Criteria for Admission

Students have a choice of entry points based on their undergraduate or master’s degrees.  Admission to the CPCP is competitive, with many more applicants than the limited number of openings each year, so actual grades and scores needed for admission are typically somewhat higher than the minimums specified.

What are the criteria for admission through the Department of Psychology?

  • Hold a B.A. in psychology or 30 hours of psychology coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all undergraduate coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.25 or above on all psychology coursework. (Required)
  • Earned scores of 550 or above on the Verbal and Quantitative subtests of the GRE; the GRE subject test for psychology is optional. (Recommended)

What are the criteria for admission through the Department of Counseling?

  • Hold a master’s degree in counseling, guidance and counseling, psychology, school psychology, or a related field. (Required)
  • GPA of 2.75 or above on all undergraduate coursework or 3.0 or above on last 64 hours of undergraduate coursework. (Required)
  • GPA of 3.25 or above on all graduate coursework. (Required)
  • Combined Verbal-Quantitative score on the GRE of 1100 or above. (Recommended)
  • Earned score of 500 or above on both the Verbal and Quantitative subtests; the GRE subject test for psychology is optional. (Recommended)

Application Materials

What materials MUST be submitted for application?

The following application materials are needed for consideration for admission to the Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology regardless of the department of entry:

  • Graduate School Application, including a brief statement of professional goals and reasons for choosing the field of counseling psychology and the University of Akron.
  • Graduate School Application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from each institution attended.
  • Official reports of Graduate Record Examination General Test.  (GRE Subject Test for Psychology is optional.)
  • Vita outlining educational and professional experiences.
  • A minimum of three letters of reference attesting to success in the field and probable academic success at the doctoral level.

What is the DEADLINE for application?

To be considered for admission, all materials must be received by December 1.

Application Procedure

Submit all application materials to the University of Akron Graduate School. Applications via the University’s online portal are strongly encouraged by the University.

If it is not possible for you to submit materials online, hard copies of materials may be mailed to:

The Graduate School
Polsky Building, Room 469
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-2101

For further information about the application process, go to the Graduate School website

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