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Admissions:Ph.D., Counseling Psychology

Admissions Criteria and Prerequisites

The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program admits students at both the post-bachelors and post-masters levels. Admission to the program is competitive. Application documentation should be submitted online. Admission decisions are based on the materials listed below, in addition to a personal interview for a small group of applicants. The program also focuses on students who have demonstrated interests in both research and practice.

How do I apply?

Complete our online application.

Application Deadlines

Deadline for program admission is December 1st. The program begins during the fall semester.

Additional Required Documents:

  • A complete graduate application form (completed online)
  • Official copies of all previous undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  • Official scores from the GRE; Psychology GRE scores are recommended, but not required*
  • Three letters of reference from former teachers, professional colleagues or supervisors
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A personal statement conveying applicant's career goals and research interests
  • A sample of work that demonstrates applicant's ability to perform at the doctoral level. Applicants who believe their standardized test scores are not representative of their true potential are particularly encouraged to submit work samples
  • $75 application fee

*The GRE exam is optional for those applying for the fall 2022 semester.

Where should I send supplemental documents?

Writing samples, personal statement, and curriculum vitae should be uploaded directly to the online application. Transcripts should be mailed to the address below.

Mail transcripts to:    Office of Graduate Admissions
400 South Orange Ave
South Orange, NJ 07079

Please note: recommendation writers will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit their letters online. If you have not done so already, please remember to request that your GRE scores are sent to Seton Hall University on

When will you make a decision on my application?

Program faculty review each of the paper applications across a number of criteria to determine if the application is complete and if the materials indicate that the applicant's stated professional and research goals are consistent with the training goals of the program.  The application is rated across a number of program criteria, including, but not limited to, undergraduate GPA, GRE scores, research experience, writing skills and professional and research interests.  Applicants will receive a determination on their application by mid-February.  The program will invite 20-25 applicants for a one day on-campus interview.  Program offers are generally made to 6-8 applicants following the on-campus interview.  Applicants who were not extended an interview may re-apply, although applying more than two times is not encouraged.