Admission to the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

The following requirements must be met:

  1. A graduate application, including personal statements, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
  2. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of 3.0 or better.
  3. One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended. Transfer credits included on a transcript must include grades earned; if not, an official transcript from the original school must be submitted. Transcripts must be sent from the issuing school in a sealed envelope and contain the appropriate signatures and seals to be considered official.
  4. Completion of at least three Psychology courses, to include Introductory Psychology, with grades of “B” or better in each.
  5. Three letters of recommendation. The letters must be of a professional not personal nature. If the student has been out of school five years or less, at least one letter must come from a professor.
  6. Test scores are not required of applicants with an earned master’s degree or who have a GPA greater than a 3.0. Test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within the past five years are required for all other applicants.
  7. An in-person interview with administrators and faculty in the program. Applicants interested in the ABA concentration also will be asked to schedule an interview with the coordinator of the ABA program.
  8. International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. Official results from the TOEFL or IELTS are required for all students for whom English is a second language except for non-native speakers of English who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (e.g. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand). A course-by-course evaluation of all transcripts by an independent evaluation service based in the United States also is required.

Application Deadline

Applicants seeking admission for summer and fall should complete their application AND SUBMIT ALL SUPPORTING CREDENTIALS no later than Jan. 15. Applicants seeking admission for spring should complete their application AND SUBMIT ALL SUPPORTING CREDENTIALS no later than Sept. 15.

Expenses

Tuition for 2013-2014: $720 per credit

Fees:

  • Deferred Payment: $40
  • Audit: $720 per course
  • Parking: $30 per semester (fall and spring) before 4 p.m. No charge after 4 p.m.

Leave of Absence and Deferred Admission Policy

Students Who Have Been Admitted But Have Not Started: After a student is admitted, he or she is expected to enroll for the semester indicated on the acceptance letter. If he or she does not enroll for classes at the expected time and has not notified the Counseling Psychology program, the Office of Enrollment Management, or the College of Graduate Studies by the end of the semester indicated in the acceptance letter, the admitted student will be placed automatically on inactive status. To become reactivated and able to take classes, students placed on inactive status must meet with the Director of Counseling Psychology. The Director will meet with the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program Committee to establish the criteria for the student to return to active status, which could range from no requirements at all to full reapplication, depending on the case.

Students Who Started But Are Not Currently Enrolled: A student must file a Leave of Absence Form anytime he or she takes a break in continuous enrollment (not including summer). A student who does not file a Leave of Absence form or an extension of leave, if needed, will be placed on inactive status. To be reactivated and able to take classes, a student who has been placed on inactive status must meet with the Director of Counseling Psychology. The Director will then meet with the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program Committee to establish the criteria for the student to return to active status, which could range from no requirements at all to full reapplication, depending on the case.

Academic Policies and Procedures

A grade point average of “B” is required for admission to degree candidacy, internship and for graduation. A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree, and only 6 credits of “C” or “C+” will count toward a degree. If a failing grade is received (“C–“ or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the adviser’s permission. No more than two core courses may be repeated.

A student may be dismissed for failing grades or if it is determined by the Department that the student’s conduct is unprofessional or is not consistent with the counseling profession’s code of ethics and conduct. See the general section of the catalog for more information concerning dismissal policies.

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