Admissions Requirements

Welcome Prospective Students!

Applying to the Department of Counseling and Special Populations (COSP) at Lamar University is a two-step process. An overview of the admissions process is as follows – please read through all the information listed here before applying:

Online Programs: US Citizen or Permanent Resident (no international students)

Campus-based ProgramsUS Citizen and International Students are permitted to apply. International students, please visit

Admissions Step 1 - University Application:

  • Submit official, sealed, transcripts from each institution attended to the Admissions Office. All degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Mail to: Lamar University Online Admissions – P.O. Box 10017, Beaumont, TX 77710     OR
    • Submit electronically to:
  • GRE Policy
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires no GRE
    • Undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 2.99 (institutional bachelor’s degree) requires a qualifying GRE by the third course, if accepted by the Department.
    • For those applicants within the 2.5-2.99 range in the institutional bachelor’s degree, a last 60 hour count will be performed and if the derived GPA is 3.0 or higher, the applicant will be granted admission on the no-GRE status.
    • Applicants with a GPA below 2.5 in the institutional bachelor’s will not be admitted.

Admissions Step 2 - Department Application

  • Complete and submit the Departmental Application – 24-48 hours after submitting your Apply Texas application, you should receive an automated email with a link and instructions to complete the Department Application. If you do not receive this automated email, please contact

The Department Application includes:

  • Important information about program and licensure acknowledgement
  • Professional informed consent
  • The opportunity to discuss career goals and motivation for the helping field through structured essay questions
  • A request for contact information for a professional reference
    • The reference will be contacted directly with instructions for submitting recommendations. If your reference does not receive this email, please contact

Additional Admission Requirements for the School Counseling Program (TX applicants only*):

  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Two years teaching experience at the time the application is submitted
  • Employment at a Texas Education Agency (TEA) approved public or private school campus. To determine if your school is TEA approved, please use the following links: public school or private school.

*Please note that out of state students may not be required to meet this criterion. Out-of-state applicants must determine whether our program will meet state credentialing requirements by contacting their respective state Department of Education.

*Waivers of any experience or certification requirements will be initiated by Lamar University Admissions staff as necessary in instances where they may not apply, such as applications from states that do not require certification for licensure.

*Upon admissions to the School Counseling Program, candidates will be required to sign a formal acceptance to the program before being enrolled in coursework.

*Incomplete Program application packets will not be reviewed or considered for admission. Applicants who do not complete all application components within the 15-week semester initially applied for must reapply to the program through 

  • In the online programs, each traditional 15-week semester is broken down into three (3) sessions – i.e. Spring I, Spring II and Spring III. Summer is broken down into two (2) sessions. So, for example, if appropriate, an application can be rolled over from Spring I to Spring II and Spring III to obtain required Department Application documents for those respective start dates.
  • Campus applicants must adhere to ApplyTexas Deadlines for 15-week semester start dates.
  • For a list of upcoming admissions deadlines and start dates for online (5-week courses in green) and campus (15-week courses in orange) programs, please click here:

We reserve the right to review individual applicant qualifications for admission. Final determinations for admission are based upon a number of criteria. We reserve the right to refuse student entrance or terminate a student after admission to a program if, in the judgment of the faculty, the student demonstrates unacceptable professional fitness to practice in their particular field of study with children, youth, and/or adults.


On-site Face-to-face field observation fee

On December 27, 2016 new requirements regarding educator preparation programs were approved and published in the Texas Administrative Code (TAC). New language regarding field observations were included in the new TAC. Specifically, Title 19 Part 7 Chapter 228 RULE 228.35 requires educator preparation programs to now conduct at least one of the field observations on-campus face-to-face for principal, superintendent, and school counselor certification. Beginning spring 2017, a fee of $500.00 will be included in the total tuition for those students enrolled in programs impacted by the new TAC changes.