To be considered for admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling Program, applicants must submit the following:
- Verification of a Bachelor’s degree* from a regionally accredited college with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions must be provided.
- A current resume.
- A personal statement.
- Admissions Committee interview.
- Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Record), Act 114 (FBI Fingerprint), and Act 151 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse History) clearances.
- Act 114 - (Enter Service Code 1KG738 and then select Schedule or Manage an Appointment)
- Writing sample. Please click here to complete the writing sample requirement. Please complete using the same email address that you submitted on your application. Once you submit the sample via this link, the requirement will be fulfilled.
Applicants whose native language is not English must also submit an official report of TOEFL scores or other proof of competency in English.
Applicants seeking admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling Program may be admitted on a regular or conditional basis. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review the applicant’s educational background and work experience to determine his or her admission status based on the following criteria:
- Quality of the applicant’s academic record and educational background.
- The nature and extent of the applicant’s work experience.
- Involvement in community service activities.
Regularly admitted students are applicants who the Admissions Committee determines to have the preparation to successfully complete the program.
Some applicants may be admitted to the program conditionally and permitted to enroll in a maximum of four courses (12 credits). Upon completion of the four courses and fulfillment of any specified conditions, the student’s record and admission criteria will be reviewed to determine the student’s potential for successfully completing the program. If the evaluation of all relevant admission criteria is positive, the student will be allowed to enroll in subsequent courses as a regularly admitted student to complete the Master of Arts in Counseling Program according to an individualized program of study developed in conjunction with his or her advisor.
*Integrated 5-year programs will accept in-progress Bachelor’s degree transcripts when students apply during their junior year.