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We are accepting applications for fall semester. Classes begin August 24, 2015.

Graduate Studies



Physical location
438 Old Main

Mailing address
Graduate Studies
5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Office hours
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday - Friday

How to apply

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Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, it is in your interest to meet the following priority dates. This is especially true if you are applying for financial aid, assistantships or scholarships.

Fall semester July 1
Spring semester December 1
Summer semester May 1

Application steps

Step 1: Complete the online application for graduate admission.
Step 2: Send all supplemental and supporting documents below to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
  1. Check for $50 application fee made out to "Saint Martin's University" or use our online payment system.
  2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended sent directly from the institution to OGS. International students must also submit official English translations for any transcripts not in English.
  3. Three letters of recommendation.
    Have each recommender send their signed form directly to the Saint Martin’s University Office of Graduate Studies. Letter writers are encouraged to attach a letter further detailing qualifications.
  4. Proof of fingerprinting and clearance through OSPI. Two parts:
    1. WSP fingerprint background check form.
    2. Fingerprinting done at an Educational School District (ESD) office. Detailed information on fingerprinting procedures and payments can be found on our Admission resources PDF. Turn in your receipt.
  5. Complete your Pre-Residency Clearance Application online. Click here for directions.
  6. Program advising appointment
  7. Personal Goal Statement. Submit a one or two page goal statement describing your educational career pathway, your motivation to obtain an ESA cert, and your goals as an counselor.
    Email your statement in PDF format to
  8. Current resume. Send in PDF format to
Step 3: Once admitted, students will be required to submit the following pre-enrollment materials.

We encourage applicants to get these materials in as soon as possible (even during the application process) as they are needed before students can register.
  1. Pre-program observation form
  2. Proof of CPR/First Aid registration
  3. Photo (can be electronic)

The Office of Graduate Studies

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