There are two opportunities to enter this fully on-campus program in a 12 month period. Applications for the fall term (beginning in September) should be submitted on or before the deadline of January 31. Applications for the spring term (beginning in January) should be submitted on or before the deadline of October 15.
Applications should be submitted online, with video submission (see below) sent to the TWU Graduate Admissions Office by the deadline date. All application items must be received by the deadline to be considered on-time.
Applicants with high academic honours in their undergraduate study may choose to complete applications before January 31 for early admission consideration.
TYPES OF ADMISSION:
- #1: You have earned a 4-year B.A. degree in Psychology (honours psychology preferred), or an equivalent 4-year degree, from an accredited institution. You have successfully completed all pre-requisite courses and admission requirements to the program.
- #2: You have earned a 4-year degree from an accredited institution, but do not meet all admission requirements. In this case, you may receive a conditional acceptance pending successful completion (minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher) of pre-requisite course(s) prior to starting the program.
The minimum G.P.A. for admission is 3.0 (or B) based on the last two years of the B.A. (presuming these include predominantly upper-level courses) and the minimum grades of four of the upper-level prerequisite courses* in psychology must be 3.7 (A-). *See below.
COURSE PRE-REQUISITE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants with a non-Psychology degree who demonstrate high academic competence and a serious commitment to pursue counselling as a profession require courses in the following undergraduate psychology areas:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Statistics
- Research Design
- Brain and Behaviour
- Abnormal Psychology
- Personality Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- *A Basic Counselling Skills Course
*BASIC COUNSELLING SKILLS COURSE: You must have successfully completed a course in basic counselling skills. However, you may receive conditional acceptance pending your successful completion of a counselling skills course prior to formal enrolment. A professional review of your video submission is also taken into account when recommending or requiring further training before the start of the program. A Basic Counselling Skills (CPSY 490) is offered every summer in August at TWU; register online. If you have not taken a formal course in basic counselling skills but believe you have the required basic skills, you may challenge this requirement by submitting applicable syllabi and documentation of relevant experience.
These prerequisites are all offered through TWU on campus or online. See Timetable.
Other recommended courses providing good background for professional practice include: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Learning Theory, Psychological Testing, Marriage and the Family, and History of Psychology. Although these recommended courses are not required for entry, students without them may be at a learning disadvantage in graduate studies and may need to do extra reading.
Additional background that can further strengthen preparation for graduate studies includes studies in cultural psychology and community psychology; experience as a research assistant or teaching assistant; advanced courses in research design, statistics, or neuropsychology; and familiarity with multiple languages.
Applicants may supplement the documentation of their academic credentials by submitting their score from the GRE Aptitude Examination (General Test) or from the MAT (Miller Analogies Test). When more than five years have elapsed since their bachelor’s degree was awarded, applicants must submit either the GRE or MAT. Other applicants who would like to strengthen their application by submitting the GRE or MAT scores may do so. Trinity Western’s institutional code for score submission is 0876. Applicants who have an M.A. in research-based subfields of psychology but who wish to acquire clinical skills are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be accompanied by two references: 1) Academic Reference 2) Work-related Reference. These references must be written by persons who know the applicant well and can describe his/her personal qualifications for the role of counsellor.
COUNSELLING-RELATED WORK REQUIREMENT:
Applicants must supply evidence (such as an annotated resume) of successful work or volunteer service in a counselling-related field over a two-year period.
ADMISSION STATEMENT REQUIREMENT:
Applicants must provide a brief description (approximately two pages long) of their reasons for wishing to pursue a master’s degree at TWU, their view of counselling processes, and their career goals. They should also describe their openness to self-examination and their commitment to personal and professional self-development during professional training and as a life-long practice. They may also want to mention their spiritual journey and personal faith.
CHARACTER AND PROFESSIONAL FITNESS DISCLOSURE FORM REQUIREMENT:
For those involved in professional training, one's credentialing, work experience, background, character and reputation is examined closely for "fit" with the responsibilities of taking on formal helping roles. The online application contains a series of questions about experiences related to ‘fit’ with the professions of counselling and psychology which are often raided in the process of professional licensure.
All information submitted in response to these questions is treated as confidential.
Applicants will be evaluated on their aptitude for counselling and readiness for training. Students participate in a practicum which involves clients from the community beginning the first semester of the program.
For this purpose, an applicant is required to submit a 20-minute video clearly demonstrating this capacity. You may either submit a video prepared for this admission requirement or one that has been completed as a requirement for a course in counselling skills.
The video must include:
- One-10 minute segment demonstrating your personal counselling skills. Your subject may be a supportive friend or role play (adults only). If the interview does involve personally sensitive information, please obtain written permission and submit with your application. PLUS...
- One-10 minute segment discussing your understanding of depression and the treatment of depression.
Online video submissions will not be accepted. Please mail your videos on a USB drive to the following address:
Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Road
You may be asked to attend a personal interview once all documents have been reviewed. Only qualified candidates will receive an invitation by email to participate in an in-person interview (or phone interview or Skype if distance is a problem) with the Admission Committee.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CREDENTIAL EVALUATION:
If you are an international student who has completed post-secondary studies outside of North America, you must submit a course-by-course degree evaluation of your transcript(s). Please see the international applicants webpage for a list of organizations that can provide an evaluation.
APPLICANTS WITH ENGLISH AS SECOND LANGUAGE:
Non-native English speakers must submit either a TOEFL of 105 or an academic IELTS score of 7.5 on all bands to the University. The TWU code for score is 0876.
SPECIAL CATEGORY: UNCLASSIFIED STUDENT
This special category permits a graduate student to take up to 4 MA-CPSY courses without formal admission to the program. However, an unclassified student may not enrol in Practicum, Internship or any advanced counselling skills course(s). You must provide an online application, references and transcripts to be considered for these course(s). While we do not require a video, we may request an interview. The student must obtain permission from both the Program Director and course instructor prior to enroling in the course(s).
You may be admitted if you have graduate credits or graduate degrees from other programs. You must provide evidence of equivalence, such as course syllabi.
Students wishing to transfer from other graduate programs must submit a letter from the dean or director of their previous program stating that they are in good academic standing and free from academic or disciplinary inquiry or action. Please have this document sent directly to Grad Admissions at 7600 Glover Rd., Langley, B.C. V2Y 1Y1.
The maximum transfer credits into the M.A. Counselling Psychology program is 30 semester hours. All petitions for transfer credits will be sent to the Program Director for approval.
The amount of transfer credit is determined on an individual basis by the Director. Courses with less than a B- in thesis work will not be considered for transfer credit.
Applicants, who already have M.A. degrees in psychology, and wish to acquire clinical skills, are encouraged to apply.
STAGE #1: APPLY
Applications and supporting documents are collected and assembled by the Graduate Admissions Office. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org at any time to request confirmation of receipt of documents.
STAGE #2: NOTIFY
Once sufficient supporting documents and video are received, your physical file is forwarded to the Counselling Psychology Program. Any questions regarding your completed application should be directed to Grad Admissions, at email@example.com. You'll be advised if further information or clarification is needed.
STAGE #3: INTERVIEW
Only qualified candidates will receive an invitation by email to participate in a on-campus, phone or SKYPE interview with the Admission Committee.
STAGE #4: DECISION
An offer of admission is sent by email followed by a hard copy of the letter to your mailing address. To confirm your acceptance, you are asked to submit in writing your acceptance by email and pay your deposit to Enrolment Services.
STAGE #5: CONTACT
Information about Orientation and Practicum Assignments will follow by email in the following weeks after acceptance.