How to Apply

Application Deadline

  • February 17, 2021

The application will open in September. The priority deadline is listed above. All applications received after the above date will only be considered on a rolling basis. Once the cohort reaches capacity, additional applications will not be reviewed by faculty. To ensure full consideration, please submit all required materials by the priority deadline.

Due to the cohort nature of this program, there is one start date per year: Fall Term. More information can be found on Gonzaga's Academic Calendar & Resources page.


To be eligible for the Master of Counselling, you must hold Canadian citizenship and have obtained a bachelor's degree that is equivalent to a US Bachelor's degree, from a regionally accredited institution. 

Application Requirements

Complete the Online Application

Official Transcripts

Submit one official transcript from each college or university listed on your application.

  • If your cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0 please include an explanation of GPA statement.
  • If you previously attended Gonzaga or are a current student, GU transcripts are ordered by your Admissions Counselor on your behalf. 

Official transcripts can be mailed or emailed to:

Gonzaga University
Graduate Admissions Operations
AD Box 102
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0068

  • You will also need an official transcript/degree evaluation from Gonzaga University's Center for Global Engagement office or
  • WES/ECE evaluation

Letters of Recommendation

Provide two professional recommenders who can evaluate your leadership, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, judgment, professional practice and your ability and capacity to complete a graduate degree. Supervisors or past professors are great choices for recommenders. Letters of recommendation are facilitated through the online application. Recommendations from family members are not accepted.

Statement of Purpose

Submit an essay that is well written, organized, and no longer than 1,000 words. It must also include the following:

  • Describe your interest in the Master of Counselling degree
  • Assess your strengths
  • Describe what you hope to gain from this graduate degree


  • Submit your current resume or curriculum vitae of professional experience.

Copy of Passport Picture Page

  • If you do not have a passport, please submit a copy of an identification card.

Proof of English Language

  • TOEFL score of 88 or
  • IELTS score of 6.5

Due to Covid-19 restrictions TOEFL testing is now taking place online. Learn more by visiting the official TOEFL website.

International students whose primary and secondary education took place in Canada (English-speaking provinces), Great Britain, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, or the U.S. are exempt from this requirement. Students born in one of these countries yet educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.


You may be invited for an interview. This will be arranged by the department after submission of your application materials.



Heather Schmitt
Call or Text (509) 313-6240 or (866) 380-5323