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Admissions Process: Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Admissions Process: Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Submission Requirements
  1. Completed Application:  Found 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 most recent college is CHC.)
  3. Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources. Recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation; professional sources should be in supervisory roles, references from family or friends will not be accepted.
  4. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) describing all education, professional, work, and volunteer experience, and appropriate information regarding knowledge, skills, and abilities that will support your success in the program and profession.
  5. Professional Goals Essay - The Goals Essay should be between 500-750 words (2-3 pages double-spaced) describing your academic and professional goals, your motivation to attend graduate school, and how you hope to contribute to your program and profession upon earning a Master’s degree.

    ​In your essay you should address the following issues:

  • What personal values and experiences inform your choice to pursue a degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology? Discuss how your background and interests reflect the program’s goals to value human diversity and ethical and social responsibility  
  • Discuss how the theoretical orientation(s) of the program  (psychodynamic and family systems) resonates with your understanding of people?
  • How does the curriculum (concentrations or generalist) in the Masters in Clinical and Counseling Psychology program fit with your professional goals?

Essays will be evaluated both for content and for writing style.

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On Site Writing Sample


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Standardized Test Requirements

Applicants holding a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited institution are exempt from the standardized test requirement.

Applicants whose cumulative GPA from their undergraduate degree is 3.00 or above are exempt from the standardized test requirement.

For applicants whose cumulative GPA from their undergraduate degree is under 3.00, please submit official scores from:


  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) – Score Recipient Code 2802.  For more information:

In addition to all other application requirements, official transcript evaluations of degree(s) earned outside the United States are required for all domestic and international students (translation must be from a creditable organization such as WES orECE)

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required for all international students whose first language is not English unless they have successfully completed an approved ESL/FSL program

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Program Overview

After all requirements are received, qualified applicants will be contacted by email to schedule a program interview with the Graduate Program Coordinator to arrange an interview.

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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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Application Deadlines

Chestnut Hill College has a rolling admissions policy for graduate applicants and will review documents as they are received.  In order to allow time for the admissions review prior to registration, the committee recommends that a completed application is on file by the following dates:

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