Graduate Studies

Doctorate of Philosophy in Pastoral Counseling: Admission Requirements


Applicants for the Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling Program 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 exploring one’s personal strengths and growing edges, one’s own faith identity and career goals.

  • Submit a current résumé or curriculum vitae.

  • Have two 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 study in the Ph.D. program. These should be from a faith community leader, clinical supervisor or an academic advisor. Each letter should be accompanied by a completed Reference Form found HERE. To be considered official, all letters must be submitted directly from the recommender him/herself.

  • Request official Miller Analogies Test scores be sent directly to Neumann University.

  • Submit a scholarly paper that demonstrates your ability to read, review and critically appraise the following article:  Marshall, J. (2015). Futures of a past: From within a more traditional pastoral counseling model.
    Click HERE for detailed instructions.


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.


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