TWU and CPSY comply with all public health requirements pertaining to vaccine status. Currently, all students must provide proof of vaccine according to the current BC Public Health Orders definition and maintain this status, should the definition change. This is separate from the vaccine passport mandate. Until further notice, no students will be admitted to the Program if this requirement cannot be met.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

ADMISSION DEADLINES:

This fully in-person program has one intake each year for the Fall term. The deadline for all submissions is on or before January 31st. Applicants with a GPA of 3.8 & higher, who have completed all pre-requisite Undergrad Psych courses, and have exemplary related experience are encouraged to apply by December 1st.  

Applications should be submitted online with the video requirement (see below) submitted by the deadline date. All application items must be received by the deadline to be considered on time. It is strongly recommended that you start the application process well before the deadline to ensure adequate time to submit your documents and for your references to respond.

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.

GPA REQUIREMENT:

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:

All applicants are expected to demonstrate high academic competence and a serious commitment to pursue counselling as a profession, and must complete 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: Applicants must have successfully completed a course in basic counselling skills. Admitted applicants who have not taken a skills course may receive conditional acceptance pending successful completion of CPSY 490 offered by the CPSY program on the TWU campus each August. A professional review of your video submission also factors into the recommendation or requirement requiring further training before the start of the program.

RECOMMENDED COURSES:

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.

GRE REQUIREMENT:

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.

REFERENCE REQUIREMENT:

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 considered in the process of professional licensure. All information submitted in response to these questions is treated as confidential.

A copy for informational purposes can be found here.

VIDEO REQUIREMENT:

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 application is required to submit a 10-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.

After submitting the online application, your Graduate Enrolment Advisor will provide instructions on submitting your video.

INTERVIEW REQUIREMENT:

You may be asked to attend a group interview with other selected candidates once all documents have been reviewed. Only qualified candidates will receive an invitation by email to participate in an in-person or Zoom interview with the CPSY Admissions 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 academic IELTS scores of 7.5 on all bands, an iBT TOEFL of 105, or a DuoLingo score of 125 to the University. The TWU institution code for score submission 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).

TRANSFER STUDENTS:

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 22500 University Drive., 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.


APPLICATION PROCESS:

STAGE #1: APPLY

Applications and supporting documents are collected and assembled by the Graduate Admissions Office. You may contact gradadmissions@twu.ca 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 gradadmissions@twu.ca. 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 your acceptance by email to the CPSY Program 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.