Master's Programs Admissions Requirements
- M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling—Fall: July 1 | Spring: December 1
- M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling—Fall: July 1 | Spring: December 1
- M.A. in School Counseling—Fall: July 1 | Spring: December 1
- M.A. in Human Services Counseling—Fall: July 1 | Spring: December 1 | Summer: April 15
*Important Note: If admitted into the M.A. in Counseling – online, you will be required to attend and successfully complete three one-week residencies during the course of the program. Students have the option of attending residency in January or August. January residency will be held Sunday, January 11 – Friday, January 16 while the August residency will be held Sunday, August 9 – Friday, August 14. Students wanting to pursue the accelerated pace will need to attend both the January and August residency their first year.*
Master's applicants must:
- Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology, or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
- Have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).
Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
Note: You may begin this application and leave at any time. Your information will be saved and you can login again using the Login ID and PIN you create.
Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the $50 application fee online during the application process, via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.
Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources, and waive your $50 application fee. RSVP Today!
Step 3: Personal goals statement
Submit a Personal Goals Statement demonstrating an interest in counseling relative to the program to which you are applying (Human Services, Clinical, Marriage, or School). Please email to the Admissions Office at email@example.com using the subject line: SPC Masters Application Pieces.
Step 4: Writing sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Click here for detailed instructions.
Step 5: Resume
Submit a professional resumé or curriculum vita, to include 3 references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at firstname.lastname@example.org using the subject line:
SPC Masters Application Pieces.
Step 6: Transcripts
Submit an official transcript indicating successful completion of a bachelor's degree in a sealed envelope with an authorized signature across the flap of the envelope. Official transcripts may also be sent electronically, directly from the college or university, to email@example.com using the subject line:
SPC Masters Application Pieces. Additional transcripts may be requested on a case-by-case basis.
Mailed transcripts should be sent to:
Registrar's Office, SC 218
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Step 7: Official Test Scores (MA in Counseling applicants, Only)
The Master's in Counseling program requires an entrance exam from either the GRE or the MAT. Applicants for the Master's in Human Services Counseling program do not need to submit exam scores. Waivers are only considered in the following instances: (Please keep in mind waivers are only considered for Master's program applicants.)
- The applicant has an earned doctorate from a regionally accredited college or university
- The applicant has completed another master's degree at Regent University with at least a 3.5 GPA
- The applicant has at least ten years of professional work experience AND a GPA of 3.5 or higher from their last completed degree, from a regionally accredited college or university.
GRE: Graduate Record Exam-General Test
The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject Test.
For more information about the GRE you can contact:
GRE (Educational Testing Service), Princeton, NJ 08541, 609-771-7670 / 866-473-4373, www.gre.org
MAT: Miller Analogies Test
To learn more about the MAT visit www.milleranalogies.com.
Average test scores of admitted students: GRE 152 - Verbal and 141 - Quantitative (revised score scale). MAT - 400. These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last 3 years.
Step 8: Interview
HSC Applicants: An interview may be required by the faculty for selected applicants. Interviews may be completed by phone or in-person, and the designated interviewer will contact the applicant to arrange the interview. In some instances an interview may be conducted via video teleconference.
All other MA Applicants: A Pre-Admission Workshop completes the application process prior to submitting your file to the admissions committee for their review. These required workshops are conducted online, and you must have both a webcam and microphone to participate. Your admissions counselor will provide information regarding workshop days/times for you to register once your file is complete.
International student applicants should allow at least 4-6 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.
Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, should you have any further questions about the admissions process.
Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.