application requirements

admission to the graduate program is determined by graduate committee. if an applicant meets all the admission criteria, the file will be reviewed by the faculty member(s) who represent each department. completed application files will be reviewed each month.

all applicants

  • a baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited institution, evidenced by an official transcript.
  • validated minimum undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (students below 3.0 will be considered for provisional acceptance.)
  • complete the application for admission.
  • *include a statement of purpose with application that addresses:
    1) the student’s interest in the program, including the identification of short-term and long-term career goals.
    2) the skills and experiences the student will contribute to the program.
    3) expectations the student has of the program.
  • a professional resume.
  • in response to covid-19, temporary academic credit policies can be found here.

*statement of purpose excludes clinical mental health counseling which requires auto-biographical and personal reflection essays.

additional requirements

athletic training applicants
    1. two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a faculty member who can attest to the student's ability to successfully engage in graduate study)
    2. complete 50 hours of observation under the direct supervision of a boc-certified athletic trainer
    3. meet the technical standards
    4. current cpr/aed certification
  • the following requirements will be met after acceptance but prior to the start of classes:

    • background check
    • liability insurance
    • nata student membership
    • up-to-date vaccinations
    • individual health insurance
    • physical

    materials can be submitted to:

    dr. christopher viesselman
    master of science in athletic training
    grand view university
    1200 grandview avenue
    des moines, ia 50316

    clinical mental health counseling applicants

    admissions decisions for a fall entry will be done for complete files on january 15. any remaining completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis thereafter and placed on a waitlist until there is an opening in the fall class.

    1. autobiographical essay (750 words or less) - describe your motivation and commitment to the counseling program at grand view university. include specific assets that you would bring to the university and the profession, as well as areas in which you would most like to grow academically and professionally. identify your short and long term goals as a professional counselor. essay should be typed and double-spaced.
    2. personal reflection essay (500 words or less) - the professional code of ethics requires that counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination against individuals based on age, disability, ethnicity, race, religion, spirituality, gender, socio-economic, etc. furthermore, counselors are aware of—and avoid imposing—their own values, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors. with these ethical expectations in mind, how will you begin the process of reflecting on and addressing any personal attitudes, beliefs, assumptions, or feelings that may prevent you from working with a client who has a different identity or a social status than your own? essay should be typed and double-spaced.
    3. two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)

    the following requirements will be met after acceptance but prior to the start of classes:

    • background check
    • liability insurance
    • aca student membership (american counseling association)
    • a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $125.00 will be required following acceptance to hold a student’s position in the class and will be applied to the first semester charges after the first week of the term when enrollment has been verified.

    education applicants
    organizational leadership applicants
    • a minimum of two years of full-time employment or approval of the graduate committee
    • two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)
    sport management applicants

    apply now 

    have a question? i can help.

    steven kellogg
    steven kellogg
    senior enrollment counselor