University of the Rockies Catalog - Admission Policies and Requirements

University of the Rockies Catalog - Admission Policies and Requirements

Section Five: Admission Policies and Requirements

This section covers the admission policies and requirements for students who are admitted to a degree program at University of the Rockies.

 


Application Submission

Admission materials may be completed online on the University of the Rockies website at www.rockies.edu. For additional information, contact the University of the Rockies Admissions Office by writing to 1201 16h St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80202, by emailing admissions@rockies.edu, or by calling, toll-free (855) 531-4705 for ground programs or (866) 621-0124 for online programs.

 

For a list of information and forms required, please see the Admission Requirements for the degree program of interest in this section of the Catalog.

 

Transcript Requests

The Registrar’s Office will manage the request of all transcripts for students who have signed a Transcript Request form as a part of the application process.

 


General Admission Requirements

Self-Disclosure Policy

University of the Rockies has determined that some self-disclosure of personal information in classroom and supervision settings may at times be required of students. Students should take this into consideration before applying to University of the Rockies.

 

English Language Requirement

Applicants must have the ability to study, read, and write in English indicated by one of the following:

  

  • Received a recognized high school diploma, GED, or college/university degree equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English; 
  • Earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or other post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college/university in the United States in which the primary language of instruction was English; or 
  • Earned a minimum of 30 college-level credits from a degree-seeking program at a college/university recognized by a University-approved evaluation service as equivalent to a regionally accredited college/university in a country where English is the official language. 

Students not satisfying one of the listed requirements must provide the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination taken within the past two (2) years. A minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 Internet-based is required. An unofficial copy of scores must be submitted prior to provisional admission; official scores must be submitted prior to full admission. The University’s TOEFL school code is 4175.

 

Any student who studied in a United States territory or commonwealth may be required to satisfy the English Language Requirement by providing successful results from the TOEFL.

 

Criminal Disciplinary Disclaimer

All members of the University of the Rockies community are entitled to work and study in an environment safe from foreseeable harm. Identification of histories of violence reduces the possibility of future criminal acts on or around the University’s communities. Consequently, University of the Rockies requires all ground applicants and online Doctoral applicants wishing to enroll to answer questions regarding criminal and disciplinary histories as a condition of admission. Applicants may also be required to submit to a third party criminal background check prior to admission. University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any student at its discretion.

 

Admission Disclaimer

University of the Rockies reserves the right to deny admission or readmission to any applicant. University of the Rockies recognizes the importance of protecting student privacy and reserves the right to request documentation to establish or verify any student’s identity at any time, for administrative or compliance purposes. Students are expected to provide such documentation, and failure to do so may be considered a violation of the Student Community Standards. The University may deny or rescind admission to any student for failure to authenticate his or her identity.

 


Background Check Consent Policy

Prospective Mental Healthcare Specialization licensure students must sign the appropriate consent(s) for a background check at the time of application. The consent form permits the University to conduct a background check at the time of application and at any point after the student’s enrollment in the program. A copy of the signed consent(s) will be maintained in the permanent student record.

 

Refusal to Submit to a Background Check Policy
Refusal to request the criminal background check or falsification of information regarding the background check will preclude the student from enrollment, matriculation, continued training, or graduation, if applicable.

 


Technology Competencies and Requirements

It is our intent to assist students and to prepare them for their coursework at University of the Rockies. Therefore, technology competencies and requirements have been established. These requirements are in effect for all University of the Rockies applicants and existing students and may be updated at any time.

 

Students must possess the following online competencies:

 

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Web;
  • Ability to correspond with University staff, students, and faculty using email and the Web; and
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free.

 

Students must have a computer with the following minimum features and system configurations:

 

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or greater or Windows XP or greater;
  • Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, DVD player and 1 Gb free disk space, soundcard and speakers;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel 2003 or greater; Adobe Reader 8 or greater; Adobe Flash 10 or greater (Course Digital Materials Users) ; Sun’s Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5 or Java 1.6); Microsoft JVM (Windows XP SP1 only);
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or greater, Internet Explorer 8.0 or greater, Safari 4.0 or greater, or Chrome;
  • Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or cable modem; and
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

 

The following are recommended for optimal performance:

 

  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 or greater;
  • Networking: Broadband internet connection (DSL, Cable, or other).

 

Please note students may be required to download standard software readers for electronic document sharing in a course. Certain courses require the use of a microphone to record sound files or access to a scanner for document submission. Instructors may conduct optional tutoring sessions where student use of a webcam would optimize the learning experience.

 

Additional Technology Requirements for Class Live Pro v9.6

Students must have a computer with the following minimum features and system configurations to use Class Live Pro:

 

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.5 or greater or Windows XP or greater;
  • Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, DVD player, and 1 Gb free disk space;
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat;
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.5 or higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, or Safari 4.0 or higher;
  • Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or cable modem; and
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

 


Conditional Admission Requirements

Students seeking admission to Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs at the Denver Instructional Site may apply for conditional admission if they have not earned the prerequisite degree required for admission, but will have the prerequisite degree conferred prior to their start date. All other admissions criteria must be met in order to be considered for conditional admission. Applicants with a conditional admission status cannot be scheduled for class until they have provided acceptable documentation such as an unofficial or official transcript indicating conferral of the degree required for admission and met all requirements of provisional admission.

 

For conditional admission, applicants must provide the Admissions Office with the following documentation:

 

  • Application for Admission;
  • Unofficial transcript of current program credits (official transcripts indicating degree conferral are required to meet full admission requirements);
  • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned, if applicable; and
  • Unofficial or official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

 

In addition to the previously mentioned requirements, conditional admission for the Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization also requires the following documentation:

 

  • A three (3) to five (5) page autobiography covering personal and professional goals, academic and professional experience, personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student, and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
  • Three letters of recommendation on University of the Rockies’ Applicant Recommendation form. (Letters must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s academic ability, work ability, integrity, and potential as a professional psychologist);
  • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
  • Miller’s Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results; and
  • Completion of the interview process.

 

Conditionally admitted students must provide documentation of their degree conferment and meet all requirements for provisional admission in order to become a provisionally admitted student. Students will be subject to the policies and procedures of the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of provisional admission. University of the Rockies reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time.

 


Non-Degree Seeking Student Admission Requirements

Students who wish to take a limited number of courses as a non-degree seeking student must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or for Doctoral-level courses, hold a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Please see additional policies for non-degree seeking students under Non-Degree Seeking Students in the General Academic Policies and Information section in this Catalog.

 

Admission Materials

An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for admission:

 

  • Application for Admission;
  • Unofficial or official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution granting either a:

        a) Bachelor’s degree and any graduate schools attended (for Master’s-level courses); or

        b) Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned (for Doctoral-level courses);

    • Satisfy all prerequisite courses or degree(s) required for admission to the University of the Rockies degree program in which the courses are offered; and
    • Unofficial or official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

     

    In addition to the previously mentioned requirements, non-degree seeking students who wish to take CSL prefix coursework offered in the Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization also require:

     

     


    Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to a Graduate Certificate program must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or hold a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Unofficial or official transcripts from institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and any graduate schools attended;
    • Satisfy all prerequisite courses or degree(s) required for admission to the University of the Rockies degree program in which the courses are offered; and
    • Unofficial or official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

     


    Master of Arts Admission Requirements (Excluding Master of Arts in Counseling)

    Students seeking admission to Master of Arts degree programs (excluding Master of Arts in Counseling) must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree earned with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Official transcripts from institution granting the Bachelor’s degree and any graduate schools attended; and
    • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    Students are provisionally admitted to Master of Arts degree programs when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, including an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of either the first term of enrollment for non-standard term students or the third attempted course for non-term students.

     

    Full Admission Status Requirements

    The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term of enrollment for non-standard term students or the third completed course for non-term students. To continue, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

     

    • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the baccalaureate degree indicating a minimum GPA of 2.0 or a regionally accredited institution awarding a Master’s degree or higher.
    • Submission of official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned unless the student chooses to relinquish graduate credits that are unavailable for submission.

     

    Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first payment period.

     

    (a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or who have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

    (b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework.

     

    At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

     


    Master of Arts in Counseling Admission Requirements

    Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling & Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specializations

     

    Students seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling program with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a Master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. Students entering with a Bachelor’s degree earned with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

     

    It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

     

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Personality Theory
    • Human Development
    • Tests and Measures
    • Psychology of Learning

     

    Students may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in their desired program. Students who choose to enroll in their desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

     

    Applicants must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. Candidates must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

     

    Applicants must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

     

    The Admissions Task Force considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The admission’s decision, upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

     

    Students who have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university may transfer up to 9 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog.

     

    Students earning a Master of Arts in Counseling degree with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling will have acquired a minimum of 700 hours of supervised counseling experience in Practica and Internship, and are required to obtain 20 hours of personal therapy.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, or graduate schools attended;
    • A three to five page autobiography. The autobiography should address personal and professional goals; academic and professional experience; personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student; and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
    • Three letters of recommendation on the Applicant Recommendation form. (Letters must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s academic ability, work ability, integrity, and potential as a professional psychologist);
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that have been completed within five years of the application;
    • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
    • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable; and
    • Completion of the interview process.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    Students are provisionally admitted to a Master of Arts in Counseling program when they submit a completed application indicating they meet admission requirements outlined previously and provide the following: unofficial transcripts from all degree-conferring institutions, autobiography, three recommendation letters, MAT or GRE results, consent to a criminal background check, an indication of satisfying the English language requirement, and completion of the interview process. In order to waive introductory course requirements on the basis of coursework taken at an institution that did not confer a degree, an unofficial transcript showing the coursework completed must be submitted along with the completed application.

     

    Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the end of the first term.

     

    Full Admission Status Requirements

    The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term at University of the Rockies. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

     

    • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Submission of official TOEFL results, if applicable.

     

    Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first term.

     

    (a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

    (b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework.

     

    At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

     


    Appeal of Dismissal Following Academic Watch (Master of Arts Programs)

    A student who has been dismissed for not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements following Academic Watch may appeal for readmission. Appeals must be submitted to Academic.Progress@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

     

    Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

     

    • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
    • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
    • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

     

    The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission. However, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

     

    Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in the Academic Policies: Non-Standard Term Format or Academic Policies: Non-Term Format sections to review all related satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

     


    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

     

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Education

    Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education, early childhood education, educational leadership, teaching, or a related field, are required to successfully complete EDU 5005 Survey of Education (3 credits) as part of the program. This course is designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Students may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirement if they have previous coursework or experience in education, early childhood education, educational leadership, teaching, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of education. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. Those students not required to take the introductory course at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of education.

     

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Services

    Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in human services, human performance technology, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field, are required to successfully complete HUM 5005 Foundations of Human Services Policy and Practice (3 credits) as part of the program. This course is designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Students may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirement if they have previous coursework or experience in human services, human performance technology, human resource development, organizational leadership, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of human services. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. Those students not required to take the introductory course at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of human services.

     

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Organizational Development and Leadership

    Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field, are required to successfully complete ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I (3 credits) and ORG 5022 Survey of Psychology of Leadership II (3 credits) as part of the program. These courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Students may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirements if they have previous coursework or experience in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean. Those students not required to take the introductory courses at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Official transcripts from institution granting the Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned; and
    • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    Students are provisionally admitted to a PhD program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, unofficial transcripts from any schools where a graduate degree was conferred, and an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. In order to waive introductory course requirements on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree, an unofficial transcript showing the Bachelor’s degree awarded must be submitted along with the completed application. Coursework or experience will be evaluated per the degree-specific Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Admission Requirements listed previously in this section.

     

    Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of the third attempted course.

     

    Full Admission Status Requirements

    The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the third attempted University of the Rockies course. To begin the fourth course, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

     

    • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the Master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0 or an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution that awarded a Doctoral degree; and
    • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned or a signed Authorization to Close form indicating relinquishment of potential transfer credits for any official transcripts the student is unable to provide.

     


    Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Admission Requirements (Excluding PsyD, Clinical Specialization)

    Students seeking admission to the PsyD program (excluding Clinical specialization) must hold a Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

     

    Students entering the program who do not hold a Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field are required to successfully complete the following survey courses as a part of the program:

     

    Doctor of Psychology, Sport and Performance Psychology Specialization - PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I (3 credits) and PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II (3 credits); or

     

    Doctor of Psychology, all other specializations in the School of Organizational Leadership - ORG 5020 Survey of Psychology of Leadership I (3 credits) and ORG 5022 Survey of Psychology of Leadership II (3 credits).

     

    These courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Students may appeal to the Registrar’s Office to be waived from the introductory course requirements if they have previous coursework or experience in non-clinical psychology, human performance technology, training and development, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field that satisfies the foundational academic material from the field of psychology. The appeal will be evaluated by the University Registrar or designee and the School Dean Those students not required to take the introductory courses at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of psychology.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Official transcripts from institution granting the Master’s degree and any schools where post-Master’s degree credit was earned; and
    • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    Students are provisionally admitted to a PsyD program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously, unofficial transcripts from any schools where a graduate degree was conferred, and an indication of satisfying the English language requirement. In order to waive introductory course requirements on the basis of a Bachelor’s degree, an unofficial transcript showing the Bachelor’s degree awarded must be submitted along with the completed application. Coursework or experience will be evaluated per the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Admission Requirements listed previously in this section.

     

    Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the conclusion of either the first term of enrollment for non-standard term students or the third attempted course for non-term students.

     

    Full Admission Status Requirements

    The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the third attempted University of the Rockies course. To begin the fourth course, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

     

    • Submission of an official transcript from the regionally accredited institution that awarded the Master’s degree indicating a minimum GPA of 3.0; and
    • Official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned or a signed Authorization to Close form indicating relinquishment of potential transfer credits for any official transcripts the student is unable to provide.

     


    Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization Admission Requirements

    Students seeking admission to the PsyD, Clinical Specialization must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or an equivalent international degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students entering with a grade point average of 2.00 to 2.99 will be placed on Academic Watch.

     

    It is required that all applicants have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology or a related field. Undergraduate coursework with grades of “C” or higher or graduate coursework with grades of “B” or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning that encompasses the following areas may also satisfy this requirement:

     

    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics
    • Personality Theory
    • Human Development
    • Tests and Measures
    • Psychology of Learning

     

    Students may choose to remediate deficiencies by enrolling in coursework as a non-degree seeking student prior to enrolling in their desired program. Students who choose to enroll in their desired program prior to remediating these deficiencies will be required to take PSY 5001 Survey of Psychology I and/or PSY 5002 Survey of Psychology II. Credits earned will be in addition to published program requirements.

     

    Applicants must submit test results of the MAT or GRE, which have been completed within five years of application. Candidates must arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or the GRE be the sole reason for a candidate not being selected for admission.

     

    Applicants must consent to a criminal background check that informs the University that the candidate has had no felonies or misdemeanors that would preclude insurability, licensure as a psychotherapist, or working at the Rockies Counseling Center. Colorado may not license mental health providers who have had a felony conviction or who have had a court accept a nolo contendere plea to a felony if the felony is related to the ability to practice psychotherapy.

     

    The Admissions Task Force considers the interview results and required application materials (e.g., transcripts, autobiography, letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE test results, etc.) in their totality for each applicant to the Mental Healthcare specializations. While the University has not established a minimum standard for the MAT or GRE, scores are considered in the admissions process and higher scores can result in more favorable consideration of the application. The decision of the Admissions Task Force upon deliberative review of each applicant’s file, is final.

     

    Students who have completed graduate-level coursework at another college or university may transfer up to 36 graduate-level semester hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education on a course-by-course basis. Please review the transfer credit policies for nontransferable courses and program requirements in the General Academic Policies and Information section of this Catalog.

     

    Students earning the PsyD, Clinical Specialization degree, will have acquired a minimum of 3,000 hours of supervised clinical psychotherapy experience in Clinical Practica and Pre-Doctoral Internship, and are required to obtain 30 hours of personal therapy.

     

    Students who enroll in a University of the Rockies Master of Arts program and desire to enter the University of the Rockies PsyD program must submit updated admission materials as required for the PsyD, Clinical Specialization to the Registrar’s Office after successful completion of at least the first year of the Master of Arts program and must complete an interview with an Interview Panel appointed by the Admissions Task Force. The Admissions Task Force may choose to waive the interview for a student on an individual basis. The Admissions Task Force will review the student’s records and the Interview Panel’s recommendations and make a final decision regarding admission to the PsyD program.

     

    Admission Materials

    An applicant must submit the following information and forms to be considered for full admission:

     

    • Application for Admission;
    • Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, or graduate schools attended;
    • A three to five page autobiography. The autobiography should cover personal and professional goals; academic and professional experience; personal qualities that will contribute to the candidate’s success as a graduate student; and why the candidate has chosen to apply to University of the Rockies and the desired program of study;
    • Three letters of recommendation on the Applicant Recommendation form. (Letters must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate’s academic ability, work ability, integrity, and potential as a professional psychologist);
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) that have been completed within five years of the application;
    • A criminal background check from www.validityacademics.com;
    • Official copies of TOEFL or transcripts to satisfy the English language requirement, if applicable; and
    • Completion of the interview process.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    Students are provisionally admitted to a PsyD, Clinical Specialization program when they submit a completed application indicating that they meet admission requirements outlined previously and provide the following: unofficial transcripts from all degree-conferring institutions, autobiography, three recommendation letters, MAT or GRE results, consent to a criminal background check, an indication of satisfying the English language requirement, and completion of the interview process. All materials are considered in the admissions process. In order to waive introductory course requirements on the basis of coursework taken at an institution that did not confer a degree, an unofficial transcript showing the coursework completed must be submitted along with the completed application.

     

    Students who then enroll in courses are considered regular students in their degree program. However, students who do not meet all documentation requirements for full admission are withdrawn from the program at the end of the first term.

     

    Full Admission Status Requirements

    The following provisions must be met prior to the conclusion of the first term at University of the Rockies. To begin the second term, students must meet all admissions requirements applicable to their program and must complete all requirements outlined in the following.

     

    • Submission of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
    • Submission of official TOEFL results, if applicable.

     

    Students entering with a cumulative GPA of less than 3.0 through (a) or (b) below but above a 2.0 are admitted on Academic Watch and are required to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and successfully complete 67% of credits attempted in their first term.

     

    (a) Students with a Bachelor’s degree only or have fewer than 12 credits of graduate-level coursework will have their GPA calculated for only the Bachelor’s degree.

    (b) Students who have completed 12 credits or more of graduate-level coursework and do not have a 3.0 undergraduate cumulative GPA may have their GPA calculated on the basis of their graduate coursework at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.

     

    At the conclusion of Academic Watch, any student who does not meet the previously mentioned requirements will be dismissed from the University.

     


    Appeal of Dismissal Following Academic Watch (PsyD, Clinical Specialization Program)

    A student who has been dismissed for not meeting satisfactory academic progress requirements following Academic Watch may appeal for readmission. Appeals must be submitted to Academic.Progress@rockies.edu and will be evaluated by an Appeal Committee made up of the University Registrar or his or her designee and the appropriate school Dean or his or her designee who has oversight in the student’s program of study. The decision of the Committee will be communicated in writing to the student by the Registrar’s Office.

     

    Additionally, the student’s appeal letter must include:

     

    • a reasonable explanation for the student’s academic performance to date, which includes mitigating circumstances such as student injury/illness, death of a student’s family member, or other reasons resulting in undue hardship to the student;
    • reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate-level credits during the period of absence; and
    • a plan for completion of the coursework required to meet satisfactory academic progress during the following payment period.

     

    The passage of time does not substantiate eligibility for readmission or appeal for readmission. However, students who have experienced mitigating circumstances and have been dismissed from the University for failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements and have been denied readmission after an appeal, may submit another appeal to be readmitted after one or more years have elapsed since their last appeal. The appeal must meet the previously mentioned criteria and the student must present reasonable evidence that they have the ability to succeed in an academic program due to changed circumstances, experience, and/or successful completion of graduate level credits since the last appeal was submitted.

     

    Please refer to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements in the Academic Policies: Non-Standard Term Format section to review all related satisfactory academic progress guidelines.

     


    Additional Admission Requirements for Applicants with International Credentials

    The following requirements are applicable to applicants relying on academic credentials earned outside the United States for admission to the programs offered on campus in Colorado Springs.

     

    Provisional Admission Status Requirements

    In addition to the requirements for provisional admission outlined in the admission policy for graduate programs, copies of documentation indicating that the student meets the following admission requirements are required for provisional admission:

     

    1. Submit copies of an official evaluation from an approved evaluation service indicating that the student has met the following requirements:

     

    • The equivalent of a regionally accredited Master’s degree from the United States for Doctoral program applicants.
    • The equivalent of a regionally accredited Bachelor’s degree from the United States for Master’s program and PsyD, Clinical Specialization program applicants.
    • For applicants to a Master’s program, the requirement for official evaluation of the Bachelor’s degree may be waived when a Master’s degree has been earned at an appropriately accredited university in the United States.

     

    2. All academic records from countries other than the United States must have been evaluated by one of the following evaluation services:

     

    • Educational Credentials Evaluators, Inc. (ECE); or
    • World Education Services (WES).

     

    Note: Students who have already had their international credentials evaluated prior to making application to the University may petition the University Registrar or designee for acceptance of evaluations from other credible agencies. All evaluations should include a thorough course-by-course evaluation, accreditation equivalency, cumulative GPA, and list the language of instruction.

     

    If the credential is earned outside the United States, but holds a regional accreditation by an accepted regional accrediting body inside the United States it may be evaluated without a foreign credential evaluation if the official transcript is in English. A copy of the unofficial transcript is required for provisional admission and an official transcript is required for full admission. The student must provide a copy of the unofficial transcript with the application and request the official transcript for full admission.

     


    Additional Admission Requirements for Non-Immigrant Applicants

    University of the Rockies is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students in approved programs offered in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Applicants seeking to enroll in valid student non-immigrant status must meet all admissions requirements stipulated for all students and must additionally submit each of the following items:

     

    • A completed and signed Statement of Financial Support;
    • Official financial statements. Financial statements (typically provided by a bank) must verify sufficient funds to cover the cost of the educational program as well as all living expenses;
    • A photocopy of the student’s passport to provide proof of birth date and citizenship. Students outside the United States who have not yet acquired a passport will need to submit a copy of their birth certificates;
    • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application: a photocopy of the visa page contained within the student’s passport as well as a photocopy of the student’s I/94 arrival departure record (both sides);
    • For all non-immigrant applicants residing in the United States at the time of application in either F, M, or J non-immigrant classification: written confirmation of non-immigrant status at previous school attended before transferring to the University.

     

    If an applicant seeking to enroll in valid student non-immigrant status is transferring from a college or university in the United States, the International Student Transfer Clearance form is also required. If the applicant is accepted, he or she will be sent additional information regarding the student visa application process.

     

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