Program Requirements

Eligibility By State:
Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. The restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program. 

Online Application:


An official transcript from the university where you earned your bachelor’s degree is required at the time of application.


  • Official E-Transcripts are acceptable only if emailed to
  • Transcripts from study abroad courses and transfer credits are not required.

Degrees Earned Outside of the United States:

  • Students who earned their bachelor’s or master’s degree from an institution outside the United States must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation conducted by World Education Services (WES) at the time of application.  
    • Applications for students educated outside the United States will not be considered complete nor can an admissions decision be made until this degree evaluation has been submitted.


Current resumeé or curriculum vitae

Statement of Purpose:

A 500-word maximum statement of purpose.

Please include a brief narrative describing yourself, your career goals, and the importance of obtaining a certificate in International School Counseling at this point in your life. You may discuss influences on your intellectual development, educational and cultural opportunities (or lack of them) which have been available to you, and the ways in which these experiences have affected you. This should not be a recording of facts already listed on the application; it should give the Admissions Committee a better sense of who you are and why you are applying to the certificate program at the University of San Diego and have an interest in providing school counseling in international schools.

English Proficiency Exam for International Applicants

Education Requirements

  • Applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program. Applicants may apply prior to completing their bachelor's degree. In this case, please submit your most up-to-date transcripts, and if admitted, submit a second set of official transcripts after your degree is conferred.
  • The minimum cumulative grade point average is 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in all undergraduate coursework.

Experience Requirements

Experience in a related field is recommended, but not required for admission.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at

The Certificate in International School Counseling is comprised of 4 courses designed to provide candidates with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to effectively provide counseling and develop school counseling programs in International Schools. Certificate candidates will acquire a working knowledge of career, academic, and social-emotional counseling specifically focused for educators and counselors wanting to and working in international schools. 

COUN 563 Multicultural Counseling Skills for International School Counselors (3 Units)

Students examine the beliefs, behaviors, and values of a variety of ethnic groups present in international schools. Students complete self-assessments of cultural competencies and examine their self-assessments in the context of cultural identity models. Students will learn about how to support third culture kids and provide comprehensive school counseling programming in an international community. Effective techniques for providing culturally appropriate services to students in international schools will be presented.

COUN 565 Crisis & Trauma Prevention and Intervention in International School Counseling (3 Units)

It is inevitable that school crises will occur. In international schools, school counselors are the first responders or members of the school’s crisis team. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for dealing with crisis situations they will encounter as an International School Counselor. Students will spend time reflecting on how people deal with crises, exploring their own crisis experiences, and begin to develop skills for crisis intervention. Students will also examine some of the relevant research on crises, resolution, and resilience for International Populations. However, the major focus throughout the course will be on learning the practical skills of helping people in crisis and constructing prevention programs for children and adolescents that include: Grief and Bereavement, Bullying, Violence Prevention, Cultural Adjustment and Transition, Suicide and Suicidal Ideation, and Family Conflict and Violence.

COUN 566 International Career and College Readiness (3 Units)

Students study career development theories and examine educational, personal, and occupational aspects of career development of children and adolescents. Workplace demographics, employment trends, legal and ethical issues, worker satisfaction factors, and career development services delivery models are presented. In addition, students will focus on the college readiness and exploration process of adolescents. Students will explore how to advise and support students through their college search, application, and financial aid process. University systems both in the United States and abroad will be reviewed.

COUN 567 Applied Theories and Techniques in International School Counseling (1 Unit)

The course helps students acquire knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with the practice of individual counseling in international schools. Students will demonstrate counseling skills, techniques and professionally ethical and legal behavior in class through dyads, triads and small group interactions and will provide and receive feedback on this practice. Students will also receive direct feedback on their skill development from the instructor. The course integrates ethical-legal, cultural and gender issues throughout the semester. The instructor will use role-plays, small groups, session transcripts, videotape critiques, and case discussions throughout the course. The course also addresses many of the required areas for Helping Relationships which are outlined in the 2016 Standards for Counseling Programs presented by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


All application materials must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the final deadline in order for your application to be considered for admission.

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Status and Decisions

To confirm that application materials have been received, please log into the MySanDiego portal or contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (619) 260-4524. Admissions decision letters are sent via US Mail.

Submit all supplemental materials to:

Office of Graduate Admissions 
University of San Diego, Manchester Hall 105
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492

For questions about the admissions contact:

SOLES Office of Admissions and Outreach 
Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 143
(619) 260-7988
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