If you have the motivation for self-discovery and the academic background to pursue a rigorous graduate degree in the fields of counseling, your graduate school search will lead you to Southwestern.
Southwestern College offers a holistic perspective in all our degree programs, whether you seek a Master’s degree in Counseling or Art Therapy/Counseling programs. We are an especially good fit if you are an adult learner who wants to deepen and enhance your relationship to life, while enhancing your professional skills in psychology.
Prior to completing an application, please review the admissions requirements for the degree program of your choice:
Requirements include undergraduate prerequisite coursework and, in Art Therapy/Counseling, an art portfolio. International students must review program admissions requirements as well as contact the Director of Enrollment Services for international student admission requirements.
Southwestern College admits M.A. students in the fall, winter, and spring quarters. We have rolling admission which means you can apply anytime.
The following application deadlines are set up for financial aid purposes:
Early Bird Fall Quarter admissions, apply by January 31
Fall Quarter admissions, apply by April 15
Winter Quarter admissions, apply by September 15
Spring Quarter admissions, apply by January 30
Federal student loans are available to most students. To be considered for scholarships and graduate assistantships, please complete your admissions application by the above dates.Applications received or completed after the quarter deadlines will be eligible for federal student loans only and considered on a space-available basis.
Applicants who wish to transfer from other M.A. programs in Counseling or Art Therapy/ Counseling must have their graduate coursework evaluated for equivalency to determine the degree requirements they must meet at Southwestern College.
All M.A. degree applicants must submit the following:
$50 non-refundable application fee (paid when you submit your application)
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
Typed personal statement describing professional and educational goals and intentions
Official transcripts from all previous colleges
Three letters of recommendation. Letter should be on or attached to the confidential recommendation form included in the application packet. Letters from Southwestern College faculty or students as well as family members are not acceptable.
After all items have been received, students must have an admissions interview. Please contact Dru Phoenix or Emilah Dawn DeToro (contact information below) to schedule your interview.
Transcripts and related admissions records become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the student or sent to another institution.
Applicants are notified of admissions decisions in writing as soon as possible after the completion of the application process.
In accordance with the common practice of academic institutions, admissions decisions are not subject to negotiation or appeal. Each year, the College receives applications from many qualified people. From the pool of qualified applicants, the College accepts those students whose skills and goals appear to be the best match for the educational opportunities provided at Southwestern College.
For questions concerning admissions see our FAQ or, please contact: