Whether you're from Los Angeles, Lisbon, or London, a first-time graduate student or considering a second master's degree, there are a few key minimum graduate admission requirements that students who wish to apply to the Counseling Psychology program must meet to apply to MSMU.
Students who wish to apply to the Counseling Psychology program must meet minimum graduate admission requirements.
- A baccalaureate or professional degree (or equivalent foreign credential) from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, earned by the expected date of entry.
- A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale. If your GPA does not meet the minimum requirement—or if you feel that your GPA is not a valid indicator of your ability—you may submit an application, and provide a brief statement (no more than one page) explaining circumstances or limitations that affected your GPA.
- Completion of an Introductory Psychology course.
Undergraduate coursework in Psychology or Sociology is preferred.
Application Components & Process
All graduate applicants are responsible for submitting the following:
Graduate Admission Application+-
Applicants must complete and submit an online Graduate Application in order to be considered for admission.
Applicants are required to submit an application essay explaining your purpose in undertaking a graduate program in Psychology. This is your opportunity to define your goals, interests and career plans as they relate to your proposed course of study. We are trying to gain a sense of who you are and the distinctive experiences and interests that have motivated you to pursue this degree.
Please submit a statement that includes answers to the following questions. Please limit your statement to four, double-spaced pages. (Applicants must answer all questions)
1. Why are you seeking graduate education at this time? Describe your career goals and how they evolved. What significant experiences have you had in giving or receiving help that has directed you toward entering this field? Describe times in your life where you have solved problems or struggled with issues. What impact have these experiences had in shaping your value base?
2. What do you consider to be personal qualities that equip you for graduate education and for the profession of counseling? Discuss your experiences, feelings and ideas about working with populations and settings different from your own.
3. Describe your undergraduate/graduate academic experience and include a description of your academic strengths and weaknesses. Please explain any grade deficiencies and what you have done to improve them.
4. Graduate education often means a change in one’s current lifestyle. Students often juggle classes, fieldwork, and work and home responsibilities. Do you anticipate any changes and how do you plan to prepare for them?
Letters of Recommendation+-
Two letters of recommendation are required from academic or non-academic sources. We use an electronic recommendation process, which ensures that we receive your recommendations in a timely fashion and it is convenient for your recommenders.
Recommenders should comment on an applicant’s ability to perform in the program’s required coursework.
When submitting your electronic application, you can provide your recommenders name, phone number, and email address. Your recommenders will receive the recommendation form electronically and then submit it electronically to MSMU.
Résumé / Curriculum Vitae+-
Please outline your educational and professional background and relevant experiences and activities, including community work.
After you submit your application, arrange for all official transcripts from colleges, universities, and post-secondary institutions you have previously attended be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Important: Official transcripts are those that have been issued by an institution, and submitted directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions in a sealed envelope or electronically. Copies of transcripts mailed by applicants or hand-delivered will be considered unofficial.
Official transcripts may be sent to Mount Saint Mary’s University in one of two ways.
Mail transcripts to:
Mount Saint Mary’s University
Office of Graduate Admissions
10 Chester Place, Mailbox 181
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Please instruct your institution to submit secure electronically-delivered transcript to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*MSMU does not accept electronic transcripts from overseas institutions or vendors.
International Transcript Credential Evaluation
International degrees must be evaluated by a professional agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Evaluations must include a course-by-course analysis indicating the type of degree received, the U.S. equivalency of the degree, the graduation date and a cumulative grade point average.
In addition to submitting a full application, prospective students who are under consideration will be offered an in-person interview with the Program Director or faculty member as part of the decision process.
An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program.
The Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) programs meet the standards and have been approved by the California Board of Behavioral Science, leading to an MFT or PCC counselor license in California. Mount Saint Mary’s is in the process of researching program professional licensure standards in other states.