Admission Requirements for Dual Degree Program in Public Health and Counseling Psychology

Admission to the Master of Public Health Program

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate students, the following program-specific requirements must be met:

1. A completed 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 in the major course of study.

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. Three letters of recommendation, at least one from a professor (if a recent graduate) and one from a health professional.

5. Test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within the last five years. Test scores are not required for students with an earned graduate degree in a related field.

6. Knowledge of the profession through work or volunteer experience.

7. International applicants should visit www.arcadia.edu/international for detailed information on admission requirements and application procedures. TOEFL/IELTS results are required for all students for whom English is a second language or who have not earned 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.

Admission to the Counseling Psychology Master of Arts 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 from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), taken within the past five years. Test scores are not required of applicants with an earned master’s degree.

7. A personal interview with the program Director.

8. Applicants for the School Counseling program must have undergraduate courses with a grade of “C” or better in two college-level mathematics courses, one English composition course, and one English/American Literature course. These courses are not required for admission but are requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Education in order to earn School Counseling certification.

9. 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/Rolling Admission

Completed applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis throughout the year. Students may start in a Fall, Spring or Summer semester.

Expenses

Students are billed on a per-credit basis based on the number of credits they enroll for in a given semester. Information on current costs is available at www.arcadia.edu/finaid. Financial aid is available to assist qualified students in covering tuition and related expenses, as well as living costs. Students enrolled for at least six credits per semester can apply to receive up to $20,500 annually through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan at a fixed interest rate. In addition to the Stafford Loan, students can choose to borrow either a Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan or a private alternative student loan to cover remaining expenses if necessary. Graduate assistantships also may be available to those enrolled full-time (9 credits or more per semester) who qualify. For more information on available financial aid and how to apply, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid and click on Graduate.

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