Graduate Studies Admissions Requirements:

A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning with a major in Psychology or a closely related field. Note: If the bachelorís degree is in another closely related field, students must complete the following undergraduate courses: General or Introduction to Psychology, and two other Social Science courses. These must be completed prior to completing any MACC classes.

Minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.

For those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, no GRE is required. For those with less than a 3.0 GPA completing the GRE after August 2011, a combined (Verbal and Quantitative) GRE Revised General Test score of 290 is expected. On the previous GRE format (GRE tests taken before August 2011), a combined Verbal and Quantitative of 900 or higher is expected. For both GRE formats, an Analytical score of at least 4 is expected.

A background check (at the applicantís expense). Please contact the Admissions Office for details on completing the background check.

Students seeking admission to Graduate Studies must:

Submit the following materials directly to the Admissions Office by the application deadline:

  • · An application for admission and the non-refundable $30 application fee ($75 for International Students)
  • · An official transcript from all undergraduate work
  • · An official report of GRE scores for students who have a GPA below 3.0 (school code 6413)
  • · An updated resume
  • · A personal statement (2-3 typed pages) regarding your interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the helping profession. The personal statement, not to exceed three pages in length, should be composed in Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, with one-inch margins. The personal statement must address oneís reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and oneís professional goals following graduation.
  • · Three or more letters of professional recommendation. The letters of recommendation should be from former professors, supervisors, or other professionals familiar with the candidateís academic, personal, or professional integrity.
  • · After receipt of the above application materials, applicants will be selected for interviews. An interview is required of prospective students, preferably an on-campus interview.

(Note: Acceptance into the program will not be determined until all transcripts, GRE scores, and other application materials are received and the student has completed the other steps outlined below.)

Additional requirements for international students seeking admission to graduate studies:

  • · Official transcripts of all post-secondary work must be submitted to the Admissions Office and acceptance into the program will not be determined until all transcripts are received.
  • · All international transcripts must be submitted to and evaluated by World Education Services prior to admission.

Students With Disabilities

The College seeks to comply fully with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If a student has special needs as addressed by either of these acts, the student is to contact the campus ADA Coordinator, Debbie Coleman, Baity Hall, Room 206, phone: 660-831-4172, to set up an appointment. Failure to do so could result in a delay of accommodations. After the student presents documentation, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate the studentís special needs.

Transfer Credit

Students presently enrolled at Missouri Valley College may transfer up to nine credits from other colleges, but only courses with a grade of "B" or better will be accepted. If a student wishes to transfer credit from another institution, it will be up to the Program Director to determine whether it will meet the MVC requirements. If the course is one of the foundational courses, the student must demonstrate competency (>70%) by passing a written exam in order to receive credit. Students are strongly encouraged to complete all coursework through MVC. After admission, up to nine transfer credits may be permitted, pending the approval of the Program Director. No online courses will be accepted for transfer.