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Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling 
Application Requirements

Grounded in the cognitive behavioral tradition, our MS in Mental Health Counseling program trains highly skilled, compassionate counselors to provide empirically-based, active-focused and collaborative treatment.

This program is offered at the Philadelphia campus only. Courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends, and the program takes two years to complete. The program may also be completed on a part-time basis.

Mental Health Counseling Program Quick Facts
Duration 2 years, full-time (part-time available)
Credits 60
Location PCOM
Start Term Fall (August)

Admission Requirements

MS in Mental Health Counseling admission requirements

Applicants to the MS in Mental Health Counseling program must have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology, counseling, education, social work or nursing from a regionally accredited institution.

Bachelor's degrees in other specialty areas will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

GPA requirement

Mental Health Counseling applicants must have a 3.0 GPA (B average) or better.

Coursework requirements

In order to ensure that program courses are taught at the highest possible level, applicants without a major or minor in psychology must have completed, prior to admission, at a bachelor's level or above, the following courses:

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research/Statistics
  • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology

Application Process

When is the deadline to apply?

This academic program operates on a rolling admissions basis. The application closes on August 4 but an early application is highly recommended.

How to apply

Prospective students may submit their application through PCOM's online application management system. Additional details, including application availability and instructions, are available at

Next steps

Once your application has been submitted, you will be contacted via email with a confirmation of its receipt including reminders of the appropriate steps to complete the application process.

Note that there is no institutional application fee to PCOM.

Where do I send my college transcripts?

Official college transcripts from all colleges/universities/schools attended must be sent directly to:

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Office of Admissions
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131

We will accept electronic transcripts via mail, eScript and/or Parchment Services and National Student Clearinghouse.

Where do I send my letters of recommendation?

Letters of Recommendation can be submitted through PCOM's application portal or sent directly to PCOM Admissions in .pdf format to

Additional application requirements

Your application will be processed and assessed by the Faculty Committee on Admissions only after the receipt of:

  • Three letters of recommendation (one faculty letter of recommendation is strongly recommended).
  • A resume.
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) should be uploaded to your PCOM application portal.
  • Writing sample (preferably graded)

Admissions Process

What happens after I apply to the Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program?

This program utilizes a rolling admissions policy, so applications will be considered throughout the year as they are received. Students will be accepted into the program until a class size of approximately 35 students is reached. Classes begin in the fall term (early August).

The Admissions Committee screens applications, invites some applicants for an interview and writing sample, evaluates the applicants and selects new students. Following the completion of the admission process, each applicant will be notified of the Admission's Committee decision in writing, including any conditions that must be satisfied prior to or following enrollment.

Due to COVID-19, we will conduct online interviews with applicants.

As an applicant to PCOM's Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling, you are responsible for ensuring that all admissions materials are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner.

Background check requirement

In an effort to foster the safety and well-being of the entire campus community, as well as to ensure that students accepted to PCOM will be permitted to perform clerkships/internships required to successfully complete their degree requirements, PCOM requires all first year students to complete a criminal background check prior to matriculation. All students must have their criminal background checks processed through a PCOM vendor of choice. The Admissions Office will send notification of the process after confirmation of enrollment and must have this information on file prior to orientation; students will not be allowed to start classes without this information.

Prior to enrollment, all candidates are required to complete the College's Technical Standards for Admission and Matriculation (PDF).

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