Admission Requirements for the Master of Science Degree Programs
Admission to Harding University is determined on an individual basis with the following criteria considered: (1) academic preparation, (2) character, (3) educational interests and (4) academic potential. Effort is made to admit all students who qualify and who can benefit from the unique educational program and opportunities available at Harding irrespective of their religious faith, national origin, sex, race or color. When applying, students should be aware of the distinct purpose of Harding University and be willing to commit themselves to upholding institutional values.
Applicants for the Master of Science degree programs must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or more, or 2.75 on the last 60 hours, attested by official transcript(s); OR an earned master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, attested by an official transcript.
- Earn the required score on one of the following entrance exams or hold a current teaching license:
- PRAXIS II Examinations, earning at least the Arkansas cut-off score for licensure (Principles of Learning and Teaching and Specialty area)
- Miller Analogies Test, minimum target score of 380
- GRE general exam, minimum score of 900 in combined verbal and quantitative scores on the GRE tests taken prior to August 1, 2011. On GRE tests taken on or after August 1, 2011, the required score for the combined verbal and quantitative will be 286.
- Application for MS in School Counseling.
- Applications must be accompanied by a $40 application fee which is not refundable and will not apply against the general registration fee if the applicant enrolls.
- Applications must provide satisfactory references from three individuals attesting to the applicant’s professional or academic performance, including one related to professional ability in the degree area to which the student is applying.
- Professional Counseling applicants must complete a personal interview with the professional counseling faculty. The interview will include a writing prompt and assessment of the candidate’s professional objectives, professional commitment, level of self-awareness, and compatibility with the counseling program.
- Professional Counseling applicants must have on file a signed copy of the Limitations of Supervision Statement of Understanding.
A student who does not fully meet the requirements listed above may receive provisional admission, with the approval of counseling faculty, if he or she:
- Holds a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative grade point average below 2.50 but not less than 2.35, attested by official transcript(s). Provisional status is removed when the student completes 12 graduate level hours with at least a 3.0 grade point average, six of which must be in the academic area of concentration.
Other Program Requirements
Upon acceptance into the program, students must consult with director of their program or assigned advisor concerning the required course of study, register for classes online through Campus Pipeline each semester, and complete financial registration with the Business Office online.
Leveling courses, if required, will not be included within the semester hour requirements for the Master of Science degree programs.
All coursework must be completed within a period of eight calendar years. Course work taken more than eight years before graduation will not be acceptable.
Admission to the Professional Counseling Program does not guarantee retention.
At least one month before the initial practicum semester in the Professional Counseling Program, request for admission to field placement and other required forms must be completed and submitted via the "Practicum and Intern Student" page of this web site. All forms must be submitted 30 days prior to beginning field placement.
Transfer and International Students
Correspondence credit will not apply toward the master’s degree. Students may transfer semester hours from other accredited graduate schools, subject to the approval of the chair of graduate studies in education. Counseling students may transfer a maximum of 9 semester hours and educational Technology students may transfer a maximum of six semester hours in which they have a grade of “B” or higher. All coursework to be transferred must be completed before a student’s last semester.
A minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required for students whose native language is not English, unless the student already holds a degree from an American college or university.
Academic Standing Requirements
These requirements can be found in the Professional Counseling Clinical and School Handbook on this web site.
Requests for degree may be submitted prior to a student’s final semester but must be submitted no later than the first week of the final semester. The graduation fee must be paid to the Business Office the last semester before graduation.