Admission to the Community Counseling Program

Missouri Valley College evaluates each candidate’s application for admission to the program individually, considering a variety of factors to ensure that a candidate is prepared to complete the graduate experience adequately. Admission to the graduate program is selective; however, it is flexible to the needs of working adults interested in attaining advanced training in the area of counseling. In addition to exploring a candidate’s overall academic history and record, the review/interview committee will assess professional/personal accomplishments, dedication and service to community, advocacy for human development, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Other personal factors may be reviewed, including personal maturity, communication skills, and dedication to the lifelong learning process of professional counseling.

Graduate Studies Admission 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 bachelor’s degree is in another closely related field, students must have completed the following undergraduate courses: General or Introduction to Psychology, Theory of Personality, Abnormal Psychology, History of Psychology, Research Design, and Physiological Psychology.
  • 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 applicant’s expense). Please contact the Admissions Office for details on completing the background check.

MACC Admissions Process

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for Summer & Fall terms: March 1*
  • Applications for Spring term: October 15*

*Note: Applications received after the deadline may be considered depending on the date all materials are recieved and whether space is available. When applicaitons are too late for consideration, such applications will be reviewed for the next entrance cycle.

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

  • An application for admission and the non-refundable $30 application fee
  • 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 one’s reasons for pursuing a Master of Arts in Community Counseling and one’s 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 candidate’s academic, personal, or professional integrity. (Online forms are available at
  • 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.)

The application process attempts to gather as much information as possible about a candidate’s readiness and overall fitness to excel at the graduate level. Upon submission of the required application materials, the graduate program will notify each applicant that the application is complete. The application will then be forwarded to the Program Director for review and distribution to other members of the Application Review Committee. Selected candidates will be contacted to complete an interview with the committee. Upon completion of the interview, a letter informing the candidate of acceptance or denial into the program will be issued. If accepted, the candidate must submit a “Letter of Intent” to enroll in the program within twenty-one days of receiving the acceptance letter. Failure to provide a “Letter of Intent” within the designated time period may result in withdrawing the offer letter provided by the program.