Behavioral Sciences

School of Behavioral Sciences

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Admission Requirements

Admission to the CBU Counseling Psychology Program is at the discretion of the Graduate Faculty.

  • Fall 2014 classes begin September 2. It is not too late to apply!
  • Spring 2015 classes begin January 5. Applications should be complete by November 5.

1. Application for admission with a non-refundable graduate application fee.

2. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for unconditional admission and 2.75 for conditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be considered for admission with the presentation of a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). GRE is not required for applicants who meet the minimum GPA requirement.

3. Official sealed transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

4. Three recommendations using the online Recommendation Request form from sources who can address your potential for success. It is preferred that one recommendation be from an instructor or professor. Recommendations from friends and family are not acceptable.

5. Comprehensive essay of at least 500 words that includes the following:

  • Purpose for entering the program
  • Experiences that have directed your interest toward becoming a therapist and forensic psychology (for dual applicants)
  • Religious background, present pattern of spiritual growth, fundamentals of personal faith and the relationship between your faith and professional goals
  • Influences that have shaped your present values and approach to life
  • Reasons for choosing to study at CBU
  • A response to this question, “Have you ever received psychiatric treatment or counseling, yes or no?” If yes, please provide a brief explanation.


6. Successful interview(s) with the Director of the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology.

7. Prerequisite coursework:

  • Developmental Psychology or Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Theories of Personality
  • Statistics


8. An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting a recent test score from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score required to display English proficiency for standard admission to a graduate programs is 80 IBT TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS.