Apply for Limited-Residency Master of Science in Counseling
Are you ready to start your counseling degree at Prescott College? We take a holistic approach to admissions - looking beyond numbers and grades. We want to get to know you. We look at evidence of good citizenship and community involvement, your goals and passions, and your unique talents. We thoughtfully and carefully consider all applications, looking beyond the paperwork to see the individual who wants to make a difference in the world.
Applicants to the Master of Science Program in Counseling do not need to have an extensive background in psychology, although there are some requirements for this in the Expressive Art concentration. The Admissions Committee is concerned with personal qualities and academic achievement. Applicants are encouraged to feature these qualities during personal interviews and in essays.
We believe that the mission of Mental Health Counseling is a sacred work of healing. The personal qualities of the prospective student are of the highest importance. These include humility, empathic compassion, curiosity, the ability to listen without narcissistic interference, and other attributes. We talk with prospective students as much as we do to try to ensure that they are on this personal path. With students who are academically weak, we can—if they have the right attitudes—help them ameliorate their weaknesses. But students who do not grasp the mission of Mental Health Counseling as we understand it, even if they are academically accomplished, would be better seeking training elsewhere.
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STEP 3: Submit application materials
- Post-Master's Certificate Applicants
- Computer Literacy
- Transfer Credits
- Course-Only Students
- Deferred Matriculation
- International Students
Students are expected to enter the Limited-Residency Master of Science Program with a level of technology competency sufficient to function effectively in the program. Proficiency is defined as knowledge of computer concepts, email, spreadsheet, word processing, graphics, and database applications. Graduate students must be able use message boards or computer conferencing to communicate with others, download and upload files, and attach files to email. Students are required to have full-time access to a computer that has a reliable Internet connection.
The Counseling program accepts up to 15 credits in graduate transfer course work from regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions as long as College faculty members confirm that the courses and credits to be transferred meet College-established curricular standards and expectations. Regardless of transfer credits, students must complete a set minimum required credits for each degree program.
An individual who has been awarded a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university may apply to the Master of Science Degree as a non-degree seeking student to complete the courses needed. Accepted course-only students must enroll for a minimum of six semester hours during any given semester. Interested individuals are to complete the following application requirements and adhere to the same application deadlines as degree-seeking students.
Note—Course-only students are not eligible to receive federal financial aid.
Application Requirements for Course-Only Students
- Completed Master of Science Program Application
- $15 application fee
- Official transcript from the Master's degree granting college or university
- Submit a 1-2 paragraph description of the proposed courses and a short statement why you want to complete coursework as a non-degree student.
Students wishing to defer matriculation may do so by sending a written request to the Director of Admission and paying a $100 non-refundable deposit. Matriculation will be postponed for up to a full academic year, subject to successful completion of any academic work undertaken during that time.
Applications from international students are always welcome. International students whose native language is not English must exhibit a competency in the English language, with a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 550 on the Paper-based TOEFL Test (PBT) or at least 80 on the TOEFL iBT® Test exam.
Please note that achieving the minimum TOEFL score requirement does not guarantee entrance to the graduate program.
Accepted International Students must demonstrate ability to meet educational expenses while studying at Prescott College for the first year. This is called "financial certification." (Students living in Canada and Mexico are also required to document financial certification.) This is the same standard that consular and Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) officers will use to determine a student’s financial stability.
Students should anticipate that they will be required to present documentary evidence of financial support at the time they apply for a visa and again to the CIS when they arrive in the United States. Funds may come from any dependable source, including scholarships, fellowships, sponsoring agencies, personal funds, or funds from the student’s family.
Documentation of personal or family funds should be on bank letterhead stationery, or in the form of legally binding affidavit from CIS. It may be wise to get several sets of original financial documents.
International students must submit official transcripts translated into English to Admissions. International students are also required to have non-U.S. school transcripts evaluated by a professional credential evaluation service. The applicant is responsible for all costs associated with this service. Master of Arts applicants will need to provide Admissions with a general report or basic statement of comparability.
Recommended credential evaluation service:
International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231