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GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

Prerequisite Course Requirements

The following degree programs require a minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences at a letter grade of "B" or higher (preferably in psychology) at the undergraduate level:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in School Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Consulting 
The following degree programs require a minimum of twelve (12) units of psychology at a letter grade of "B" or higher at the undergraduate level:

  • Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy

Please see the program-specific listings below for additional information on the coursework required for these programs.

All applicants must have completed an earned Bachelors or Master’s degree from a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Degrees from programs that are “approved” rather than accredited are not acceptable for application to Phillips. Applicants currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program may apply to Phillips, but must have their degree conferred prior to the start of the semester for which they are applying.

Submission of all Admissions Application materials, which include:

  • Application form (Download PDF Version | Fill Out Application Online)
  • Two (2) recommendations
  • Official transcripts from the last conferred degree, Bachelors or Masters. In order to meet Phillips' prerequisite, the applicant might be required to provide additional transcripts.
  • Résumé/Statement of Experience
  • Payment of application fee

Demonstration of English proficiency may be required.

Admissions Interview (special arrangements for telephone interviews may be made for applicants who reside outside the Southern California area).

Please review the program-specific requirements to determine further requirements and/or contact the Office of Admissions for assistance.

In the event that an applicant’s previous coursework does not include the required classes, he/she may be granted the opportunity to complete any outstanding coursework prior to, or during, his/her enrollment in a Phillips program.

Grade Point Average Requirements

Academic integrity and achievement are important at Phillips Graduate Institute. Therefore, there are minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements for Regular Admission Standing into any program. A student must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree, if applicable) from a regionally accredited college or university, or a Grade Point Average Exemption Petition must be submitted with the application for admission.

Grade Point Average Exemption Petition

If an applicant’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) from his/her bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree, if applicable) falls below 3.0, the applicant is required to petition for a Grade Point Average Exemption with his/her application. The applicant must submit a one-to two-page, double-spaced typed statement explaining past, special, or personal circumstances that contributed to a GPA below 3.0. This statement should also explain why the applicant feels that he/she would be able to successfully participate in a graduate academic program.

Recommendations

Two recommendations are required for application to all programs. Letters of recommendation should be recent and may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. Click here to download a copy of the recommendation form.

  • Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.

  • Recommenders should be able to speak to an applicant’s ability to be academically and professionally successful as a graduate-level student in his/her chosen field of study.

  • It is preferred that recommendations come from two (2) different sources in the applicant’s life.

  • Applicants who have not attended school for several years should submit recommendations from persons who are familiar with them on any level of professional involvement.

Applicants are encouraged to begin this process as soon as they intend to apply for admission. Recommendations should be received in the Office of Admissions by the Application Priority Deadline. Failure to receive recommendations is the most common reason application decisions are delayed.

Résumé/Statement of Experience

Applicants are required to submit a current summary of all work experience and education. This summary should reflect positions held, job responsibilities, employers, dates of employment, and educational institutions attended.

Transcript

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the last conferred degree, Bachelors or Masters, both foreign and domestic at a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If courses were completed with pass/fail grades, the applicant should request that the Registration Office attach any narrative evaluations explaining the grading system requirements. In order to meet Phillips’ prerequisite, the applicant might be required to provide additional transcripts.

Academic degrees and coursework from universities and institutions outside the United States must be equivalent to coursework completed and degrees earned at a regionally or national-accredited college or university. For more information on approved translations and equivalency evaluation services, please contact the Admissions Office.

Request for Transfer of Credit

The maximum number of units a degree-seeking student may transfer at the master’s level is nine (9) units. The maximum number of units a Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential-seeking student may transfer is sixteen (16) units. The maximum number of units a doctoral-level student may transfer is twenty-four (24) units. Any applicant requesting to transfer credits must fill out the Request For Transfer of Credit Form and attach the supporting paperwork as detailed on the form.

Review Process and Admissions Interviews

Applicants are evaluated only after all necessary information and materials have been received by the Office of Admissions. Completed files are processed and evaluated by the Admissions Committee for the applicant's program. After the committe's review, selected candidates are invited for interviews and may be required to submit an on-site writing sample during the interview or at some other approved time.

In the event a student lives out of the state or country, an admissions interview may be granted via telephone. In this case, the student will be notified of the appropriate date and time of the interview.

The final admission decision is made after the results of the interview are evaluated. The committee bases its decisions on a multiple of requirements rather than on any single factor.

Test Scores

Phillips Graduate University does not require standardized test scores (e.g., GRE) of applicants for most programs. However, if test scores are submitted they will be included with their applicant file.

Applicant for the Master of Arts in Psychology with Emphasis in School Counseling, Master of Arts in Psychology with Emphasis in School Psychology and any Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credentials are required to have taken and passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) by the end of their second (2nd) semester. Passing the CBEST is a mandated State of California requirement in order to receive the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential. Students are strongly encouraged to take the CBEST prior to enrollment.

Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree at a regionally-accredited, national-accredited college or a university recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Applicants can take the test via Internet, computer or paper. The minimum required score is:

TOEFL:
  • Internet-based: 80
  • Computer-based: 213
  • Paper-based: 550
IELTS:
  • 6.0 or above

Exceptions may be made for applicants (a) who have earned an undergraduate degree at an English-language college or university outside the United States, or (b) who are from a country where English is one of several official languages.

Non-matriculating (Independent) Study/Elective Track

Candidates applying to be a non-matriculating/elective student may register on a space-available basis and may not apply more than nine (9) units of non-degree status Phillips coursework toward a Phillips degree. Not all coursework is available to non-matriculating students. Please click here to download the non-matriculating application for admission.

Notice of Nondiscrimination and Title IX Compliance

Phillips, in accordance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972, admits students of either gender and of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate against students on the basis of gender, sex, race, color, handicap, disability, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarships and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. Phillips Graduate University is in full compliance with all statutes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Dean of Students and Title IX office serves as the point of contact for all ADA and Title IX-related matters.

Notice of Right to Revoke Offer

Phillips Graduate Institute reserves the right to revoke an offer of admission on the basis of misrepresentation or omission in the application. Discovery of false information subsequent to admission is, at Phillips' discretion, grounds for dismissal at any point in the student’s course of study. In such cases, the student will forfeit all charges paid and all academic credits earned.


Program-Specific Admissions Requirements


Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (60 Units)

Prerequisite coursework: a minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences with a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level.

For additional information about admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy/Art Therapy (61 units)

Prerequisite coursework: a minimum of twelve (12) units of psychology coursework successfully completed at the undergraduate level, which must include coursework in developmental and abnormal psychology.

A minimum of eighteen (18) units of studio art as required by AATA and ATCB.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a letter grade of "B" or higher.

A portfolio of ten examples of applicant's art work.

For additional information about the Art Therapy portfolio requirement or general admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Master of Arts in School Counseling/PPS Credential (53 units)

Prerequisite coursework: a minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences with a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level.

Successful applicants to the School Counseling/PPS Credential programs are required to have taken the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) prior to the end of their first year in the program. Passing the CBEST is a non-negotiable state of California requirement in order to receive the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential.

For additional information about admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Master of Arts in School Psychology (64 units)

Prerequisite coursework: a minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences with a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level.

Successful applicants to the School Psychology/PPS Credential programs are required to have taken the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) prior to the end of their first year in the program. Passing the CBEST is a non-negotiable state of California requirement in order to receive the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential.

For additional information about admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Consulting (96 units)

Prerequisite coursework: a minimum of twelve (12) units of social sciences with a letter grade of "B" or higher successfully completed at the undergraduate level.

For additional information about admissions policies and procedures, please contact the Office of Admissions, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

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