School of Psychology & Counseling

Personal Goals Statement

Regent University's School of Psychology & Counseling is a Christian graduate school with a deep commitment to academic excellence, professional competence and spiritual development. The admissions process is very competitive. To assist us in your evaluation, please complete these admissions essays as part of the application procedure. These goals will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee in conjunction with the other items required in the admissions process.

Non-Degree and Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) Applicants may skip to the bottom of this page for specific instructions.

Provide responses that apply only to the program to which you seek admission.  BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR FULL NAME ON EVERY PAGE YOU SUBMIT USING A HEADER OR FOOTER TOOL.


  • Strive for clarity and specificity
  • Single space
  • 12-point Times or Times New Roman
  • Response should follow the word limits assigned for each question
  • Responses should NOT be listed on seperate pages but rather one continuous document

Click here for a sample of the required format.

Core Application Questions (common to all applicants):

1. Review the program descriptions below and describe how a degree from the School of Psychology & Counseling would facilitate your personal and professional goals. (50-100 words)

Master of Arts in Counseling:
A licensure oriented degree designed to satisfy the state requirements to become a school counselor (PK-12), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (HSC):
A degree oriented toward counseling within ministry settings or as a component of other vocations for which a license is not required (i.e., medicine, teaching, the military, etc.). This is an ideal joint degree and especially useful for those preparing for chaplaincy.

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.):
A pre-professional doctoral degree leading to licensure as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Greater emphasis is placed on the practice of clinical psychology than research, though research is still a component of the studies. A master’s degree is not a pre-requisite.

Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.):
The terminal degree relevant to the counseling profession. This is ideal for counselors who want to teach in academic settings, supervise and train other counselors, and research elements of counseling, especially counselor preparation. A master’s degree in counseling or closely related study is a pre-requisite.

Master of Science in General Psychology:
A non-clinical degree oriented toward knowledge, content, and skills in the core area of general psychological science.

2. Considering your personal, spiritual, and professional background, why have you chosen Regent as the place to pursue your degree? (50-100 words)

3. How have your academic and professional experiences and achievements prepared you to be successful in this degree program? Please elaborate on skill sets, attributes, and other personal strengths you will bring into the program. Applicants for online programs should speak to their performance in prior online learning environments and/or comfort level/skill with the use of technology in learning. (250-550 words)

4. Program Specific Response - Answer only for the program to which you are applying (100-200 words)

Master of Arts in Counseling:
Depending on whether you are applying for the Clinical, School or Marriage, Family & Couples, describe your understanding of a Professional Counselor or School Counselor or Marriage and Family identity, and how it differs from Social Work, Psychology.

Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling (HSC):
Describe how counseling skills fill needs within other vocations than just those in the mental health field. In particular, discuss the role of a pastoral or lay counselor in contrast to those who practice under a relevant license in counseling, social work, or psychology.

Doctoral Program in Counselor Education and Supervision (Ph.D.):
Describe your understanding of a Counselor Educator identity, and how it differs from Master's level Counseling, Social Work, Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.):
Describe your understanding of the professional identity of a Clinical Psychologist, and how it differs from that of Licensed Professional Counselors, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, or Clergy.

Master of Science in General Psychology:
Describe the benefits of possessing a knowledge of Psychology and human behavior outside of a clinical setting. Specifically address the role of those conducting research, analyses and serving as Social service managers or within Mental Health Support roles.

Non-Degree and Certificate of Graduate Studies (CGS) Applicants complete only the following two questions:

  1. Please list the course(s) or Certificate Program in which you wish to enroll.
  2. Please provide a summary stating why you desire to enroll at Regent University and how the courses or Certificate Program you propose to take will contribute to personal or professional development.

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