Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

NEWS BULLETIN:

The UHH Counseling Psychology MA Program will be undergoing a revision during the 2017-2018 academic year. The main part of the revision will be to implement distance education technologies to the courses in order to enable applicants who live in areas far from Hilo (e.g., Kailua-Kona) to enroll in our program without having to physically relocate to Hilo. This revision will go into effect with the cohort that will enter in Fall of 2018. For this reason, the program will not be accepting a new cohort for Fall of 2017.

For more information about our use of distance education technologies and its requirements, please click here.

Applicants who are interested in entering in Fall of 2018 may submit their applications by February 28, 2017 for early admission consideration. For those who will apply in 2018, the priority application deadline for Fall of 2018 is January 1, 2018 and final deadline is February 28, 2018.

 For more information, please contact Dr. Bryan Kim, Program Director, at bryankim@hawaii.edu.

 

Admissions

To be eligible for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, students must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution;
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 semester credits (or equivalent);
  • A strong background in psychology or a closely related field, with a minimum of 15 semester hours of course work in psychology, strongly recommended are an introductory or survey of psychology, statistical techniques, research methods, and at least two 300-level or higher psychology courses. For these 15 semester hours, similar courses in closely related fields of study may also be acceptable;
  • At least one 3-credit course in statistics and one 3-credit course in research methods from any discipline;
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Examination (General Test);
  • For International Applicants: A score of 550 (paper based) on the TOEFL (other equivalent TOEFL scores:  79 internet based and 213 computer based; the IELTS equivalent is 6.0.
Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Eligible applications are reviewed by the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee which uses multiple criteria for the assessment of applicants. Admission is selective and is based on the following five factors: (1) Undergraduate GPA (last 60 semester hours), (2) GRE Scores, (3) Letters of Recommendation, (4) Statement of Interest, and (5) Resume/Curriculum Vitae.  Priority will be given to students applying for full-time enrollment. Depending on program needs, a few outstanding applicants for part-time enrollment may be admitted.

Admission Policies and Procedures

Admission Policies and Procedures (updated March 2017)

Application Procedure

The program accepts applications to begin in the Summer. The Priority Application Deadline for each year is February 1 and the Final Application Deadline is February 28. This means that applications that are submitted by February 1 will be reviewed first. Any applications that are submitted after February 1 and before February 28 will be reviewed but considered on a space-available basis. Students who submit applications after the February 1 deadline may be ineligible for certain types of financial aid.

Complete applications that meet the minimum admission requirements will be forwarded to the Psychology Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee which will review each application. Admission decisions will be made by this committee and forwarded to the UH Hilo Graduate Office of Admissions.

The UH Hilo Graduate Office of Admissions receives applications and supporting documents and maintains the applications through final notification. In general, for applications received by the priority deadline of February 1, the Graduate Office of Admissions will notify each applicant of acceptance or rejection by March 15. Applicants who submit after February 1 may be informed of their acceptance after March 15. Applicants who are not admitted have until April 22 to appeal the decision.

Applicants must submit all of the following items:

  • UH Hilo Graduate Application
  • Application fee;
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended (must be received directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope if submitted with your application);
  • Personal statement about your background and future goals that would make you a good fit for our program. It would be helpful for you to include how you became interested in the field of mental health counseling and our program, any relevant experiences, and your short-term and long-term goals;
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae;
  • Three academic or professional recommendation letters. A sample recommendation form is available (scroll to the bottom). The recommendations should be sent directly to the UH Hilo Graduate Office of Admissions by the letter writers;
  • GRE General Test scores (sent to UH Hilo Graduate Office of Admissions directly by the testing service).

In addition, international applicants must submit the following items:

  • Supplementary Information Form for Foreign Students;
  • TOEFL scores (if English is not the applicant’s native language) (Equivalent TOEFL scores:  550 paper based, 79 internet based, and 213 computer based; the IELTS equivalent is 6.0);
  • Official college transcripts in the original language accompanied by official translations into English. Baccalaureate degrees from a non-U.S. institution must be submitted to an evaluation agency for a basic evaluation (not course-by-course).

Applications will be considered only when all of the above documents have been received. For more information, applicants can contact the program director, Dr. Bryan Kim, at bryankim@hawaii.edu and/or the UH Hilo Graduate Division.

UH Hilo Graduate Division
Attn: Ms. Mahealani Jones, Graduate Division and Articulation Specialist
200 West Kāwili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
Tel: (808) 932-7926
Email: amyj@hawaii.edu

Transfer of Credits

Requests for transfer of credits must be made during the first semester in which the student is enrolled in the program. Students need to obtain departmental approval for all credit transfers. Only credit hours with a grade of B or better from accredited universities are transferable. Credit hours for practicum and internship courses are not transferable. Transfer credit hours must have been completed within five years prior to admission. Students may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours (or its equivalent). On rare circumstances, requests for an exception to this limit could be considered by the program faculty. All requests for transfer of credits must be accompanied by a transcript and course syllabi.

Statistics on Admitted Students

The program receives about 40-50 applications each year and admits between 15 to 20 students. Most of the admitted students had an average undergraduate GPA of 3.5 (last 60 semester hours) and GRE scores of 50 percentile on verbal and 30 percentile on quantitative.

If you have questions about admissions, please visit the FAQ page.