Admission

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:

Counseling Requirements

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.

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Essay Questions to download

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.

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 krista.malott@villanova.edu or 610-519-4642.

Seeking Funding?

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.

Deadlines

  • 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.

Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership, Higeher Education Requirements

Applying to the Master's Program in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership or Higher Education

Requirements

Applicants to the Master's program in Graduate Education, Teacher Leadership  or Higher Education 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

Applicants for the Degree Program should submit the following materials:

  • Application for admission online.
  • Statement of professional goals (1-2 pages).
  • Application fee: $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree or with participation in an online information session.
  • Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: please use the form found on the onlineapplication.
  • Copy of a valid teacher certificate for Teacher Leadership Concentration only.
  • Short Resume.

Master's Plus Teacher Certification Requirements

Applying to the Master's Plus Teacher Certification Program:

Requirements

Successful applicants to the Master's Plus Teacher Certification Program must:

  • Have graduated from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in a teaching area (English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, etc.). Please note that additional courses may be required even if the applicant has an undergraduate degree in the teaching area. Prospective applicants should compare their coursework with the Subject Area course requirements on our website.
  • Have received a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Praxis II scores may be required for some applicants.

How to Apply

  1. Contact Program Director, Teresa G. Wojcik, Ph.D., by email teresa.wojcik@villanova.edu or 610-519-8103 to discuss your interest in doing graduate work. Please note this program offers a summer start only.
  2. Applicants for the Degree Program should submit the following materials:
    • Application for admission online.
    • Application fee: $50 payable by credit card online. The fee is waived for students with a Villanova degree.
    • Transcripts: Step 1 - You may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts in the online application in order to receive an admission decision. However, those who are offered admission must complete the following process in order to enroll. Step 2 - Official transcripts of all previous college work undergraduate (and graduate where applicable), must be sent directly from your registrar's office to the Office of Graduate Studies at Villanova. (Applicants in their last year of undergraduate study who have not completed their bachelor’s degree should provide a transcript of all courses completed at the time of application, and submit an official transcript when the undergraduate degree is completed.)
    • Three Letters of Recommendation: please use the form found on the online application.
    • Statement of Goals
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Contact

Education & Counseling
St. Augustine Ctr.- Rm 302
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610.519.4620
E-mail: educationcounseling
@villanova.edu