Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited 4-year college or university, preferably with a major in psychology or a closely related discipline and a GPA of 3.0 or higher (some exceptions may apply).

Pre-requisite

  • All candidates for admission must have had a major or minor in psychology OR satisfactorily completed the following college-level psychology courses: Introduction to Psychology, Personality, and Statistics.
  • Applicants seeking Educational Specialist I Certification in Elementary or Secondary School Counseling must have satisfactorily completed two college-level courses in English (composition and literature) and two college-level courses in mathematics.
  • Deficiencies at the undergraduate level must be remediated before graduate admission is granted.

Formal admission to the program is granted only after all admissions materials have been received and reviewed, and all standards have been met. 

To apply to the M.A. in Counseling Psychology program, complete the following:

  • Application
  • Transcripts - request that all previous undergraduate (and graduate) institutions send official transcripts to Rosemont;
  • Request three letters of recommendation, preferably from those who can address your academic and/or professional competencies;
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, official copies of TOEFL scores are required;
  • Statement of purpose: Please submit an essay (2 to 3 pages, typed, double-spaced) describing your professional goals in applying to enter Rosemont’s graduate program in Counseling Psychology.
    • Discuss any work-related, volunteer, academic, or life experiences that have influenced your interest in applying to this program.
    • Do you plan to focus your professional work on any specific counseling issues and/or any particular treatment populations?
  • Personal interview

* All written documents (writing sample, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation) must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document to gpsadmissions@rosemont.edu.

 

Addictions Counselor Certificate (Separate Credential) Requirements

Candidates seeking the Addictions Counselor Certificate must have earned a master's degree in psychology, counseling, or a closely related field.

Candidates must submit the following:


  • Application
  • Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate programs plus photocopies of catalog course descriptions for all graduate courses.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, an interview with the program director and official copies of TOEFL examination scores are also required.
  • Following an individualized transcript evaluation, candidates will be notified of the requirements for the certificate. Required coursework may be waived depending on previous graduate education.

Elementary/Secondary School Counseling Certificate (Separate Credential)

Candidates must have earned a master's degree in psychology, counseling, education, or a closely related field.

Candidates seeking certification in School Counseling must have completed two college-level courses in English (one in composition and one in literature) and two college-level courses in mathematics as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The courses must be at the 100 level or above, and cannot be remedial classes. Math courses must fulfill the general education mathematics requirement. A grade of C- or higher is required for these undergraduate classes.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education allows advanced placement (AP) credits or successful completion of a College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examination as fulfillment of the undergraduate prerequisites in math and English. Acceptable CLEP examinations include college mathematics, college algebra, English literature, and English composition.

Candidates must submit the following:


  • Application
  • Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate programs plus photocopies of catalog course descriptions for all graduate courses.
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, an interview with the program director and official copies of TOEFL examination scores are also required.
Following an individualized transcript evaluation, candidates will be notified of the requirements for Certification. Typically, this includes coursework, Supervised Pre-Practicum, a 2-semester Supervised Practicum, Praxis I and II Assessments, and any additional work deemed necessary to fulfill Pennsylvania State Department of Education standards. Required coursework may be waived depending on previous graduate education.