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Admissions Process: Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Admissions Process: Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Submission Requirements
  1. Application:  Online
    ($55 fee; waived for CHC graduates and Information Session attendees) 
  2. Official sealed transcripts of all previous college and university study (Applicants must have graduated, or anticipate graduating, from an accredited institution with a four-year bachelor's degree; waived for applicants whose last college was CHC.)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional source.   Recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation; professional sources should be in supervisory roles; no references from family or friends.
  4. Standardized Test Score - Your choice between:  GRE (General Record Examination) - CHC School Code 2082  or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) - CHC School Code 1609. 
    Note: Not required if you have a Master's degree.  Additionally, if you plan to apply to a doctoral program within five years, the GRE is more widely accepted.
  5. Professional Goals Essay -  The Goals Essay should be between 400-600 words describing your academic and professional goals, your motivation to return to graduate school, and how you hope to contribute to your chosen program or field upon earning a Master's degree. Please proofread, as the essay will be graded for both content and grammar as a part of the admissions process.


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Application Deadlines

Chestnut Hill College has a rolling admissions policy for graduate applicants. In order to allow sufficient time for the admissions review prior to registration, applicants are encouraged to submit requirements by the following dates:

  • Spring Term - November 1
  • Summer Term - April 1 
  • Fall Term - July 1

Before beginning the application process, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Admissions Staff, or join us for a virtual or face to face Information Session.   

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Review Process

Department Interview

After all requirements are received, qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a department interview with the Chair, Program Coordinator, or Faculty Advisor. The interview provides you with an opportunity to meet our faculty and discuss the program and expectations for Clinical and Counseling graduate students. Additionally, it provides CHC the opportunity to learn more about your interests, goals and professional and academic background.

Evaluation of Criteria

Upon submission of all criteria, the Director of Graduate Admissions prepares and reviews the file. The applicant's file is reviewed by the Department Advisor, the Graduate Dean and, if applicable, the Director of Global Education. The applicant is notified of the decision regarding acceptance or non-acceptance.  Decisions are based on the strength of required criteria; correlation of applicant goals with program goals; ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment as demonstrated throughout the admissions process.  This includes appropriate and professional verbal and written correspondence.

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