Graduate Admissions Process

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


Master’s Degree, 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, April 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 with a Member of the Graduate Admissions Staff 

Attendance at a Graduate Information Session or a consultation with a member of the Graduate Admissions Staff is recommended before beginning the application process.  Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all materials have been received. Submitted materials become the property of Chestnut Hill College. All materials should be submitted to:

CHC Graduate Admissions
9601 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia PA 19118

Admissions Requirements

  • Application form with fee (currently $55; waived for CHC graduates and Information Session attendees)
  • Official transcripts of all previous college and university study (waived for applicants whose last college was CHC)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources (recent graduates are expected to submit at least one academic recommendation; professional sources should be in supervisory roles)
  • Professional Goals Essay (please adhere to instructions below)
  • Standardized Test Scores, as required:
    • Administration of Human Services: GRE ( or MAT ( or On-Site Writing Essay
    • Clinical and Counseling Psychology: GRE or MAT
    • Education: No test required if GPA is 3.0 or above; Praxis I or PAPA if GPA is below 3.0
    • Instructional Technology: GRE, MAT, Praxis I, PAPA, or MCAT 
  •  International Students: TOEFL, IELTS, or successful completion of an approved ESL program is required for all students whose primary language is not English. 

Interview with Department Chair/Program Coordinator/Faculty Advisor 

After all requirements are received, qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule a department interview.  NOTE: If you believe all requirements should have been received and you have not been contacted, please email to verify your status.


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 Global Education. An applicant's file may be referred to the Graduate Admissions Committee for further review and recommendation. The applicant is notified of the decision in writing regarding acceptance or non-acceptance. 


Decisions are based on the following:

  • Strength of required criteria;
  • Correlation of applicant goals with program goals;
  • Ability to contribute to a collaborative learning environment as demonstrated throughout the admissions process.  This includes appropriate and professional verbal and written correspondence.

Instructions for Professionals Goals Essay

  • Explain your academic and professional goals in relationship to your life experiences and career plans.
  • Describe the specific reasons the Chestnut Hill College program for which you are applying meets your goals and needs.
  • Explain how you hope to contribute to your chosen program and field.

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 proofread 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