Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
Admission into the program occurs in the summer, fall, and spring semesters. A decision is made about admission only when all required credentials have been submitted. The faculty encourages prospective students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

The following are criteria for admission:

  1. A completed application form, with a non-refundable application fee

  2. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  3. An undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 2.75. Applicants who have completed graduate level courses must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their graduate courses

  4. Two current professional or academic letters of recommendation

  5. An interview with the program director, an on-site writing sample, and a recommendation for admission.

Degree Requirements

  1. Comply with the general requirements concerning graduate study at the master’s degree level

  2. Enroll in graduate study at Rider for no fewer than two academic semesters or the equivalent thereof

  3. Complete at least 36–39 semester hours of graduate credit

  4. Complete a guided field experience unless admitted with a year of full-time work

  5. Successfully pass a written comprehensive examination

  6. Maintain a GPA of “B” (3.0) or better for work submitted for the master’s degree

  7. Complete the program within six years of the date the student enrolled in his/her first course unless an extension is approved by the Department of Graduate Education, Leadership, and Counseling.