Admission Requirements

The University has a rolling admissions policy. To be fully admitted applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants are expected to have at least 9 credits of psychology coursework (graduate or undergraduate) such as Personality Theories, Abnormal Psychology, or Clinical Psychology. They must also successfully complete the supplemental application portfolio which includes personal references, a writing assignment, and an official transcript.

Program Prerequisites

Bachelors degree, or its equivalent, from an accredited university or recognized international institution

Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher

Nine credits in undergraduate psychology coursework with a grade of B or higher; three of the nine credits may be in an area closely related to psychology

  • It is recommended that clinical mental health counseling applicants have three undergraduate credits in either abnormal psychology or psychopathology


Required Materials

  1. University of Bridgeport graduate application
  2. $50 application fee (non-refundable)
    • Checks or money orders should be made payable to the University of Bridgeport
  3. Official transcripts from every school attended
    • International transcripts must include an official course-by-course evaluation of all academic work from an accredited academic evaluating service
  4. Two recommendation letters
    • Letters must be signed and come from employers, professors or professional associates
    • Clinical mental health counseling applicants must obtain at least one recommendation letter from someone who can attest to field experience
  5. Personal statement
    • In 250-500 words, detail your interest in the counseling program, your relevant academic and personal experience, and describe your professional plans
  6. Resume
  7. Interview
    • Once all required materials are received, you will be contacted to meet with the review committee


Completed application and all supporting documents must be received by:

May 1 for priority consideration, July 1 (final deadline) for the Fall Semester

October 1 for priority consideration, December 1 (final deadline) for the Spring Semester

It is highly recommended that you meet our priority deadline as program space is limited. If admitted, priority candidates receive preferred course registration.

In addition to the general admissions requirements listed above, admission decisions for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling concentration will give careful consideration to indicators of candidate life experience and maturity (e.g., successful work experience in a human service field). A personal interview is also required.

Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university but do not meet one or more of the above criteria may be admitted provisionally. Those without the recommended background in Psychology will be required to take additional psychology-related coursework as part of their degree program. Those admitted on provisional status may be fully admitted once they have completed 12 credits of coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Although students may enter the program in any term, it is advised to begin in the fall. Students who begin in the spring or summer may have limited course options.