Applicants to any of the Master's program in Education and Counseling must hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

How to Apply

Please visit the web pages of the Office of Graduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to request additional information, view application deadlines or to begin your online application.

For specific Master's requirements, please see the admission requirements for your program of interest:

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Science in Counseling

  • Selected Counseling applicants will be invited for an interview, held on Friday, February 22, 2019. Please reserve this entire day for a possible interview.


Counseling Essay Questions 2018-19

Essay Questions

Directions: Please respond briefly (250 words maximum each) to the following questions:

1.    Briefly explain your motivation for choosing the profession of counseling, including your hopes for your population of practice.

2.    One core set of standards and practices valued in the counseling profession and incorporated across counselor training at Villanova is multicultural counseling competencies. Please review this abbreviated definition of the competencies. Using this definition as a guide, describe your awareness of:

(a) Your most important cultural world views/values, and what or who shaped them.

(b) Personal efforts at realizing and working on a particular bias (as we have all learned biases) based on those world views and in regard to those of differing identities or beliefs.

3.    Counseling professionals often must make decisions regarding complex ethical dilemmas involving multiple perspectives, whereby no one clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ solution exists:

(a) describe an ethical dilemma you have encountered in your personal or professional life;

(b) state how it was resolved, and why you chose to resolve it in that manner;

(c) indicate what the most challenging part was, regarding this dilemma.