Admissions Criteria

To be considered for admission to graduate study in counseling Master’s degree programs, the applicant must complete the following:

  • Minimum requirements include a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution- and all college transcripts
    • Undergraduate major in psychology, human services, rehabilitation, education, sociology or social work is preferred.
    • Experiences in counseling or human services through employment or volunteer work
  • Students may seek admission to the counseling programs for fall entry only
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in last 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework - (2.5 may be considered with conditions)
  • Completed application and $ 40 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation- One professional and one that can speak to your academic/professional development skills and experiences (academic reference required if you have been enrolled in college in the past 2 years)
  • Current Resume- highlighting your education, work, and volunteer experiences
  • Personal Statement
    • In two to three typed, double-spaced pages, please answer one of the following questions. Be sure to discuss your specific concentration (Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling)
      • What are your personal, professional, and learning goals, and how might the master’s degree program in counseling help you achieve these goals?
      • Describe an experience which has had a significant impact on you. In what ways has this experience influenced you and what you hope to gain from the master’s degree program?
      • What lesson have you learned from your life and work experiences? How do these lessons shape your goals for your chosen master’s degree program concentrations?
      • In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College.
  • Interview: Students who make it through initial screening will be interviewed by program director or faculty committee as part of the selection process.

International Applicants from non-English speaking countries must demonstrate English language proficiency by way of one of the following examinations:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
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