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Master of Arts in Counseling (non-licensure) – Admissions Requirements

Application Process

Our approach to the admissions process is holistic; we consider all that each applicant has to offer, rather than making decisions based on any single factor. Completed applications are reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. Applications are considered complete when the online application has been completed and submitted, and all required supporting documentation has been received. Students are encouraged to submit all required items in a timely manner as enrollment will be limited. The program follows a cohort model, with classes beginning in the fall and spring semesters. The admissions application deadlines for admission are

July 15 (fall enrollment) and December 15 (spring enrollment). Applications received after these dates will be reviewed subject to space availability in the program.


In addition to the completed application, admissions requirements include the following:

  • Official college transcript showing completion of a Bachelor’s degree*
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal Essay (see below)

*Students who have not earned a Bachelor’s degree at the time of application or acceptance must submit a final official college transcript showing proof of graduation before permitted to register for graduate courses.

Students admitted to the program have typically obtained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least five undergraduate courses in Psychology or a related field with an earned grade of “C” or better.


Preference is given to students who have taken:

  • General (Introductory) Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Research Methods and/or Experimental Psychology
  • Statistics


Personal Essay Requirements

Compose an original typed essay that comprehensively addresses and integrates all of the following content areas:

  1. Describe your career goals and objectives, and their relevance to the professional practice of Counseling.
  2. Explain why you wish to study Counseling at Becker College. Identify any strengths that will contribute to your success in this program, including relevant work experience and personal attributes.

Your essay should not exceed 500 words.

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