Graduate Programs Admission

Online Application Process

You can apply online for any of our graduate programs. The system allows you to work on your application at your own pace and save your work to come back at a later time. You can submit essays, references, and resumés electronically, and check on the status of your application.

Reference forms and Letters of Recommendation are required for all programs. We recommend that you request references electronically through our online application above. However, if you require a paper reference form, you can download it here: SMC Grad Reference Form. If using a printed form, evaluators should return the completed form, with their Letter of Recommendation, to you in a sealed envelope which you will then send to the college.

The Online Inquiry Form can be used to ask specific questions about a program. Please note that Saint Michael’s Master’s Programs do not require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Graduate Program Information  Financial Aid for Graduate Students

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet these requirements:

  • Submit a completed application.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited American college or university, or its foreign university equivalent, with a concentration in psychology or related discipline. Please note that the program director may require that a third party evaluate foreign academic credentials.
  • Have achieved a 3.0 GPA on undergraduate course work and a minimum of 3.25 GPA in psychology and on any Post-Graduate courses taken.
  • Submit your official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work, mailed in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Have completed a minimum of 250 hours of supervised work experience in mental health or closely related human services position – paid or volunteer. This work should be supervised by a person with a masters degree in mental health and should involve training and attendance in clinical team meetings, where individual clinical cases are reviewed and discussed.
  • Submit 2 references with accompanying letters that address your academic and professional potential. One reference must address your academic potential by a professor in your most recent academic experience. The other reference must address your work experiences in the human services, demonstrating that you are effective in working with others in a helping capacity. This letter must also include verification of 250 hours of work supplied by a clinical supervisor with at least a Master’s Degree. Please use the Reference Forms provided in the application and read the instructions on the form for proper handling.
  • Submit your resumé.
  • Have taken the following psychology courses, if you were not a psychology concentration:
    • General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology (or Child Psychology)
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Statistics and Research Methods (year-long, 6-credit course) (One semester of Statistics and one semester of Research Methods or a combination of both in one course – one year long).
    • Physiological Psychology and Social Psychology are not required but are highly recommended.
  • Submit a 4-5 page, double spaced, autobiographical essay describing how you became interested in a career in professional psychology, including those pivotal experiences as a student, intern, patient, or observer of the mental health system. This essay serves not only as a writing sample, but also to convey who you are as a person and how you perceive our program as compatible with your personal and professional goals.
  • Participate in an interview, once all application materials have been submitted and your file is complete.

Submit the application fee of $50, payable to Saint Michael’s College.

It is preferable for students to be the Program in the fall semester.

If you’re an international applicant…

International applicants, and applicants for whom English is not their native language, should go to the International Applicants box below.

Admission Decision

You will be informed of the admission decision by letter, after all requirements of the admission process have been satisfied, including the interview. Admission decisions are made by the program director, after consulting with faculty and staff in the program. In order to provide personalized and high quality graduate training in clinical psychology, it is necessary to limit the size of the program. The admission process, therefore, is competitive. Please note that meeting minimum application requirements and following admission procedures does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Applicants must have met these requirements:

  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution and have attained a minimum of 3.0 GPA. If you are applying for a C.A.G.S., you must have a Master’s Degree already.
  • Submit a completed Application for Graduate Admission.
  • Contact your undergraduate institution to submit your official transcript(s), in sealed envelope(s), of all undergraduate work (if credits were transferred, we will also need the official transcript from those institutions). If you have completed graduate work in the past, you must contact this institution as well to submit your official transcript. (Check with your institution(s), they may be able to send it electronically.)
  • Include two references with letters of recommendation. One must be from an academic institution or employer, whichever is the most relevant and within the last 5 years. The second must be from a person who has observed your work with children in the age group in which you are interested (i.e. Elementary grades K-6, Middle grades 5-9, and Secondary grades 7-12) within the last five years.
  • Submit a two page essay describing an experience that has shaped you as an educator, aspiring educator, or aspiring educational leader. Please read our mission statement on the Graduate Education main page and refer to at least one of the five outcomes. Please be specific and descriptive.
  • Submit your resumé.
  • Have an interview. This will be arranged after your admission file is complete.
  • Submit a non-refundable application fee of $50.00. (SMC Alumni please waive fee.)
  • If you are a licensed teacher seeking an additional endorsement, submit a copy of your license to the Graduate Admission Office,

If you’re an international applicant…

International applicants, and applicants for whom English is not their native language, should go to the International Applicants box below.

Admission Decision

You will be informed of the admission decision, by letter, following your interview.

Application requirements:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from an accredited American college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign university.
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work, mailed in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Two reference forms accompanied by letters of recommendation with original signatures, at least one of which should be an academic reference. (ELL Licensure applicants only: Must have one academic or employer reference — whichever is most relevant — and one from a person who has observed your work with children/adolescents in a professional setting.)
  • A resumé.
  • A $50 application fee.
  • A one-to-two page essay describing your educational career objectives with particular emphasis on the following: personal and professional goals, relevant employment experience, why you wish to study at Saint Michael’s College, and your ability and commitment to undertake graduate-level education at this time.

In addition to the aforementioned, international applicants must also:

  • Submit an official TOEFL or other approved English language proficiency test score report (for those whose native language is not English).
  • Submit an original letter of financial support.
  • Complete the International Applicant section of the Graduate Admission Application. I-20 forms cannot be issued without completion of this form and the supporting financial documentation.

Admission Decision

Your application for admission to Saint Michael’s College is not complete until all of the above information is received. You will be informed of the admission decision by letter. Once admitted, you will be asked to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your acceptance. This deposit will be applied toward your tuition.

Saint Michael’s may not be located in a major city, but our community is still a vibrant, diverse hub of international energy. Students and professors from around the world come to Saint Mike’s to be a part of life here.

For international prospective students, the admission process is supplemented with a few additional documents. If you are interested in applying, please follow the admission procedures for the program to which you are applying.

Additional requirements

  • You must complete the International Applicants section of the Graduate Application.
  • You must submit a bank statement, or financial certification from your employer, verifying that you have sufficient financial resources to provide for your academic and personal expenses while attending Saint Michael’s.
  • You must submit a photocopy of your passport page showing the correct spelling of your name and date of birth. I-20s cannot be prepared without this or your financial statement.
  • If you are not a US citizen or resident, you must enter the US on a student visa (F-1).
  • If your native language is not English, you must submit verification that you have achieved the minimum test score on an approved test for English proficiency, listed below.

Required Test Scores

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 550 pbTOEFL/ 79 ibTOEFL
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5

Saint Michael’s TOEFL code: 3757


International graduate students are required to make a $500 deposit to confirm their enrollment in the program.  This deposit is refundable (minus a $100 processing fee) in the event that a visa is not received.  The deposit amount will be applied to the student’s tuition.

For more information about International admittance, contact:

Mary Thompson, Assistant Director of Admission