M.A. Program Admission Application Requirements and Information

Counseling Program Admission Application Requirements and Information

The MA in Counseling Psychology program admits a select number of highly qualified students each year for the fall semester only. Applications are reviewed after each of the deadlines stated below. It is possible that the program will be full before the standard application deadline, so we encourage all applicants to apply by the priority deadline.

Priority deadline: January 15, 2022
Standard deadline: April 15, 2022
Following standard deadline: Rolling admission as space allows

The Wright Institute expects to receive applications through the online application system. You do not need to complete your application in one sitting. You can work on the form from any computer wherever you have access to the web. Please read instructions carefully. After your application has been submitted you will not be able to make changes. If you are unable to complete the application online, please contact admissions.

Transcripts, reference letters, and other materials will not be returned; once submitted, they become the property of the Wright Institute.

Minimum grade point average

A minimum undergraduate or graduate school grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 is required for admission. Applicants that do not meet our minimum GPA requirement can still be accepted under exceptional circumstances. Appeals for waiver of this requirement should be made through our online application.

Transfer credit

The maximum number of credit hours or courses eligible for transfer is six (6) semester hours or two (2) courses. Transfer courses must be graduate level and taken for credit at a regionally accredited college or university. No more than five years may have elapsed between the course and a student's application to the Wright.

Students must have earned a grade of "B" or better for any course to be eligible and eligible courses must be equivalent in content and units to the course for which a waiver is requested. There is no transfer credit for military service, credit by examination, credit by correspondence, or credit for life experience.


To apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, please submit the following:

  1. Completed application for admission, up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume, and statement of purpose essay. The statement of purpose is a 4-6 page double-spaced, self-reflective essay describing your purpose in pursuing a masters degree in counseling psychology at the Wright Institute. Indicate how your professional goals developed from your past interests and experiences. Be sure to include your scholarly interests and any counseling experience that you have. Please be sure to include your full name at the top of each page of text in your statement of purpose. Each page should be numbered.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. You will be able to send your recommenders an electronic invitation through the online application. In that invitation, they will receive instructions on how to upload their letter of recommendation.We do not require an academic letter of recommendation.
  3. You must hold or expect to hold prior to the beginning of classes a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. school accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). For applicants educated outside the U.S., please see "Additional Requirements for International Applicants" below.
  4. Transcripts from each accredited college or university you attended. If you have not yet completed your degree, an additional transcript verifying graduation must be sent subsequently.

    Transcripts may be uploaded with the application. The uploaded document will be considered "unofficial." If an offer of admission is made, official transcripts will be required for degree schools only.

    International transcripts, which are not in English, must be accompanied by certified, literal English translations. Degrees received outside the United States must be verified and evaluated for academic equivalence. We recommend World Education Services www.wes.org. Education Credential Evaluators www.ece.org, or International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org.

    An official transcript may be sent electronically by the Registrar or Recorder of Records using the institution's e-mail system or electronic system to The Wright Institute at transcripts@wi.edu. Otherwise, transcripts should be mailed to:

    The Wright Institute
    Attn: Admissions Dept.
    2728 Durant Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94704

    COVID-19 Update: to expedite the processing of your application, please upload all materials to your online application. Official transcripts sent through the regular mail will delay the processing of your application.

  5. A non-refundable application fee of $5O. You may pay on-line or mail a check or money order payable to the Wright Institute.

    Application fee waivers are available for participants or alumni in good standing of the following service organizations: McNair Scholars, Gates Millennial Scholars, and Peace Corps in-country volunteers. To request a fee waiver, please contact admissions@wi.edu prior to submitting your application.

Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

  • Adequate command of spoken and written English is required for admission. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English. English Language Exception: Individuals who have earned a U.S. bachelor's or master's degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States -OR- The equivalent of either degree from a non-U.S. college or university of recognized standing where all instruction is provided in English. The Wright Institute school code is 9787.
  • Send a copy of your passport with your application.
  • If you are currently residing in the US and are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, please specify your immigration status on the application.
  • Download and complete a Wright Institute Certification of Finances form (available by clicking here and in the Admissions Office). All international students who need an F-1 Student Visa must show evidence of guaranteed funds to cover their tuition, fees, and living expenses. A bank letter or monthly account statement showing the proper amount of funds (or more) is required. Please make sure that the statement or letter clearly indicates the account holder's name, the currency type, and the account balance.
  • Official transcripts must be translated into English by an official translator.
  • Degrees received outside the United States will need to be verified and evaluated for academic equivalence. We recommend World Education Services www.wes.org, Education Credential Evaluators www.ece.org, or International Education Research Foundation www.ierf.org

The Wright Institute maintains an active policy of equal opportunity in all its admissions. The Institute encourages applicant diversity in terms of race, creed, color, national and ethnic origin, gender, sexual preference, age, disability, and marital status.