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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 Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in School Psychology
  • Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Management and 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 bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited* college or university. 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.

* The six regional accrediting bodies are the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Submission of all Admissions Application materials, which include:

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

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

PLEASE NOTE: The GPA Exemption Statement is required in addition to the Goals Statement/Essay.

Goals Statement/Essay
The Goals Statement/Essay is an important part of Phillips’ application process. Applicants are required to submit a three (3) to four (4) page, double-spaced, typed essay. The statement should address both (A) and (B) as delineated below:

A. Choose one of Phillips Graduate Institute’s Core Values (below) with which you most identify. These values shape Phillips Graduate Institute’s character and culture:

The Challenge to Grow and Develop
This is applicable at the individual, family, and organizational levels. We apply it to ourselves and others.

Collaborative Involvement
This is the catalyst for innovative and effective solutions outside the organization.

Integrity
We encourage the making and honoring of commitments, consistency and wholeness, even under challenging circumstances.

Creativity
Institutional support for creativity helps to find new solutions and to look “out of the box” for new opportunities in times of change.

Appreciation for Diversity
We can capitalize on the advantage of differences; learn new ways of doing things from each other.

Contribution to Positive Social Change

Every person involved with Phillips Graduate Institute contributes to the well-being of the community. This contribution, however seemingly small, is eventually reflected at global levels.


B. Current personal, intellectual, professional interests:

Describe your current personal, intellectual, professional interests and activities, giving particular attention to the nature of your work, studies and current reading, areas of special interest, and career plans. Indicate your reasons for seeking a degree from Phillips Graduate Institute. Include the following information:

The nature of your life now and how the master’s or doctoral-level study will be integrated into it. Why you want to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree in this particular area of study. How you came to know about and why you chose Phillips Graduate Institute.

PLEASE NOTE: Merely submitting a résumé, curriculum vitae, or one-page synopsis will not be regarded as an adequate Goals Statement/Essay.

Recommendations
Two recommendations are required for application to all programs. Letters of recommendation should be recent and may be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.  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 Admissions Office 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.

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 Admissions Office. Completed files are processed and evaluated by the Admissions Committee for the applicant's program. After the committee'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
Standardized test scores are not required of applicants for most of the programs at Phillips Graduate Institute. However, applicants who are accepted into the Master’s in School Counseling, Master's in School Psychology, and the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential programs should note that they 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 for these programs.

Applicants whose native language is not English, or who have not earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. higher education institution, must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants can take the test via Internet, Computer, or Paper. The minimum score required for the test is:

  • Internet-based: 80
  • Computer-based: 213
  • Paper-based: 550

An exception may be made for applicants for applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree at an English-language college or university outside the United States.

Non-degree (Independent) Study
Candidates applying to be non-degree-seeking students 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-degree-seeking students.

Notice of Policy of Non-Discrimination
Phillips Graduate Institute, 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, race, color, handicap, 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 Institute is in full compliance with all statutes of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Registrar’s Office serves as the official point of contact for ADA-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 Admissions Office, 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 Admissions Office, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Master of Arts in Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in School Counseling (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 Admissions Office, 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 Admissions Office, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Management and 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 Admissions Office, info@pgi.edu or call (818) 386-5660.

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