School of Psychology & Counseling

Master's Degree in Counseling - FAQ

Questions:

  1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?
  2. Am I required to attend full-time or may I go at my own pace?
  3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?
  4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?
  5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?
  6. What is the average age of the students?
  7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?

Answers:

1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?

The masters level programs require an entrance exam from either the GRE or the MAT. Waivers are only considered in the following instances:

  • 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.

2. Am I required to attend full-time or may I go at my own pace?

Students may select from one of three progressions that allows them to take classes at a pace that works best for their own personal and professional schedules. You may review these progressions at the following link: Approved Degree (ADP) Forms.

3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?

Due to the number of hours you will be spending in and out of class studying, we suggest you work no more than 20 hours per week. There are a number of part-time graduate assistant positions available every semester at the university that allow for flexible schedules.

4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?

We do not require applicants to have majored in psychology at the undergraduate level.  We do feel, however, that it is beneficial for applicants to have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. If you did not major or at least minor in psychology at the undergraduate level, you may want to consider taking additional undergraduate courses. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods/ Statistics, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Test & Measurements, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology.

5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?

Each year we admit and enroll about 60 students into the online Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, 40 into the Community Counseling program, and 20 in the Human Services Counseling program. Last year we received over 300 applications.

6. What is the average age of the students?

The average age of the entering class of master's students in the on-campus Community Counseling program is 29. The average age of the entering class of master's student in the on-line Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is 34. The average age of the entering class of the master's students in the Human Services Counseling program is 40.

7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?

Licensure is different in each state.  However, the general standard for licensure is completion of a 60 credit hour M.A. in Counseling - with a major in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Guidance Counseling or Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling. Two years of supervision (post degree) and a state licensure exam is what most states require to become licensed as a professional counselor or its equivalent. School guidance counseling licensure or certification is determined by the Board of Education in most states. (Usually an M.A. in Counseling in School Guidance is sufficient.) Students should examine the requirements for licensure in the state or states they would like to practice in the future. 

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