The following criteria must be fulfilled for admission to the Master’s program in Counseling.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
The College recognizes the importance of life experience, letters of recommendation and personal motivation as indicators of academic readiness and success in the counseling field. These factors, along with a personal statement which describes professional and educational goals and intentions, will enhance the likelihood of admission.
2. A minimum of 9 semester credits (14 quarter units) of undergraduate psychology coursework including:
One psychology elective of the applicant’s choice
A recommended psychology elective can be a course in personality theory, psychology of adjustment or social psychology, for example.
A grade of “C” or better is required in each prerequisite course. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis are subject to approval for psychology credit. Psychology prerequisites must be completed before entry into the M.A. program.
To apply, please submit the following for consideration:
Official transcripts (sent directly via snail mail or electronically to SWC from all colleges and universities attended)
Two typed letters of recommendation (1 professional and 1 academic, or 2 professional recommendations if an academic reference is unavailable).
Typed 3-page personal statement of professional and educational goals and intentions.
When the above items have been received, we will contact you for an interview.
All applicants must have an interview with a member of the Admissions staff. Due to the applied and holistic nature of the program, the applicant’s presentation of self, including communication and reflective skills in the admissions interview, are critical factors in the determination of acceptance.
Note: Many Master’s degree students choose a certificate specialty program. If you are interested in any of these programs please contact the Director of Admissions. You can apply to to a program either before or after you begin classes at Southwestern College. To read more about the specialty certificate programs visit our Certificate Programs page.