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Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology 
Application Requirements

Grounded in the cognitive behavioral tradition, our MS in counseling and psychology programs train highly skilled, compassionate counselors and psychotherapists to provide empirically-based, active-focused and collaborative treatment. PCOM offers two degree options:

The programs are 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.


Admission Requirements

MS in Counseling and Psychology admission requirements

Applicants to the MS programs in Mental Health Counseling and/or Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology 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 and/or Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology 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

How to apply to the Master's in Psychology program

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) participates in GradCAS, the centralized application service for graduate study in psychology.

Prospective graduate students may submit their application through a secure web server, GradCAS, which is similar to a "common app." In order to connect your general GradCAS application to PCOM, visit the ADD PROGRAM tab, search for Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Within the GradCAS application, candidates will be asked to indicate a primary program of interest: Mental Health Counseling or Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology. However, candidates will be considered for BOTH upon review by the faculty committee on admissions. Also, be sure you complete the fourth quadrant of PCOM custom questions and click SUBMIT when completed. Be advised that your full GradCAS application must be e-submitted, completed and verified to be considered for admission to PCOM.

Need help using GradCAS?

Instructions can be found on the GradCAS Applicant Help Center and the GradCAS Quick Start Guide. Additionally, you may contact GradCAS customer service.

Next steps

Once your application has been downloaded from GradCAS, 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 sent through the evaluator portal on GradCAS or 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 (if not already submitted through GradCAS).
  • A general autobiographical statement explaining your interest in this academic program as it relates to your career goals (in 500 words or less) sent via email to
  • Writing sample (preferably graded).

Admissions Process

What happens after I apply to the Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology 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 MS in Counseling and Psychology 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 only for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle at all PCOM locations.

As an applicant to PCOM's Master of Science program in Mental Health Counseling or Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology programs, 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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