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Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Counseling at Southwestern Adventist University is designed to develop and deliver a program that ensures the highest of counseling preparation and performance. Southwestern is a recognized contributor in the field of counseling through effective teaching, quality research and meaningful service. The University is committed to the advancement of counseling in the mental health environments, at all levels, and for all students, especially graduate Christian education within the Adventist system of values.

Students applying for graduate admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program must submit the following documents to the Office of Admissions and Records.

  1. A formal application for admission to graduate studies.
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate college or university course work.
  3. Official GRE test results taken within five years prior to application.
  4. Written recommendations from two individuals knowing the applicant's professional ability, personal character, and intellectual promise for pursuing successful graduate study.

Students applying for graduate admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program must also apply to the Department of Education and Psychology. The following materials must be submitted to the department:

  1. A formal departmental application to graduate studies in counseling.
  2. Appropriate documentation for a certified background check.
  3. A personal statement.

The department will also interview the applicant.


Admission to Regular Graduate Standing

An applicant will be accepted in good and regular standing to the M.A. in Counseling program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a comparable degree from a foreign academic institution. Acceptable areas of study for admission to the M.A. in Counseling include psychology, education, social work, criminal justice, or other behavioral science.
  2. A formula score of 590 or higher. The formula is as follows:
    • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average X 100+ a combined score on the GRE verbal and quantitative sections.
  3. Acceptable written recommendations.
  4. Meet the English proficiency requirements for admission to the University.
  5. Department of Education and Psychology recommendation based on the personal statement, interview and background check.