Applicants to the Master's program in Counseling must:
1) Hold a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies (Please note: there are special requirements for international students).
2) Posses an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
3) Engage in a required, on-campus group interview (on Friday, February 22, 2019).
4) Submit the following materials:
a. A brief (no more than 2 pages) resume.
b. 3 letters of recommendation, with at least one that speaks to the applicant’s academic abilities.
c. Unofficial transcripts (official to be submitted if accepted in the program).
d. Applicants with a undergraduate GPA below 3.0 are required to take the GRE exam. GRE scores no older than 5 years will be accepted.
e. Response to a set of application essay questions below.
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.
Applying to the Master’s in Counseling Program: The First Step
Review the program website and identify the specific area of emphasis that you wish to pursue (e.g., either Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling). Consider visiting campus, in particular during a fall or spring Graduate Open House, check the graduate school website for those dates and to sign up. Questions? Contact Dr. Krista Malott, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-519-4642.
Various programs and departments at Villanova offer graduate assistantships for graduate students, or consider applying for a Resident Assistance position in a dormitory. For students seeking to apply for a graduate assistantship in the Department of Education, please see our Counseling Graduate Assistantships page. To identify other campus work opportunities: see the Graduate School Website for links identified under Financing Your Education or call individual departments to inquire as to potential positions. Also, see online, Villanova’s Student Job Directory.
- Counseling applications will only be accepted for fall semester entry. The application deadline is January 7th.
- Selected applicants will be invited for interview, held on Friday, February 22, 2019. Please reserve this entire day for a possible interview.
How to Apply
1. Applicants to any graduate program should follow the process outlined for Prospective Students on the Graduate Studies website and summarized below. The application is only online.
2. Additionally, the Counseling Department requires a completed your written response to three essay questions, which can be uploaded to your online application.