Thomas Jefferson University

Community & Trauma Counseling Master of Science

Applying - MS Program

Admission/Matriculation Requirements

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admissions
  • Official Academic Transcripts
  • Current Resume/CV
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Essay
    • 800-1000 words
    • Personal reflection on your reasons for choosing a career in counseling, and specifically trauma-focused counseling.
    • Highlight personal qualities or characteristics that will serve you well in this graduate program and in the counseling profession more broadly.
  • Interview With Program Faculty Members

Admission to the Program

Applicants to the Community and Trauma Counseling Program will need to hold a Bachelor’s degree, have obtained a grade of B or higher in prerequisite courses listed below (other science, human service, or psychology courses will be considered), provide two letters of recommendation, provide a resume, and submit a personal essay describing interest in community and trauma counseling, and qualities and experiences that will promote success as a student or practitioner in the field.

Prerequisite Courses
 Required Credits
Introduction to Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Developmental Psychology/Human Development

International Students

International students can find additional requirements for admission here.

Mail documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
East Falls Campus
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144-5497

Or email:

Matriculation Requirements

For Matriculation into the M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling Program Students must:

  1. Meet the program's Dispositional Standards (Below)
  2. Successfully complete a state and federal criminal background check
  3. Successfully pass a state child abuse clearance
  4. Complete online Act 31 training
  5. Complete required student medical health records

Dispositional Requirements

Students must:

  • Treat others with courtesy, respect, and open-mindedness
  • Demonstrate the ability to work with diverse individuals
  • Demonstrate the ability to accept, and use feedback
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately
  • Interact appropriately and positively with others
  • Show initiative and motivation
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries with supervisors, peers, and clients
  • Behave in a professional manner towards supervisors, peers, and clients
  • Be respectful and appreciative with colleagues
  • Effectively collaborate with others
  • Demonstrate an understanding of all counseling site and course policies and procedures
  • Complete all course and site-specific work or tasks correctly and promptly
  • Demonstrate emotional stability (congruence between mood and affect) and self-control (i.e. impulse control) in relationships with supervisors, peers, and clients
  • Attend to ethical and legal responsibilities, including ACA code of ethics and Jefferson Code of Academic Integrity
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, fairness, confidentiality, and respect for others.
  • Demonstrate awareness of own impact on others
  • Demonstrate ability to deal with conflict.
  • Demonstrate flexibility in responding to changing demands within the professional and interpersonal environment
  • Engage in self-reflection by using various forms of feedback including assessment and supervision
  • Demonstrate ability to be present and "true to ones-self"
  • Accept responsibility for personal actions and behaviors