and a half hour analytical writing assessment.
- Three letters of recommendations from professional associates (forms provided online or by mail); one from your current supervisor, one from a colleague, and the third may be a reference of your choosing.
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended.
- Access to minimum technology requirements, including e-mail, word processing, and spreadsheets.
- Successful completion of the interview process.
How do I apply for admission to the Graduate Program at BVU?
For your convenience, apply online or print the application forms and mail them to the Graduate Program Office. You may also obtain an application packet by contacting the Graduate Program Office in writing at Buena Vista University, Master of Science in Education Program, 610 West Fourth Street, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588; by phone at 800.383.2821, ext. 2162; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When is the application deadline?
The Graduate Program Office must receive all application materials by April 15 in order for the applicant to be considered for entry into the program beginning the summer term of that year. The admissions committee will send notification to the applicant of the decision no later than April 25.
Can I transfer graduate credit from another school's graduate program?
Course credit may be transferred into BVU's graduate program after the applicant has been accepted. No more than nine semester hours of credit may be transferred into the program for a master's degree. Transfer credit must consist of coursework that has been obtained from an accredited graduate program within the past eight years and must be reviewed and approved by the Assistant Dean of Education and Graduate Studies. Only coursework with a grade of "B" or above may be transferred.
If you would like to have coursework evaluated for transfer credit, you must submit official transcripts and the course descriptions for evalutation to the Graduate Program Office. You will be notified in writing of the decision.
How do I get a schedule of classes?
BVU's graduate program offers complete program information via the Internet. You will find more information about course offerings by following the link to Courses.
How do I contact the Graduate Office at BVU?
Call the BVU Graduate Program Office at 800.383.2821, ext. 2162, or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Am I eligible for school counseling licensure from BVU if I already have my master's degree?
Yes, students who have already completed a master's degree may be eligible for licensure in the Professional School Counseling program. An analysis of your graduate transcript and course descriptions is necessary to determine the courses that are needed to obtain the license.
Am I eligible for financial aid?
Yes, there are several potential sources for graduate education loans. Information about these loans may be obtained from BVU's Office of Financial Assistance at 800.383.2821, ext. 2164 or on this web site at the Tuition and Financial aid link.
Is student housing available for June courses on campus?
Yes, students who are too far away to commute may stay in the air-conditioned residence halls in June for a nominal fee. Students need to bring their own linens and alarm clocks.