Admission Criteria and Application Instructions

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent preparation from a foreign college or university with a minimum 3.0 cumulative average (4.0 point scale). Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies scores and/or an in-person interview may be required from students with cumulative average grades under the recommended cut-off. Consideration may be given to applicants not meeting the School of Graduate and Professional Studies requirements. Students with a degree in psychology, counseling or related field are preferable; however, those with degrees in other fields are also welcome to apply. All applicants will be asked to submit:

  • A completed Application for Admission with non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions previously attended
  • Proof of completion of at least four psychology courses, one of which must be Introduction to Psychology, with a 3.0 or better in each.
  • Three recommendations from professional or academic references, appraising the candidate's potential and capacity for graduate study, on the reference form provided
  • A 500-word statement addressing your your personal and career goals, a brief history explaining why you are specifically interested in counseling psychology and competent multicultural practices, why you are choosing Delaware Valley University’s Counseling Psychology master’s program, what you hope to contribute to the program and to the field of counseling, and a brief summary of your strengths and areas for growth
  • A comprehensive, current professional résumé

Additional information

  • Applicants with cumulative GPAs less than the minimum may be asked to interview with the program director and/or submit standardized test scores.
  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. All materials should be submitted to: Office of Graduate Studies-Counseling Psychology, Delaware Valley University, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown, PA 18901.
  • Applicants may be allowed to transfer up to six graduate credits. Courses must have been completed at an accredited graduate institution with a grade of “B” or higher. Expiration dates of potential transfer credits may vary depending on the time-sensitive nature of the course content.
  • Applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 80 (IBT) or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5. DelVal's TOEFL institution code is 2510. Course-by-course evaluations of all academic transcripts from institutions outside of the U.S. are required. Upon acceptance, additional documentation will be required including a certification of finances and visa forms.
  • Applicants applying for federal or state financial aid can contact a financial aid counselor at 215.489.2272 or The Delaware Valley University institutional code is 003252. Links to the FAFSA and institutional forms can be found at Applicants who intend to use military benefits should contact Mr. Kerr Smith, Military and Veterans Affairs Certifying Officer at 215.489.2914 or
  • Applicants with learning disabilities who wish to discuss academic services should contact Student Support Services at 215.489.2490.