Fall admission only. Applications deadline: January 15
Consider the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology if you:
- are interested in obtaining a license to practice counseling at the master's degree
level (Counseling Psychology, practitioner track);
- are considering applying to doctoral programs in psychology (Counseling Psychology,
- value training in counseling skills, multiculturalism and diversity, and career and
- are more interested in providing counseling and therapy than conducting standardized
assessments and evaluations;
- are interested in the health, strengths, assets and normal development of individuals
as well as individuals' distress and dysfunction; and
- want to work in settings like university counseling centers, residential treatment
facilities, or community mental health centers.
If one or more of these points does not apply to you, consider the school psychology or the clinical psychology programs.
- Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in psychology. Students
must have taken the following prerequisites (all of which must be completed with a
grade of C or better):
1. General Psychology (3)
2. Behavioral Statistics (3)
3. Research Methods (3)
4. Abnormal Psychology (3)
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university**. An undergraduate
transcript from each university attended is required.
- An undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 is required for admission. All GPA calculations
for admission are based upon the last 60 credits of undergraduate and post-baccalaureate
- A completed application for admission is required. Prospective students can apply online.
- Three letters of recommendation, which attest the applicant's potential to succeed
in graduate school and strong interpersonal skills, are also required (Email addresses
of recommenders must be entered on application).
- Acceptable performance on the GENERAL Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Important information about the GRE, GRE testing
centers and test dates can be found here. For admission for the Fall 2022 semester, the GRE General Test will be OPTIONAL.
It will not be a requirement for admission at this time.
- A letter of intent addressing the following:
(Please submit both responses in the same document)
- In approximately 500 words, please tell us about your professional goals and how obtaining
a MA degree from Towson University’s Counseling Psychology program will help you obtain
those goals. You may include a brief discussion of pivotal experiences that helped
shape your interest in this field and our program.
- In approximately 300 words, describe what cultural responsiveness means to you and
how it fits with your career aspirations. You may include a brief discussion of any
personal experiences that helped shaped your view.
- The highest ranking applicants will be required to interview with the faculty of the
Counseling Psychology program. Invitations to interview will be made in February.
Interviews will take place in March.
- Resume or Curriculum Vita (CV)
- Completed applications and admission credentials must meet the deadline of January 15th for fall semester admission. Applications are not accepted for spring admission. Admission to the program is granted on a competitive, space-available basis.
Non-immigrant international students: See additional admission information in International Graduate Admissions.
*See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.