Application for Admission
Masters of Science in Counseling
In order to be considered for enrollment in a graduate program of Divine Mercy University, applicants must fulfill certain admission requirements. Below is a list of the requirements for the Master of Science in Counseling program within the School of Counseling (SOC).
Please note that individuals seeking admission to multiple programs of study (i.e., M.S. Counseling and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology), must submit the separate applications specific to each individual program.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
Undergraduate cumulative GPA:
- Minimum overall 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 GPA in the applicant’s major field of study, or a minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credits in the applicant’s undergraduate degree.
- In rare circumstances, applicants with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 may be considered for admission. An applicant with such circumstances should contact the Admissions Office directly before completing the application process.
Complete the application process which includes:
- Completed Application for Admission document
- One Recommendation Form from an Academic Reference - If you believe you may have trouble obtaining an academic reference, please contact the Admissions Office to discuss this requirement.
- Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions even if a degree was not awarded.
- Submission of essays as noted in Application for Admission document
- Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Submission of current, valid, official GRE general test scores.
- $55 application fee, which the Admissions Office can choose to waive in extenuating circumstances
Availability for two video conference interviews after submission of all application materials.
- Individual interview with admissions
- Group interview with other applicants and SOC faculty
Applicants whose primary language is other than English please note the following:
Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years, and the scores must be submitted directly to DMU by the testing agency.
- TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based version (iBT), 250 on the computer-based version (CBT), and 600 on the paper-based version (PBT). Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, who will only make them available for up to two years from the test date. For more information, please view our catalog.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years, and the scores must be submitted directly to DMU by the testing agency.
For international applicants or applicants whose baccalaureate degree was earned at an institution outside of the U.S. please note the following:
- Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must submit any international transcript(s) to a NACES approved evaluation service for a “Course-by-Course” evaluation of their transcripts. For more information, please view our catalog.
- Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must demonstrate post-secondary education that is, at minimum, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
After all application materials have been completed and received by our Admissions office, the applicant will be invited to schedule a video conference interview with admissions. Pending the outcome of the individual meeting with admissions, a group video conference interview with other applicants and the SOC faculty members will follow. If you are seeking admission to a program after the Primary Application Deadline has passed, please contact Admissions for further assistance and to inquire if additional spaces may still be available. Note that seating is limited and cohorts may fill to capacity prior to published deadlines.
For Spring 2020 start:
- Early Application Deadline – Oct 30th
- Application Deadline – Dec 6th