Admission Criteria 

Students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education prior to starting the program. An undergraduate major or minor in the social sciences is preferred (e.g., psychology, education, sociology).


Minimum 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA

Prerequisite Coursework

Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite coursework listed below.

The following courses (or equivalent) must be completed with a C or higher prior to starting the program. Students may petition to be admitted to the program with these deficits if the courses are completed with a C or higher by the end of the first semester of graduate study.

When prerequisite courses are repeated for a higher grade, the most recent grade will be used in the prerequisite GPA calculation.    

Application materials required:

Priority Application deadline - February 1 each year

Candidates that complete the application process by February 1 will receive a full application review.  Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis until the fall cohort is full.

  1. Carroll University Graduate Application – No fee to apply
  2. Official transcripts from each institution attended (can be submitted electronically to or via mail, but must come directly from the institution). Not required of current Carroll students.
  3. Résumé  
  4. Personal Statement - Your statement should address the following questions: 
    • What experiences have influenced your choice of a career in behavioral health psychology? 
    • Understanding that your specific goals may change, where do you see yourself in five years? Specifically, what work do you envision yourself doing and with whom will you be working? 
    • What competencies do you possess that will support your completion of the graduate program and meeting your goals? Provide behavioral examples of these competencies.   
  5. Three letters of recommendation. These should be from individuals able to comment on your competencies as they relate to: 
    • Your ability to excel in human services work, and  
    • Aptitude to complete a graduate program.  
      Recent undergraduates are encouraged to submit at least two of the three letters from sources familiar with your academic work, such as an advisor or professor. A third letter from a supervisor, character reference or coach is suggested. Applicants with discipline-related experiences and who graduated more than three years ago are welcome to submit two of the three letters from sources familiar with your professional work and a third from someone who can speak to your academic potential.

Qualified candidates will be invited to interview as determined by the admission committee. Interviews will be conducted virtually using Microsoft Teams.

Application Questions

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