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Apply to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy (MA) Program

Thank you for considering William James College. Applicants are considered on their overall potential for successful performance in graduate level coursework as well as the potential “fit” with our programs and fields of study.

In the links below you will find application information to the MA in Counseling Psychology in Expressive Arts Therapy program. Transcripts and official test scores should be sent to the Admissions Office to arrive on or before the set deadline. All other materials must be supplied electronically through your online application account.

Pre-Requisites

Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Pre-Requisite Courses
Basic coursework or work with volunteer experience in psychology or education.

Academic achievement at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels (Although there is no cut-off GPA requirement, 3.0 (of 4.0) is expected).

How to Apply

Apply Online. Use this link to fill out and submit your application online.

With the exception of transcripts and standardized test score reports all materials should be submitted through your online application account.

  • Transcripts should arrive directly to our Admissions Office from the issuing Registrar Office.
  • Standardized test score reports must be ordered to be sent directly to our Admissions Office. 

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline.

International Applicants

An international applicant, that is, neither a citizen nor a permanent resident of the U.S., must meet our regular admission requirements, as well as those listed below.

If written in a foreign language, all transcripts and other documents must be accompanied by an official English translation and certification of equivalency to the American education system. Bachelor degrees that are three years in length will not be recognized as equivalent to a U.S. four-year bachelor degree by William James College. You can have both, the translation and equivalence certified by the World Education Service (WES). For detailed information visit www.wes.org.

Applicants who are non-native speakers of English and have not taken the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please note: the GRE is required of all applicants to the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology PsyD Program. Applicants to other programs are encouraged to submit GRE scores to enhance their application.

Upon acceptance to the program, international students will be sent a Foreign Student Certification of Finances (FSCF) form which must be submitted by every student who does not hold a permanent resident (immigrant) visa in the United States. Since international students are ineligible to borrow Federal student aid, and private loans may be difficult to obtain, the FSCF is required to confirm that all of the necessary financial supports are secured for the duration of study, and to issue the INS I-20 form. International applicants must plan and secure funding sources for the length of their stay in the U.S. before applying. This includes living expenses, health insurance and travel. Once enrolled, there are no opportunities to earn income through employment in or outside campus .

International applicants must provide a copy of their visa before beginning the program.

Application Materials
  • $60.00 Application Fee (non-refundable), $75.00 if applying to two programs.On the electronic application it is paid online before submission.
  • Completed application form
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Application Essay
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Test Scores—The GRE General Test is required for PsyD in Clinical Psychology. The test is optional for Master's programs, the PsyD in School Psychology and the PsyD in Leadership Psychology. The PRAXIS II Test for School Psychologists is optional for the School Psychology PsyD Program. Please note: While the GRE is optional for the PsyD in School Psychology, it is strongly recommended.
  • Re-Application Statement*
  • Change of Career Statement*
    *if applicable, see appropriate section below.

Please begin the process early as we will consider only those completed applications which arrive on or before the deadline. If you have questions or concerns about the electronic application process, please contact the Admissions office at admissions@williamjames.edu or 617-327-6777 x1506 or x1507. Thank you.

Deadlines for Admissions

Application Deadlines
Early Consideration: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
General Consideration: Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Late ConsiderationApplications will be considered on a space available basis.

Interviews
Early Consideration

  • Friday, January 30, 2015
  • Saturday, January 31, 2015

General Consideration

  • Friday, February 27, 2015
  • Saturday, February 28, 2015
  • Friday, March 13, 2015
  • Saturday, March 14, 2015

Late Consideration: TBD

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Recommendations

Letter(s) of recommendation are required from people who are able to attest to your personal qualities, such as: professional; academic; intellectual; motivational; interpersonal; and emotional. References should not be provided by family members, friends, or others who don't know you in either a professional or academic context.

The electronic recommendation form is required and although a supplemental letter is optional it is strongly recommended. Both, the recommendation form and letter must be submitted electronically through your online application account.

Curriculum Vitae
Please attach a current CV or résumé which includes the following: educational background; current activity; length and description of employment and/or training experiences; hours per week at each job or training site; names of supervisors at each facility; workshops and seminars attended; and any other professionally-related material (e.g., presentations, publications, etc.). You may also include any extracurricular activities or interests that you deem relevant.
Application Essay

When composing your essay, please use a traditional font, one-inch margins and double line spacing on a letter size document.

TIP: When applying to two programs, be sure to sufficiently address your interest in both programs when composing your Application Essay.

Please provide a 4-6 page personal narrative that thoroughly includes these items: 

  • Your academic background and career interests.Previous personal, relational, and professional experiences related to your career pursuits.
  • How self-awareness and self-reflection contribute to developing your professional role.
  • How you navigate challenges and overcome obstacles.
  • Abilities as they relate to the professional training that you seek at William James College.
  • How you anticipate our program will meet your learning goals and advance your career path.
  • What you will offer our community.
  • Major strengths and weaknesses in your application to the program.
  • Commitments to volunteerism or community service.
Official Transcripts

Please request an official academic transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you have attended. Transcripts should be sent directly to William James College from the issuing registrar's office. We recommend that you request these documents as soon as you decide to apply for admission and to allow at least ten business days for the issuing registrar to process your request. If you have completed a semester abroad and these corresponding courses do not appear on your home institution's transcript with a letter grade, then you must provide a separate transcript for this period of study.

All transcripts must be addressed to:

William James College
Office of Admissions
One Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459

To arrive at William James College on or before the set deadline. Post marked on the deadline date is not acceptable.

All applicants who have attended a non-US institution of higher learning must provide an official translation and equivalency to US Higher Education of their academic record. William James College recommends that applicants contact World Education Services to request this service. For more information, please visit www.wes.org.

Test Scores

The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants to the Clinical PsyD program. Applicants to other programs are encouraged to submit GRE scores to enhance their application. The psychology subject test is optional. William James College's school code/reporting number is 3501.

GRE results ( verbal and quantitative) are expected to be at least 1150 combined (or a comparable score of approximately 305 on the "REVISED" GRE). Score level for the Analytical Writing section is expected to be 4.0 or higher. Non-native speakers of English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL results ( listening, structure and writing expression, speaking and reading) combined scores are expected to be at least 637 ( paper-based), 270 ( computer-based) or 110 ( internet-based).

The psychology subject test is optional. If English is not the primary language contact the Admissions Office if you are unsure about which test to take). GRE test scores are valid for five years, and TOEFL test scores are valid for two years from the test date.

For information regarding the GRE (William James College reporting number 3501), please call Educational Testing Services at (609) 771-7670, or visit www.gre.org.

For information regarding the TOEFL (reporting number 3501), call (609) 771-7100, or visit www.toefl.org.

The PRAXIS II Test for School Psychologists is optional for the Doctor of Psychology in School Psychology PsyD Program. William James College Recipient Code Number is 3520 and the score recipient’s name is Dr. Bob Lichtenstein, Head, School Psychology Department. Please be aware that the ETS only keeps PRAXIS test scores taken over the last 10 years.  

For information on the PRAXIS test or to have your scores sent to us visit www.ets.org/praxis.

Re-Applicants

A supplemental statement is required of all applicants who have previously applied for admission to a program. Your statement should reference the date of your prior application and the program to which you applied, as well as the circumstances that contributed to your decision to re-apply. You should also describe your personal and professional interim experiences that occurred following your past application. 

Previous admission files are kept on hand for a period of two years. Reapplicants may utilize any, or all, of the original application. However, we strongly recommend that you take the time to strengthen your original application, update your statements and recommendations whenever possible.

Change of Career

This section applies to those applicants who have made a decision to change careers.

Please attach a statement regarding your decision to change careers. Describe the evolution of this career change and discuss the ways in which the experiences you have had and skills required by your previous career might relate to your graduate training at William James College.

Applying Concurrently to Mulitple Programs

If applying to more than one program, the online application affords the option to select an additional program. Please note: this online application and all application materials must be received on or before the earliest application deadline date. The application review process for each program is separate, including the interview. If you are a distant out-of-state applicant, you may inquire about arranging both interviews on the same day.

Please take note of the following when applying to more than one program:

  • The application fee if applying to more than one program is $75.
  • Your Application Essay should include every program to which you are applying.

If you are offered and accept admission to another program, your  application to this program will be considered withdrawn. Similarly, if you accept the offer of admission to this program, your application to any other program is withdrawn.

Selection of Candidates

Completed application packets are thoroughly reviewed by members of the faculty. Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview. Applicants who are not in our general geographic area may opt to schedule a telephone interview. 

Each component of the application is an important part of the process. Although cutoff scores are not strictly applied, an undergraduate and/or graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is expected. 

Applicants are welcome to submit GRE scores in order to present another indication of their strengths and abilities although the GRE is not required. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to provide evidence of their level of English as it is spoken and written in North America. TOEFL results (listening, structure and writing expression, speaking and reading) combined scores are expected to be at least 637 (paper-based), 270 (computer-based) or 110 (internet-based).

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