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In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Chair of Counseling and Behavioral Sciences accepts applications for admission from students without regard to ethnicity, race, color, sex, age, disability status, or national origin.


Applicants must first be admitted to Graduate Studies. Application, and all official transcripts, must be sent to the Office of Admissions, University of Holy Cross (UHC), 4123 Woodland Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131.

To be considered for admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling, applicants must hold  a Master’s degree in Counseling from a regionally accredited program and submit the following prior to the due date of the semester for which they are applying, sent directly to the Office of  Admissions:

1.  A completed official graduate application form;

2.  Official transcripts for all prior undergraduate and graduate course work, which
must be sent by the institutions attended;

The following should be sent directly to Dr. Carolyn White, Dean of the College of Counseling, Education, and Business:

1.  At least three letters of recommendation written by people qualified to evaluate academic potential and personal and professional promise. Letters should address the applicant's character, work ethic, leadership, ability to work with others, communication skills, and ability to complete doctoral-level academic work. These letters should be addressed to Dr. Carolyn White, Dean of the College of Counseling, Education, and Business. It is recommended, but not required, that the applicant include at least one letter from a previous faculty member in the Master’s degree program and at least one from a supervisor of an internship site or job where the applicant had counseling experience;

2. A two-page, double-spaced, typed letter of intent providing background information about the candidate, reasons for having selected the counseling profession, and future professional goals, particularly as related to the desire for a Doctoral degree in Counseling;

3.  A current résumé.


Admission to the Doctoral Program in Counseling at the University of Holy Cross is based on the evaluation of the applicant's personal, professional, and academic records by the Graduate Counseling Program faculty. The University recruits qualified applicants from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds who display professional promise, intellectual achievement, personal character, and educational commitment. At a minimum, applicants are expected to have met the following academic qualifications:

1. A Master’s degree from a university or college approved by a recognized regional accrediting agency in the United States, CACREP programs preferred, or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university;

2. A record of graduate level study predictive of success in a Doctoral program.

3. A satisfactory academic standing at the last university or college attended.

Foreign and ESL Students

A foreign or ESL (English as a Second Language) applicant must present evidence of satisfactory proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. The applicant may do so by presenting a satisfactory score on the TOEFL (normally 500). For information about TOEFL, the applicant should write to TOEFL, 1755 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036.

Letter of Good Standing

Students enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions who wish to register for transfer credit must submit a Letter of Good Standing and are not required to submit complete transcripts. The Letter of Good Standing must come from the university official of the student's graduate school.





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