Admissions Process

For Psy.D. admissions procedures and forms, please go to Psy.D. Admissions Information.


Master’s, Certificate, and Certification Programs

Chestnut Hill College has a rolling admissions policy for graduate applicants. Application requirements should be received by the following dates for applicants to be considered for acceptance: for the fall semester, July 1; for spring semester, November 1; for summer semester, March 1.  Extensions are available by contacting the Graduate Admissions staff; however, course availability may be limited for late applicants.


This page has all the forms you need to apply to the School of Graduate Studies. (Please do not use these forms to apply to the Psy.D. Program.)

Consultation/Interview with a Member of the Graduate Admissions Staff 

We will explain the process, provide you with forms and information about the requirements, and answer your questions. This step is optional, but advised unless you attend an Information Session.  You are responsible and for ensuring that all materials have been received by the Graduate Office and for scheduling your required department interview. All materials should be sent or submitted to Graduate Admissions.

Submission of Required Criteria:

(NOTE: Submitted materials become the property of Chestnut Hill College)

  • Application form with fee
  • Official transcripts of all previous college and university study
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources (recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation)
  • Professional Goals Essay *(please adhere to instructions below)
  • Standardized Test Scores*

*Departments excluding education: MAT or GRE scores (waived for those with previous graduate degrees).

*Education Applicants with Cumulative Undergraduate GPA of 2.8 to 2.99: Two graduate-level or post-bachelor's undergraduate courses (totaling at least six credits) with grades of "B" or better OR passing Praxis I or PAPA scores or proof of teaching certification

 Education Applicants with Cumulative Undergraduate GPA below 2.8: Three graduate-level courses (totaling nine credits) or four post-bachelor's undergraduate courses (totaling at least twelve credits) with grades of "B" or better AND passing Praxis I or PAPA scores or proof of teaching certification

Additional requirements, if applicable:

  • TOEFL, TSE and/or TWE are required of all students whose primary language is not English.  See International Student information below.
  • NOTE: Individual departments/programs may have diffierent or additional criteria. (See department/program requirements.)
  • Interview with Department Chair/Program Coordinator:

    Qualified applicants may schedule an interview with the appropriate Department Chair/Program Coordinator when requirements have been met. (Education and Instructional Technology applicants may schedule an initial interview and/or transcript evaluation, which may serve as the department interview.)


    International Students are required to begin the admissions process by contacting the Director of International Student Services. See International Student Services. 

    Compilation and Evaluation of Criteria: Upon submission of all criteria, the Director of Graduate Admissions prepares and reviews the file. The applicant's file is reviewed by the Department Chair/Program Coordinator, the Graduate Dean and, if applicable, the Director of International Student Services. An applicant's file may be referred to the Graduate Admissions Committee for further review and recommendation. Applicant is notified of decision in writing regarding acceptance or non-acceptance.

    Instructions for Professionals Goals Essay

    Explain academic and professional goals in relationship to life experiences and career plans.

    Describe the specific reasons the Chestnut Hill College program for which you are applying meets your goals and needs.

    The Professional Goals Essay should be a substantive academic essay of 400-600 words (typed and double-spaced)

    Include your name, your program of interest, and the date on your essay. Both a writing specialist and a department chair or coordinator will grade your essay on proficiency and writing style (overall writing ability, motivation, grammar, structure, punctuation, logic, development, etc.) and content (goals' compatibility with Chestnut Hill College program, coherence, connection between educational goals, life experience, and career plans).

    Please proof read your essay carefully.


    Questions about master’s-level admissions should be directed to:

    Andrew McCarthy 

    Associate Director of Graduate Admissions



    Questions about admissions to the Psy.D. program should be directed to:

    Jayne F. Mashett 

    Director of Graduate Admissions