Graduate Studies Admission requirements

School of Education Admissions Requirements

Teaching Credential

M.A. in Education

M.A. in
Teaching

PASC*

PASC/MA* Combo

App w/ fee

App w/ fee

App w/ fee

App w/ fee

App w/ fee

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

Statement of Purpose

2 professional references

2 professional references

2 professional references

2 professional references

2 professional references

Official
transcript

w/ BA posting

Official
transcript

w/ BA posting

Official
transcript

w/ BA posting

Official
transcript

w/ BA posting

Official
transcript

w/ BA posting

GPA 3.0 for
last 60 units

GPA 2.5 for
last 60 units

GPA 2.5 for
last 60 units

GPA 2.5 for
last 60 units

GPA 2.5 for
last 60 units

Proof of CBEST/CSET registration

N/A

N/A

Proof of CBEST
passing status

Proof of CBEST passing status

N/A

Professional
Essay

Professional
Essay

N/A

Professional
Essay

Interview w/
School of Ed

Interview w/ School of Ed

Interview w/
School of Ed

Interview w/
School of Ed

Interview w/
School of Ed

$100 Deposit

$100 Deposit

$100 Deposit

$100 Deposit

$100 Deposit

 

*PASC (Preliminary Administrative Services Credential)
*PASC/MA (Preliminary Administrative Services Credential/Master of Arts)

MACP Admissions Requirements

Applications from students from diverse backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged.

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in any field. Candidates must have a minimum 3.00 GPA for the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of course work.

Applicants, who do not have an undergraduate degree in psychology or a related field, must have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with a grade of C or better prior to being accepted into the Program: Introduction to Psychology, Theories of Personality or Theories of Counseling, Statistics, Research Methods, and Human Development. Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have graduated from a foreign institution, must have a written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version) or 79 (Internet version). 

Applicants must submit:

  • Online application at simpsonu.edu/gsapply
  • Three letters of recommendation written by someone professionally qualified to recommend for the field of counseling psychology/marriage and family therapy.
  • At least one letter must be from someone qualified to evaluate the applicant's academic and professional potential. Letters from friends or relatives will not be accepted.
  • Typed personal statement outlining career objectives, personal interest in the field of marriage and family therapy, rationale for choosing to attend Simpson University, how life experiences have influenced applicant's career choice, and additional thoughts the applicant deems important. 
  • A current resume
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the sending institution to the Office of Enrollment Services.
  • Applicants must have a personal interview with members of the Program Admissions Committee. Those who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must provide a valid student visa.
  • Proof of a baccalaureate degree in psychology or related discipline from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in your final 60 semester credits.
  • Please submit all admission material through the online application system or directly to the Admissions office at Simpson University

In addition, applicants who are recovering from an addiction to substances of any kind must have been clean and sober for one year prior to entering the program and for two years prior to engaging in Clinical Field Placement. An explanation of all relevant circumstances related to an applicant's addiction and recovery history must be included in the personal statement.  

After an applicant's file is complete, the Program Admissions Committee will review it and will extend an invitation to interview to those applicants who meet the minimum admissions requirements. Following the interview, all applicants whom the Program Admissions Committee deem as having the academic and personal potential for success in the program and in the profession, will be extended an invitation to enroll. All admissions decisions rest with the Program Admissions Committee. It is the policy of the program not to discuss admissions decisions with applicants.

Exceptions to the Minimum Grade Point Average
A limited number of applicants with a grade point average between 2.7 and 2.99 may be admitted to the program as provisional candidates at the discretion of the Program Admissions Committee. To be considered for provisional candidacy, applicants must demonstrate significant professional potential by submitting a statement of explanation, demonstrated career and/or professional accomplishments indicated in the personal statement and academic or professional letters of reference.

M.A. in Organizational Leadership Admissions Requirements

Our graduate admissions counselor is available to speak personally with people interested in applying to the program. The selection of candidates to the program is based on evidence of academic ability, interest in the field, emotional stability, maturity, integrity, and fit with the program. Applicants must meet the requirements outlined below.

  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 in your final 60 semester credits
  • Demonstrate interest in and commitment to the study of leadership
  • Show strong personal character

Applicants must submit the following online at simpsonu.edu/apply:

  • Application
  • Two references
  • Current résumé
  • 1500-word essay outlining your career objectives, personal interest in leadership studies, rationale for choosing to attend Simpson University, how life experiences have influenced your career choice, and any additional thoughts you deem important
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & universities