M.A. in Pastoral Mental Health Counseling Application Requirements
Who We Look For
- Applicants who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA during their undergraduate education or a 3.5 or higher GPA during their graduate school education
- Applicants who have knowledge, understanding, and interest of the field of pastoral counseling
- Applicants who demonstrate strong interpersonal skills including self-awareness, the ability to self-reflect, and a sense of openness and curiosity
The M.A. in pastoral mental health counseling program prioritizes diversity in our student body, and encourages applications from students of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and religious identities.
The ideal student:
- is committed to facilitating the psychological, emotional, relational, and spiritual development of all persons.
- embraces the inclusive nature of pastoral mental health counseling, with an openness to diverse faith perspectives.
- is dedicated to the work of social justice advocacy
- works comfortably with culturally diverse clients.
- Completion of the online application
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation
- All transcripts of undergraduate/graduate institutions attended with one of the undergraduate transcripts providing evidence of the reception of a B.A. or B.S. degree
- Interview with a member of the pastoral counseling faculty (in person if the student is in the area or via Skype/Facetime if the student is unable to travel to campus)
- International students must also submit a TOEFL exam score and an international transcript evaluation. More information on how to apply as an international applicant can be found on our International Applicants page.
For more information about the kinds of materials that are needed when applying to a GRE program, as well as an outline of what to include in your personal statement, please see our application requirements page.
Deadlines & Evaluation Process
Applications are reviewed and students are admitted according to deadlines for the MA Pastoral Mental Health Counseling program:
Fall/Summer Admission Deadlines:
- March 15
- April 15
- July 15 (Fall only)
Spring Admission Deadlines:
- September 15
- December 15
After all materials are received, each applicant's materials are reviewed via the SLATE application processor by an admissions staff member. Once the materials are determined to be complete, the application is passed on to the pastoral counseling faculty for two faculty members to review. Then, a core faculty member conducts an interview with the candidate.
After the interview is complete, the program faculty discusses the candidate at the monthly pastoral counseling faculty meeting. Decisions are then processed and shared through the GRE office of admissions.
Goals of the Admissions Process
The overall goal of the admissions process is to provide as much information about what opportunities await those who pursue an M.A. in pastoral mental health counseling at GRE.
The process of interviewing and the evaluation of the application aims to confirm the candidate's academic qualifications, aptitude for graduate study, education, and career goals that are commensurate with training objectives.
For more information and to have your questions answered about the admissions process at the GRE, email GREadmit@fordham.edu or call 718-817-4800.