How long does it take to complete the program?A minimum of two years - the M.A. Counseling Psychology is 36 credit hours and internship (700 hours); Concentration Forensics or Addiction 36 credit hours and internship (700 hours); Concentration in Professional Counseling or the professional track, 48 course credits and 12 internship (700 hours); and for the school guidance track 48 course credits and 6 practicum (360 hours).
When do classes meet?Monday through Thursday evenings with classes beginning at 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Courses are offered at both the Rosemont and Center City Campuses.
When I graduate with a M.A. Counseling Psychology concentration in School Guidance - can I work as a counselor in an elementary or secondary school immediately?Yes, upon completion of the program and successfully passing the Praxis II exam, Rosemont's Certification Officer with forward results to the PA Department of Education and the student is able to work as a guidance counselor (there are a few documents that the student must provide to the state).
Do I have to be licensed to be a psychotherapist?
No, it is a professional designation. Many employers will seek potential employees that have the designation and in order for a patient to be reimbursed through their health insurance, a private practitioner is required to have a license. If a psychotherapist is working for an agency, the agency will hold the license.
When I graduate with a M.A. Counseling Psychology concentration in School Guidance - can I work as a counselor in an elementary or secondary school immediately?
Yes, upon completion of the program and successfully passing the Praxis II exams, Rosemont's Certification Officer with forward results to the PA Department of Education and the student is able to work as a guidance counselor (there are a few documents that the student must provide to the state).
Do you secure internships and practicums for students?
The students secure their field placement sites, we provide students with contact information for sites that we have successfully placed students.
What else does Rosemont offer?
We have a beautiful campus in suburban Philadelphia. We offer many opportunities to interact with graduate students and faculty in other programs, such as creative writing and English literature, and we regularly bring in industry professionals to speak to and meet with students.
How do I apply for admission?
Rosemont College School of Graduate Studies welcomes all students, without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin or handicapping conditions. Applicants for the master's degree need to have completed a baccalaureate from an accredited 4-year college or university, preferably with a GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants also provide three letters of recommendation, an application fee, official transcripts, and a completed application form. Applicants for the M.A. in English and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing must also submit a writing sample. Application materials are available from the Office of Graduate Studies or from the College website (Apply Online). Please note that a personal interview with the program director is required.
Can I take courses as a non-matriculated student?
Students can usually earn up to 6 graduate credits before applying for matriculated status.
I took some graduate courses before coming to Rosemont? Can I transfer any credits?
Applicants who have completed previous graduate work may, at the time they apply for admission, make a written request to transfer a maximum of two 3-credit courses. To be acceptable in transfer, course(s) may not have been previously applied toward a graduate degree and they must provide a good "match" for Rosemont program requirements. Courses may not have been undertaken more than 5 years prior to the request for transfer and the student must have earned at least a "B" (3.0). Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer.
How will I know which courses to take each semester?
Course selection for the fall, spring, and summer sessions must be made in consultation with a program advisor, either in person or by email. The Office of Graduate Studies will subsequently process course registrations. Nine graduate credits are considered a full-time load during the fall and spring; 6 graduate credits are considered a full-time load during each of our two summer sessions.
Can I apply for financial assistance?
Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program of study, who are pursuing at least half-time coursework (2 courses in the fall or spring; 1 course in each summer session), are eligible to apply for tuition assistance in the form of Stafford Loans. A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships are also available. Rosemont offers several tuition management options, so you can spread your payments out over the course of your program.
I still have questions – how can I get more information?
Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 610.527.0200 x2958 or 1.888.2ROSEMONT and ask to speak directly with a Graduate Admissions Counselor, who will be happy to set up an individualized appointment at your convenience. Please feel free to contact the Program Director (x2355) with your questions or concerns. We will do our very best to provide you with the assistance you need!
Information contained on this page is accurate as of September 2012.
The College reserves the right to make changes for administrative reasons without prior notice.