Masters in Counseling Psychology » Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the MSCP program should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above. However, if the GPA is below 3.0, applicants will be considered if supporting documents and the interview indicate potential for success in the field. Applicants can be admitted to the program at any time during the academic year. All materials must be submitted no later than one month prior to the starting date of classes for the term in which admittance is desired.

Required Documents

  1. Graduate Application and fee.
  2. Applicant Recommendation Form – Using the departmental Applicant Recommendation Form, applicants must submit three academic/professional recommendations from university personnel, professionals within the mental health field, or other professionals qualified to comment on the applicant's potential for successful graduate study in psychology. Recommenders should be able to comment on the applicant's intellectual, academic, personal, social, and emotional qualities that may pertain to graduate study and to success in the field of counseling psychology. The Applicant Recommendation Form is included with the application packet or may be downloaded from the MSCP web page.
  3. Official Transcript - Applicants applying to the MSCP program must submit an official transcript indicating a completed bachelor's degree from an accredited university. An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 is recommended for admittance.
  4. TOEFL - An applicant from a foreign country who speaks English as a second language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language with a (TOEFL) score of at least 550. The TOEFL is waived for foreign students who have graduated from an accredited American college or university. See the “International Students” link for additional admission requirements for international students.
  5. Personal Interview - Upon receipt of all required documents, the MSCP program will contact all degree-seeking applicants to schedule a formal interview with a member of the MSCP faculty.

Admission Status

Applicants are admitted in one of three classifications:

  1. Classified: Degree-seeking students who have submitted all necessary application materials and have received a letter of full acceptance from the program.
  2. Provisional: Students who have not been fully accepted but are considered possible candidates for admission may be admitted on provisional status. While on provisional status, the student must maintain a graduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  3. Unclassified: Non-degree-seeking individuals may be admitted as unclassified students which allows them to take up to four courses (12 credits) in the program as long as the prerequisite is met and with the approval of the Director. Any required prerequisites for a course count as part of the 12 credits.

Special Conditions

Re-Specialization: Applicants who have a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University or another accredited university (with clinical training) may apply to acquire an additional area of specialization in Chaminade University’s MSCP program. Applicants must submit the following:

  1. Application and fee
  2. Official transcript with the date of the highest degree earned
  3. Two Applicant Recommendation Forms (in application packet or downloaded here)
  4. Letter of intent to the Program Director
  5. Interview – Applicants from another university must complete a formal interview with a member of the MSCP faculty

Admit Status: If accepted, students must meet with the Clinical Director of the area of re-specialization as their advisor. An academic plan must be prepared before beginning courses. See Degree Requirements for re-specialization course requirements.