Announcing Saturday Office Hours

Posted in Visit Chatham on February 27th, 2010 by dperry – Be the first to comment

Looking for an alternative to visiting the campus during the week?  Can’t make it to one of our weekend open houses?

The office of graduate admissions will be opening most Saturdays beginning March 13 until July 31.   Visits are by appointment only and if you’d like to see the campus and meet with an admissions counselor they’re easy to arrange!   Just contact the admissions office at gradadmissions@chatham.edu or 800-837-1290/412-365-1825.

Happy Holidays

Posted in Chatham University on December 23rd, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

The Graduate Admissions Office will be closed December 24-25 and January 1.   We wish you all safe and happy holidays and a prosperous New Year!

Need more information about our Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program? Here are some quick facts.

Posted in COUNSELING PSYCH CORNER on November 20th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

Is the program offered on a full-time and part-time basis?

                No.  The PsyD program is offered on a full-time basis only.

How long does it take to complete the PsyD degree?

                The program takes four years to complete and involves three years of curriculum and a one year internship.

When can you begin the program?

                The program begins each fall.

When are classes held?

                Classes are offered in the evenings and occasionally on the weekends.

Can you work full-time and attend program?

Working full-time while completing the PsyD program would present many challenges. During the fall and spring, the course load per term averages 12 credit hours. In summer, the load is slightly less. Beginning in the second semester, there are practicum experiences each semester, each requiring about 20 hours per week on-site.

Where can I find out more about tuition costs and financial aid?

You will find tuition costs here:  http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/grad_tuition.cfm

More information about financial aid can be found at:  http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/grad_aid.cfm.

 

What are the admissions requirements?

·         3.2 GPA

·         Undergraduate degree from accredited institution

·         Graduate degree in counseling or a related field from an accredited institution (minimum of 48 credits)

·         Prerequisites:

§   Psychology of Culture and Identity or Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Counseling

§   Human Development across the Lifespan

§   Counseling Theories

§   Counseling Techniques

§   Group Counseling

§   Abnormal Psychology or Psychopathology

§   Assessment/Appraisal

§   Vocational and Career Counseling

§   Psychobiology

§   Statistics and Research Design

§   Professional Ethics

§   Supervised Counseling Field Placement (Practicum and Internship)

Can I still apply without all of the prerequisites?

                Yes, but all prerequisite classes if you are admitted to the program, you must complete any prerequisites before enrolling.

 

When is the application deadline?

 

                The application deadline for complete applications is January 15.   All admissions materials must be received by that date.

 

How do I apply?

You will find our free, online application at http://apply.chatham.edu/graduate.  Beyond filling out the application, you must submit the following:

o   Three recommendations (academic or professional or both – professional recommendations must be from some who served in supervisory capacity.  All recommendations must be sent in a sealed envelope, with the recommender’s signature over the envelope’s seal)

o   Official transcripts from every university or college attended where college credit was received (must be sent directly from registrar’s office in a sealed envelope)

§  If credits show up on one institution’s transcripts as transferred, a transcript must still be sent from the registrar’s office at the institution where they were taken

o   Resume or curriculum vitae

o   GRE test scores (general)

o   GRE test scores (psychology)

Is an interview required for admission?

 

                Yes.  An on-campus interview is required for admission to the program.  Once faculty have reviewed complete applications, applicants are notified of whether or not they have been invited to interview.  If invited, the interview is the final step in the admissions process. 

 

How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?

Once student has interviewed for the program, they can expect an admissions decision in two to three weeks.

Is the PsyD program APA accredited?

                We are seeking APA accreditation, but this is a review process that will require a graduating class from the program before accreditation is granted.  We are currently working to ensure we meet all APA guidelines in anticipation of accreditation and are actively seeking it.  We are also applying to become an ASPPB/National Register Designated Doctoral Program.

How can I get some information about the PsyD program and Chatham?

Feel free to visit http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/inquire.cfm and we will forward information about the program to your current address!  You can also visit www.chatham.edu/PsyD  for more information about the program, its requirements, our faculty, and other helpful links related to the field of counseling.

Can I schedule a visit, meet with a faculty member, and take a tour?

We would love to have you visit us!  You can schedule a weekday visit by contacting our receptionist, Mary Schmidt at mschmidt@chatham.edu or 412-365-1825.  You can also attend one of our weekend open houses, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member, tour the campus, and meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, career services, housing, etc.  For more information about our upcoming open houses, and to register, just visit www.chatham.edu/openhouse.

More Questions?  Please feel free to email gradadmissions@chatham.edu or call us 412-365-1825/800-837-1290.

Have questions about our Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program? Here are some facts and quick answers.

Posted in COUNSELING PSYCH CORNER on November 20th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP)

 

Is the program offered on a full-time and part-time basis?

Yes.  The program is offered both full and part-time.

How long does it take to complete the MSCP degree?

The MSCP program is 48 credits in length and can be completed in two years by full-time students.  The duration of the program varies for part-time students, depending upon the rate at which they attend; however, it’s possible to complete the degree in as little as three years.

When can you begin the program?

Students may enroll in the program in the spring or fall.

When are classes held?

Classes are offered primarily in the evenings, with some day classes also

Where can I find out more about tuition costs and financial aid?

You will find tuition costs here:  http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/grad_tuition.cfm

More information about financial aid can be found at:  http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/grad_aid.cfm.

 

What are the admissions requirements?

·         3.0 GPA

·         Undergraduate degree from accredited institution

·         Prerequisites:  

§  Intro to Psych class must be completed before student can begin program

§  Biology and Statistics prerequisites can be completed after admission, but must be satisfied before student can take corresponding graduate courses in the program

When are the application deadlines?

               

                Our early decision deadline for fall 2010 is December 31.  All application materials must be received by that date.  (Early decision applicants must have a 3.5 GPA or higher) 

            Our regular/recommended deadline for fall 2010 is May 1.

How do I apply?

You will find our free, online application at http://apply.chatham.edu/graduate.  Beyond filling out the application, you must submit the following:

o   Two recommendations (academic or professional or both – professional recommendations must be from some who served in supervisory capacity and must be sent in a sealed envelope, with the recommender’s signature over the seal on the back of the envelope)

o   Official transcripts from every university or college attended where college credit was received (must be sent directly from registrar’s office in a sealed envelope)

§  If credits show up on one institution’s transcripts as transferred we must still have transcript from that institution where they were taken

o   Resume or curriculum vitae

Is an interview required for admission?

                Though not required, interviews maybe requested by the program’s director or the applicant.

What if I don’t have a 3.0 GPA?

Though we do review applications from those with GPAs slightly lower than the 3.0 requirement (based on the overall strength of their application) our graduate programs are rigorous and grades lower than a “B” in our graduate programs can lead to dismissal.  Therefore, we do not recommend students with GPAs lower than a 2.7 apply, unless they already have extensive work experience in the field and believe that other factors related to their application are compelling reasons for admission.

How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?

Once student has received notification from us that their application is complete they should have a decision in two – three weeks

Where can I find information about PA State licensure to become a Licensed Professional Counselor?

http://www.chatham.edu/departments/humandevelopment/graduate/counseling/palicensure.cfm

Does the MSCP prepare you to sit for the national licensing exam?

Yes.  For information about the exam please visit http://www.chatham.edu/departments/humandevelopment/graduate/counseling/nce.cfm

Is the MSCP program accredited?

The MSCP is not CACREP accredited.  We have opted to grant a degree in counseling psychology versus counselor education, which makes us ineligible for CACREP accreditation.  We believe our training in counseling psychology better provides our students with the tools needed to be effective mental health counselors. In fact, our curriculum surpasses CACREP requirements. 

How can I get some information about the MSCP program and Chatham?

Feel free to visit http://www.chatham.edu/admissions/inquire.cfm and we will forward information about the program to your current address!  You can also visit www.chatham.edu/MSCP for more information about the program, its requirements, our faculty, and other helpful links related to the field of counseling.

Can I schedule a visit, meet with a faculty member, and take a tour?

We would love to have you visit us!  You can schedule a weekday visit by contacting our receptionist, Mary Schmidt at mschmidt@chatham.edu or 412-365-1825.  You can also attend one of our weekend open houses, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet with a faculty member, tour the campus, and meet with representatives from admissions, financial aid, career services, housing, etc.  For more information about our upcoming open houses, and to register, just visit www.chatham.edu/openhouse.

More Questions?  Please feel free to email gradadmissions@chatham.edu or call us 412-365-1825/800-837-1290.

 

 

Sunday, January 31 Graduate & Adult Student Open House – Shadyside Location – 1pm-3pm

Posted in Chatham University on November 6th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

This open house is availble to those interested in programs other than the health sciences or architecture.  Held at our Shadyside main campus, the event provides the opportunity to meet with faculty as well as representatives from admissions, financial aid, residence life, student affairs, and other campus services.   Campus tours will be provided.   Faculty from our accounting, biology, businsess, counseling psychology, creative writing, film & digital technology, and teaching programs will be there to meet with prospective students.  Just visit www.chatham.edu/openhouse.cfm to find out more and register for this event.

Sunday, January 31 Health Science and Architecture Open House – Eastside Location – 11am-1pm

Posted in Campus Events, Visit Chatham on November 6th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

This is a special open house for those interested in our graduate health science and interior and landscape architecture programs.  The event is being held at our Eastside location.  This provides an opportunity to meet with faculty, current students, and an admissions representative.   Just visit www.chatham.edu/openhouse.cfm to find out more and register for this event.

Saturday, December 5 – Graduate Admissions Office Hours

Posted in Campus Events on November 6th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

As an added convenience, we’ll be opening up the admissions office on Saturday, December 5 to those with an interest in our accounting, business, counseling psychology, creative writing, film & digital technology, interior architecture, landscape architecture, occupational therapy and teaching programs!  Admissions counselors will meet with students by appointment only.  

This will be an opportunity to meet with a counselor, discuss your program of interest in greater depth, and go over the admissions requirements and process.  We will also provide some campus tours.  To arrange an appointment, just contact Dory Perry at dperry@chatham.edu in the graduate admissions office.

Upcoming Application Deadlines

Posted in Admissions Updates on November 4th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

Just a friendly reminder, the following are some application deadlines that will be coming up soon!

December 31:   Master of Science in Counseling Psychology ProgramEarly Decision Deadline (must have a 3.5 GPA or higher to be eligible) 

 January 10:  Master of Occupational Therapy Program

January 15:   Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program

January 15:   MFA in Creative Writing – Early Decision & Fellowship Deadline (must have 3.5 GPA to be eligible)

Pre-PA (Physician Assistant) Club Meeting – October 28!

Posted in Campus Events on October 23rd, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment

The next Pre-PA (Pre- Physician Assistant) Club meeting will be this Tuesday, October 28, at 4pm at the Eastside campus. The club meeting will be held outside of room 133 in the lounge area, and all students interested in this career field are welcome! Plans for the remaining fall and spring semesters will be discussed, as well discussions about the PA profession and service strategies that can enhance your application to the Masters in Physician Assistant Studies Program here at Chatham. For more information, contact Mark Hertweck at 412.365.1117, or by email: hertweck@chatham.edu. We hope to see you there!

Some helpful financial aid info

Posted in Financial Aid on October 15th, 2009 by dperry – Be the first to comment
 

Financial Aid Websites

Scholarship Web Sites
The following sites house databases with many thousands of scholarship opportunities. All sites are free and some offer e-mail updates as new scholarships become available.

Questions?
If you have questions about financial aid options, please contact the financial aid office at: (412) 365-2797 or send us an e-mail.