Degree Requirements

Matriculation Requirements

Once you have received your letter of acceptance from the Counseling Program, you will need to:

  • Get your MUNet username and password. This information should have been included in your acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. If you do not know your MUNet username or need to reset your password, you can do that here: MUNet Lookup Tool.
  • Get your Student Identification Number (your 903) and memorize it; you will use it frequently. If you do not know your 903, you can get it here: 903 Lookup Tool.
  • Meet with your assigned Academic Advisor and sign your Plan of Study. Find your Academic Advisor here: MyMU Online Portal. You will need your MUNet ID and password. Once logged in, click the Student tab, then Student Home. Look for your Academic Advisor under your Student Academic Profile.
  • Activate your Marshall e-mail account with your MUNet username and ID. This information should have been included in your acceptance letter from the Office of Admissions. Specific information on how to activate your Marshall e-mail address can be found at
  • Get your Student ID photo and card.
    • Huntington: Huntington Campus ID Office lower level of the Student Memorial Center
    • South Charleston: South Charleston Library.
  • Determine your courses and schedule for the upcoming semester. You can find detailed information on courses, instructors, live meeting dates, times, and locations, and textbooks here: Course Offerings Tool.
  • Register for Courses
    • Online: MyMU Online Portal. Click the Student tab; Student Home. Look for Registration Tools; Add or Drop Classes.
    • In person: Registrar’s Office, 106A Old Main building, Huntington Campus
  • Pay your tuition: Bursar’s Office
  • Purchase your textbooks. Textbooks are available through a number of outlets both online, and at the Huntington Campus Bookstore.

Minimum Degree Requirements

Students will complete 60 hours of master’s degree courses from the relevant Plan of Study, with a graduate GPA of 3.0, and complete them within seven years.

It is the responsibility of all admitted students to meet with their academic advisors prior to beginning their first semester of coursework. Each student must complete an advisor-approved Plan of Study prior to registering for courses. A minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 in all degree courses is required prior to enrollment in Practicum, Internship, and for graduation.

After completing 12 hours, students will be subject to a Candidacy Review where the faculty will assess their performance academically and professionally and decide whether they are appropriate to continue in the program.

Marshall University offers courses three semesters each academic year (Fall, Spring, Summer). The master’s degree program must be completed within a seven-year period that starts with the first day of the first semester in which the student is enrolled in courses, and ends 22 semesters later.

Comprehensive Exam

Students admitted for the fall of 2016 and after will be required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Exam (CPCE) prior to graduation from the program. This will usually be taken during the semester they plan to graduate or one semester prior. Summer graduates need to note that the exam will only be given in the fall and spring semesters. The expected first mandatory administration of this exam will be the Spring of 2018. Students will need to consult the Student Orientation and Information Organization to get details and dates in the semester before they plan to take the exam.