Admissions Requirements

  • Possess a bachelor’s degree in any field from a college or university that is institutionally accredited and endorsed by CHEA. If the bachelor’s degree was earned outside the United States, the program of study must be equivalent to a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree program.  
  • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 2.8 (3.0 required for accelerated and online tracks).  A GPA of 3.0 is preferred (3.5 preferred for accelerated track). An applicant with a lower GPA may submit GRE or MAT scores to strengthen the application. 
  • Have earned six credit hours of behavioral science courses (e.g., psychology, educational psychology, social work, etc.) with a grade C or higher within 10 years of applying to the program. Candidates may be accepted into the program but will not be eligible for classes until 6 credit hours are fulfilled. CLEP exams will be accepted for Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, and/or Introduction to Sociology
  • For applicants who studied in educational systems outside the United States:   Official evaluation of academic credentials in English from a NACES member organization is required. An evaluation from World Education Services is preferred. 
  • For applicants whose language of instruction was not English:  Minimum test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 (internet-based) or 213 (computer- based) or minimum international English language testing system (IELTS) score of 6.5

Application Steps:

Step 1: If you meet the above requirements, submit the following:

  • Application: Completed and signed at eastern.edu/apply.
  • Official Transcript(s) from the degree conferring undergraduate (and graduate if applicable) institution. Additional official transcripts(s) will be needed reflecting the necessary pre-requisites if completed at an institution other than where your undergraduate degree was completed, or if you transferred credits and those grades do not appear on the transcript where you earned the degree  Submit the Request for Official College Transcript and the Admissions Office will request your transcript(s) on your behalf.
  • A current resume
  • Two Recommendations:  One professional recommendation and one academic. The professional reference must be from a present or past workplace supervisor; the academic reference must be from an instructor of course you took as an enrolled student.  Those who are recommending you must use our form. **If you have been out of school for more than four years, you may submit two professional recommendations.  
  • A signed Disclosure of Online Learning Expectations (DOLE) Form, affirming ability to appropriately use contemporary technology tools for communication and online learning

Step 2: After your application is completed, and you have met admission requirements, selected candidates will be invited in for the following:

  • A personal interview with a Counseling Psychology department member
  • A Writing Task, to be completed on-site after the personal interview.
  • A review of your intended program of study (POS) and program policies. You will be asked to sign these documents after reviewing, as well as a criminal history waiver.

Step 3: After receiving your letter of acceptance, you will need to:

  • Submit a New Student Enrollment Form for registration
  • Submit a $150 tuition deposit.

* Please note, at least 4.5 credits must be taken per semester to qualify for financial aid.

Entry Terms

Spring 2023

  • Classes begin January 9th
  • Application deadline: 12/12/2022

Accelerated Track Summer 1 2023

  • Classes begin May 15th
  • Application deadline: 3/24/2023

Fall 2023

  • Classes begin August 28th
  • Early application deadline: 1/27/2023
  • Final application deadline: 7/21/2023