Admission & Application Requirements

Greetings! We are excited that you have decided to explore the admission and application requirements for the Department of Human Development Counseling (HDC). After reviewing the below requirements, feel free to contact Dr. James Klein (HDC Admissions Coordinator) with any questions.

The Department of HDC admits twice a year (i.e., fall and spring). The process is comprised of two phases (see below). Applicants who wish to be admitted must have a complete file by February 15th (i.e., for fall admission) or September 15th (i.e., for spring admission).


Phase I is comprised of the following elements and applicants must complete each element by the appropriate above deadline: (a) apply to the university as a student seeking graduate studies; (b) apply to the department of HDC; (c) submit three references; (d) provide evidence of meeting the departmental GPA requirement; and (e) provide evidence of meeting the undergraduate course prerequisites. The bullet points below will provide key links as well as detailed information for how applicants can fulfill the Phase I requirements.

  • Complete the UIS Application for Graduate Study and remit payment of the application fee to the Office of Admissions at the University of Illinois Springfield.  Please note that the Department of Human Development Counseling neither requires nor accepts payment of any kind. Processing of the admission application fee is handled entirely with the Office of Admissions.  For questions relative to either of these processes, the Office of Admissions can be contacted at
  • Complete and submit an HDC Admission Form and three Recommendations by one of the aforementioned deadlines. Please submit the HDC application materials (i.e., admission form and recommendations) to:

Department of Human Development Counseling
c/o Admissions Committee
University of Illinois at Springfield
One University Plaza, MS BRK 332
Springfield, IL 62703-5407

  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the last 60 hours of their undergraduate degree course work or a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in order to participate in the admissions process and be considered for “full” admission. Note: Applicants may be considered with a GPA of 2.75 to 2.99. If admitted, students with a GPA between 2.75-2.99 will be conditionally admitted. Conditionally admitted students must receive a minimum GPA of 3.0 in HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling and HDC 511 Theories of Counseling as well as letter grades no less than a B-.
  • Demonstrate completion of the following undergraduate prerequisite courses: (1) abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and (2) developmental psychology or life-span development or human development or child/adolescent psychology.
  • Applicants may enroll for three HDC-approved courses while applying. Additionally, applicants may participate in the admissions essay and interview processes during the semester in which they expect to complete their prerequisite courses.


Applicants will be formally invited by the department to participate in Phase II. Phase II is comprised of the following elements, both of which are completed on the same day: (a) essay; and (b) group interview. The bullet points below will provide more detailed information relative to Phase II.

  • After a successful Phase I review by the Department Admissions Committee, applicants will be contacted regarding the essay and group interview elements. The essay and group interview will be completed on a Saturday. The day will be broken into two (i.e., morning and afternoon) sessions lasting 3 hours each. For example, an applicant might write the essay during the morning session and participate in the group interview in the afternoon.
  • A score derived from the interview, admission essay, and application materials will serve as the basis for a recommendation to the Department Committee, which, in turn, will vote whether to admit the applicant. The Department Admissions Coordinator will notify applicants regarding the outcome of the admissions process approximately 2-3 weeks after completion of Phase II.
  • Applicants who are not admitted may request to reapply for the next deadline. The applicant may change or add any material in their file. If the Department Committee does not approve an applicant for admission after the second attempt, a third attempt may be made after one academic year.

Note: (1) An unexcused failure to keep the appointment for the admission essay and interview can result in removal from consideration for admission to the Department and (2) Students must complete all required coursework within the six-year time limit specified by the University.


Dr. James Klein
Department of Human Development Counseling
One University Plaza, MS BRK 332
Springfield, IL 62703-5407
phone: 217.206.6883
fax: 217.206.6775