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 23, 2018).
4) Submit the following materials:
a. A brief (no more than 2 pages) resume.
b. 3 letters of recommendation, ideally 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.
1. The American Counseling Association defines the profession of counseling as: a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. In an effort to train effective professionals capable of effective engagement in such a wide range of tasks, the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University is committed to facilitating both the professional development and personal growth of our students.
To that end, we have developed a professional performance review process for students in the program, whereby students are assessed according to specific attributes, characteristics, and behaviors that researchers and scholars have identified as necessary for effective counseling.
Please review these characteristics found on the Effective Counselor Qualities page. Then, in 300 words or less, identify and discuss the following: (a) one attribute listed in the document that you believe is a strength for you, and (b) one attribute that you believe is an area of growth for you.
2. Counseling professionals must regularly make decisions regarding complex ethical dilemmas involving multiple perspectives and no one clear ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ solution. In 400 words or less:
(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.
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 email@example.com 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.
2. Additionally, the Counseling Department requires a completed your written response to two essay questions, which can be uploaded to your online application.
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