General Requirements

General Admission Requirements for Non-Standard Term Format

Non-Standard Term Format
The Master of Arts in Counseling program, the Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization program and all programs offered in Denver operate in a “non-standard term” format.  In the non-standard term format, students typically take 2 classes at a time.  Each term is nine weeks in length.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program (excluding PsyD, Clinical Specialization)
If you seek admission to the Doctor of Psychology program, you must hold a Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a graduate level cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 or higher, or an earned Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization Program
If you seek admission to the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), Clinical Specialization program, you 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.

Master of Arts Programs
If you seek admission to a Master of Arts program, you 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 a Master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. If you enter with a grade point average of 2.0 to 2.99, you will be placed on first-term Academic Watch.

Graduate Certificate Program
If you seek admission to a Graduate Certificate program, you 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.

Conditional Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to Master of Arts or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs 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 admit 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:

  • Completed University of the Rockies Application for Admission form;
  • Unofficial transcript of current program credits (official transcripts indicating degree conferral are required to meet full admission requirements);
  • Submission of official transcripts from institutions where graduate credit was earned (if applicable); and
  • Documentation of the ability to study in English (see English Language Requirements for acceptable documentation).

In addition to the above requirements, conditional admission for the Master of Arts in Counseling with Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling specializations and PsyD, Clinical specialization also must provide the following documentation:

  • A 3-5 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 completed University of the Rockies recommendation forms;
  • Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) results; and
  • Completion of the interview process.

Conditionally admitted students must provide documentation of their degree conferment and meet all requirements for provisional admission prior to becoming 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.

Additional Mental Health Care Specializations Admission Requirements

These requirements are applicable to Master of Arts in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization or Mental Health Counseling Specialization and Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization only.

You are required to have completed an appropriate foundation in counseling or psychology, constituted by a Bachelor's or Master's degree with a major or minor 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

You may choose to remediate deficiencies prior to enrolling in the program. If you choose to enroll in the program prior to remediating these deficiencies, you 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.

You must submit the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results, which have been completed within five years of application. Please arrange to have the report sent to the University of the Rockies Admissions Office. In no case will the MAT or GRE be the sole reason for not being selected for admission.

You must consent to a criminal background check at www.validityacademics.com indicating that you have 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.

See the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog for additional information related to Admissions Requirements for Non-Standard Term programs.

Transfer Credits

You can transfer up to 9 semester hours into Master of Arts programs; up to 12 semester hours into the post-master's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) non-licensure specializations; or up to 36 semester hours into the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization from regionally accredited institutions when that coursework matches University of the Rockies' curricular offerings.

University of the Rockies may accept non-traditional credit courses evaluated by American Council for Education (ACE) as a graduate-level equivalent on a course-by course basis. Students will be responsible for requesting military transcripts and/or ACE transcripts that may include graduate-level equivalent courses in order to be officially evaluated for course-specific transferability.

Only courses with a grade of "B" or above will be considered for transfer credit. Quarter credit hours will be converted to semester hours using the following formula: Quarter Credit Hours x 2/3 = Semester Credit Hours. The converted hours must be equivalent to at least 3 semester hours to be considered for applicability toward a University of the Rockies certificate or degree program. Except in the case of the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Specialization program, graduate courses cannot have been used to satisfy the requirements for a previous graduate degree, including University of the Rockies courses.

Applicable transfer credits will be applied to a student's record once all required transcripts have been received and the student has been fully admitted.

University of the Rockies reserves the right to determine the relevancy of the transfer course content based on institutional catalog course descriptions, course syllabi, program level, and/or other satisfactory documentation. The University may determine that a course cannot be transferred due to residency requirements, local laws, and/or program requirements. In addition, coursework completed more than 10 years prior to the date of admission is subject to review for currency and applicability to the current degree program. Please see the Course Descriptions section of the Academic Catalog for courses that cannot be transferred into University of the Rockies.

Please see the Additional Admission Requirements for Non-Immigrant Applicants section in the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog for additional information regarding transfer credits for non-immigrant students.

Articulation Agreements

University of the Rockies enters into articulation agreements with other schools in the spirit of cooperation and to mutually recognize each other as quality institutions of higher learning. The purpose of an articulation agreement is to enable students transferring to University of the Rockies to carry with them the credit they have already earned for as much relevant study as possible. Students who transfer under the terms and conditions of a valid articulation agreement are subject to the requirements outlined by the articulation agreement and the University of the Rockies Academic Catalog at the time the student is enrolled into his or her University of the Rockies program.

Contact the Admissions department for a list of schools with which University of the Rockies has established articulation agreements.

Personal Interviews

You may be invited to an interview conducted by members of the Admissions Committee. Interviews are required for students entering MA or PsyD programs who intend to obtain a degree that will prepare him or her for licensure as a mental health professional.

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