Admissions Requirements

In making decisions for admission, Marymount University takes a holistic approach to application review.

Application Deadlines:
Priority Deadline: January 15th
Final Deadline: March 1st

Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Fall enrollment only
Pastoral Clinical mental Health Counseling - Fall enrollment only
School Counseling - Fall or Summer enrollment

Application Requirements:
  • Graduate Application
  • Official transcripts of all postsecondary education including evidence of bachelor’s degree; directly to Marymount University's Office of Graduate Enrollment Services, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22207, or via an online delivery system to
  • Professional résumé
  • Official GRE General Test scores (including the Analytical Writing score) - Institution Code is 5405
  • Two recommendations that speak directly to the applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills
  • Personal statement (minimum of 500 words) describing the applicant’s background and motivation for entering the field of study
Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Specialization/Forensic and Legal Psychology Dual Degree (M.A./M.A.) Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to this program, students are admitted to one program and must meet the application requirements for each program’s admissions requirements. Students who are admitted from the Forensic and Legal Psychology program can begin classes in the clinical mental health counseling program only after completing 18 Forensic and Legal Psychology program credits and must plan to begin classes in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program in the fall semester immediately following being accepted into the program. Student who are admitted from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program can begin classes in the Forensic and Legal Psychology program only after completing 40 Clinical Mental Health Counseling program credits.

Additional Requirements for International Students:

For university coursework completed outside the U.S., an official course-by-course evaluation of your transcript is required from an evaluation agency with NACES membership such as World Education Services, Inc. or Educational Credentials Evaluators.

Students for whom English is a second language must submit a recent official score from the TOEFL of 96, IELTS of 6.5, or PTE Academic exam of 58, or documentation of program completion at one of Marymount University’s language partners. For complete information about International Admissions Guidelines and language partner programs, please click here.      

For additional information about the application process, please visit Graduate Enrollment Services.

Enrollment Coordinator Contact Information:

Maxwell Simpson

Graduate Enrollment Coordinator
(703) 284-1505
Schedule an appointment with Maxwell

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