Master's Programs Admissions Requirements
We are honored that you are interested in applying to one of our master's programs. The following are the program admission prerequisites and requirements:
Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Acceptable degrees include those in counseling, psychology, or related human behavioral fields. If your degree is in a different discipline, a minimum of nine completed semester hours in psychology or closely related discipline is required. The following courses are recommended: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Human Development and Personality Theory.
Have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).
Step 1: Online application and fee
Submit a completed application along with a $50 non-refundable application fee.
|Program||Campus||Start Terms||Application Deadline|
|M.A. in Counseling||On Campus or Online||Fall or spring start||July 1/ December 1|
|M.A. in Human Services Counseling||Online||Fall, spring or summer start||July 1/ December 1/ April 15|
Step 2: Personal goals statement
Step 3: 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 4: Resume
Submit a resumé or curriculum vita. Please email to your admissions counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 5: Transcripts
Submit official copies of transcripts from each college or university attended, submitted in a sealed envelope with an authorized signature across the flap of the envelope. Transcripts can be mailed to:
Enrollment Support Services, LIB 102
1000 Regent University Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
Step 6: Official test Scores
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.
GRE: Graduate Record Exam-General Test
The School of Psychology & Counseling does not require the Psychology Subject Test. Average GRE of admitted students: 920 (old score scale), or a 150 Verbal and 142 Quantitative (revised score scale). These are averages based on the scores of enrolled students over the last 5 years.
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
The faculty preference is for scores within the 50th percentile. To learn more about the MAT visit www.milleranalogies.com and register to take the exam online.
Step 7: Recommendation letters
Submit three recommendations: Please use the Recommendation Request Form to provide us with contact information for each of your recommendations. We will use this information to contact each recommender and provide them with the appropriate recommendation form.
One recommendation must be from a former professor or instructor capable of evaluating your academic preparation for the type of degree you seek to complete with us. If it has been more than five years since your last schooling, a supervisor recommendation may be submitted in lieu of the faculty recommendation.
A clergy recommendation must also be submitted. This may come from a minister, priest or someone else who has the ability to evaluate your spiritual maturity and suitability for graduate study that will include a Christian integration. Please no family members as recommenders.
The third recommendation may be a general reference.
Step 8: interview (for selected applicants)
An interview may be requested by the admissions committee before a decision can be rendered. Interviews may be completed by phone or online via Skype. Faculty interviewers will contact applicants selected for an interview once their application is complete to arrange the interview.
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 email@example.com should you have any further questions about the application process.