Graduate Admissions

How to Apply:

Master of Arts in Community Counseling

Along with your completed application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

Complete your online or paper application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. Or you can download one of our paper applications per location: Main Campus or Philadelphia Center.

If you would like an application mailed to you, please email or call the appropriate Graduate Coordinator at 1-888-ALVERNIA and choose: extension 6 for the Main Campus or extension 7 for the Philadelphia Center.

Order your official transcript(s). Official transcript(s) indicating that the applicant has earned an appropriate baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Transcripts from all institutions are required. Also, the following three undergraduate courses are required for acceptance: Introduction to Psychology, Statistics or Research, and Psychopathology. The courses must be completed prior to acceptance.

Three letters of recommendation. Letters are accepted from former professors, employers, or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences, or from religious or community leaders.

Personal Statement. One-page personal statement that summarizes the value of the program of graduate study for his/her personal and professional growth and development.

Scores from a graduate entrance exam. Scores submitted from a graduate entrance exam such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT).


Professional Resume.


Interview with the MACC program coordinator. After all the required application materials have been received, each applicant will be contacted to arrange for a personal interview.

Additional Evidence of potential for success. Items such as academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations. (not required, but encouraged)