Graduate Studies

Master of Science and Graduate Certificate Programs in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling:
Admission Requirements


Applicants for either a degree or a certificate in the Graduate Program in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete the following: 

  • Submit a completed Application Form or apply online for free.

  • Send all official transcripts from all institutions attended, including the earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year institution.
  • Provide a letter of intent not to exceed three (3) pages describing one’s religious or spiritual journey, including pivotal life experiences and instances of helping others which embody a sense of calling to pastoral care, pastoral counseling, or spiritual direction.

  • Have three official letters of recommendation from persons with whom you are familiar and who can speak to your academic suitability for graduate studies, your personal maturity, and your potential for the ministry of pastoral counseling or spiritual direction. All letters must be official, either on letterhead and in a sealed envelope, signed by the recommender or directly from the recommender via email. 

Applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis. Once all admission materials have been received and processed through the Office of Admissions, the graduate Program Director/Coordinator will arrange for an interview, if appropriate, following a review of all candidate credentials.

To begin classes in the fall semester, it is recommended that, in order to allow time for the interview process to occur, all admission requirements be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions by August 1st. 

Similarly, to begin classes in the spring semester, it is recommended that all admission requirements be completed and submitted to the Office of Admissions by December 1st. 

For those who seek to enroll as a non-matriculated student (allows one to take three courses before enrolling in the program, but doesn’t allow for financial assistance) contact the department directly at 610-558-5572.


For more information, please call the Office of Adult and Graduate Admissions
at (610) 361-5208 or (800) 9-NEUMANN, ext. 5208, or feel free to e-mail us at