Chestnut Hill College
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Chestnut Hill College, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1924, is an independent Catholic institution that fosters equality through education and welcomes women and men of all backgrounds. The School of Graduate Studies provides a quality education that takes into equal account the academic, professional, and personal needs of both women and men. The programs prepare adult students for professions in applied technology, counseling psychology, education, holistic spirituality/spiritual direction or health care, and administration of human services. A doctoral degree in clinical psychology (Psy.D.) is also offered. The aim of these graduate programs is to graduate professionals who are skilled, ethical, knowledgeable, and confident practitioners in their respective fields.

With classes primarily in the evening and on weekends, the School of Graduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College caters to the needs of the working professional. Ordinarily, degree programs must be completed within six years of matriculation. Within that time frame, students can choose their own pace for most programs; some opt to study full-time, while others take one or two courses per semester. Small classes and a welcoming atmosphere make Chestnut Hill College an excellent choice for traditional students as well as working professionals and those who wish to change careers.

The Location and Community
Chestnut Hill College is located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, easily accessible to all of the Philadelphia neighborhoods, outlying areas, and adjoining states. It is also near numerous cultural, athletic, and recreational activities in the region. The campus has a suburban feel, while remaining accessible through public transportation and major routes.

Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
The School of Graduate Studies of Chestnut Hill College offers master's degree and certificate programs in counseling psychology, education, applied technology, holistic spirituality/spiritual direction or health care, and administration of human services.

The school also offers a Psy.D. in clinical psychology, state certification programs, and a variety of post-master's programs. The M.A. and M.S. programs in counseling psychology and human services include specializations in child and adolescent therapy, marriage and family therapy, trauma studies, and addictions counseling or students may opt for a generalist curriculum. These programs prepare students for licensure in Pennsylvania and other states. Post-master's certificates are available in all areas of specialization. The Doctor of Clinical Psychology program is open to the applicant who has a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field. For applicants with a bachelor's degree in psychology, the combined M.S./Psy.D. program is available. All programs offered by the Department of Professional Psychology are practitioner based and classes are taught by faculty members who are actively working in the field.

Master's-level courses are also offered on the DeSales University campus in Center Valley, Pennsylvania. The Education Department offers the M.Ed. in elementary education, early childhood education, and educational leadership (with principal certification). Students may also opt for state certification programs: elementary education, elementary education with certification in special education, early childhood education, and various secondary education areas. Reading specialist and principal certification programs are available for qualified applicants. A Montessori specialization certification (AMS) is also offered. The majority of courses in the educational leadership program are offered in the distance/on-site format. The applied technology program offers an M.S. and various certificates in applied technology. The program in educational applications is designed for teachers and other instructional technology specialists who are eager to develop the technical skills and conceptual framework necessary for the appropriate use of technology in the learning environment. The education and technology program helps teachers develop new leadership skills and expertise in the use of technology in the achievement of curricular goals and applications of constructivist principles to today's changing classroom. The instructional design and leadership and technology programs are designed for students involved in technology who are challenged by cultural and technological changes. The goal of its specializations is the preparation of professionals to assume leadership roles in the transformation of their work environments. The majority of course work for these programs is offered through a distance/on-site format.

The M.A. programs in holistic spirituality include holistic spirituality/spiritual direction, holistic spirituality/health care, and several certificate programs: spiritual direction, health care, specialized study in spirituality, and applied spirituality (post-master's). Each of the programs combines academic rigor with experiential learning in ways that promote the integration of theory and practice. The holistic spirituality program presents an annual summer Festival of Spirituality featuring nationally known theologians in public lectures, extended conversations, and intensive course formats. Each summer's festival is designed to advance the relationships between spirituality and the Bible, justice issues, and/or ecological concerns. The M.S. program in administration of human services combines courses in management, public policy, and social issues to prepare students for supervisory and leadership positions in health and human-service organizations. With an emphasis on social change and diversity, this degree provides a comprehensive knowledge base about organizations, their philosophy and structure, and the specialized services that are provided. This program is offered in an accelerated format. Certificates are also avaiable.

Facilities & Resources
Chestnut Hill College provides access to state-of-the-art hardware and software in five computer labs and a new building offering computer access from every workstation. The Logue Library offers an electronic research center, an online catalog, and nearly 140,000 volumes on three floors of open stacks. Among the electronic resources are ERIC, PsychINFO, LexisNexis, ProQuestReligion, JSTOR, EBSCOhost Elite, and Wilson OmniFile Mega, MLA. Specialized psychology demonstration rooms are available for live observation and taping of clinical sessions. Studio T.V. labs are used by the applied technology program; video editing and specialized multimedia development labs are used by other graduate programs.

Expenses and Aid
Tuition is $585 per credit for the administration of human services and holistic spirituality; $575 per credit for the education program; $590 for insructional technology, and clinical & counseling psychology; and $815 per credit for the doctoral program in clinical psychology.

Financial Aid:
Chestnut Hill College offers a limited number of graduate assistantships for students at the master's and doctoral levels. The majority of students finance their education through student loans and work reimbursement arrangements. The Financial Aid Office is available to assist students with the loan application process. Some graduate programs (education and holistic spirituality) offer a discounted tuition to teachers and those in church-affiliated ministry.

Housing/Living Expenses:
A variety of urban and suburban housing options are available within an easy commute to the campus.

How to Apply / Application
Applications for all programs are considered on a rolling admissions basis. Master's degree students may begin in any semester: fall, spring, or summer. Psy.D. and M.S./Psy.D. classes begin in the fall. All applicants are evaluated on the basis of the entire application packet, which includes the application, transcripts of all previous college study, three letters of recommendation, MAT or GRE General Test scores (PPST scores for education), and a statement of professional goals. Special admission requirements apply to Psy.D. and M.S./Psy.D. programs. Interviews with department chairs are required; interviews with the director of graduate admissions are available.

International Students
Chestnut Hill College welcomes applications from qualified international students. International students must satisfy all admissions requirements and procedures, submit a complete set of credentials in English translation, and demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Chestnut Hill College requires international students to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

The Office of International Student Services provides the following initial and ongoing services for students in the School of Undergraduate Studies, the School of Continuing Studies and the School of Graduate Studies:

Who to Contact
For master's program information and application:
Director of Graduate Admissions
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118-2693



Fax: 215-248-7161


For Psy.D. and M.S./Psy.D. program information and application:
Director of Psy.D. Admissions
Chestnut Hill College
9601 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19118-2693



Fax: 215-248-7155


The Faculty

• Note: Research interests of the Psy.D. faculty members are available on the Web at Information on the entire faculty can be found at

• David Arena, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Psy.D., Widener.

• Richard W. Black, Assistant Professor of Education; Ed.D., Temple.

• David Borsos, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Temple.

• Scott W. Browning, Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Berkeley.

• Michele Burns, Director of Montessori Teacher Education Program; M.Ed., AMS, Chestnut Hill.

• Dominic Cotugno, Assistant Professor of Education; Ed.D., Temple.

• Margery Covello, Assistant Professor of Education; Ed.D., Immaculata.

• Carolynne Ervin, Coordinator of Spiritual Direction Practicum; M.A., Creighton.

• Mary Kay Flannery, S.S.J., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies; D.Min., Catholic Theological Union.

• Melanie Cohen-Goodman, Assistant Professor of Education; Ph.D., Temple.

• Elaine R. Green, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair, Administration of Human Services; Ed.D., Temple.

• Barbara Hogan, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Coordinator, Holistic Spirituality and Health Care; Ph.D., Temple.

• Jessica Kahn, Associate Professor of Education; Ph.D., Pennsylvania.

• Honor Keirans, S.S.J., Associate Professor of Education; Ed.D., Temple.

• Thomas E. Klee, Associate Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Temple.

• Mary M. Lindsay, S.S.J., Coordinator of Master's Field Placements; Ph.D., Temple.

• Louise A. Mayock, S.N.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Technology; M.T.S., Catholic University; Ed.D., Pennsylvania.

• Susan McGroarty, Assistant Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Pennsylvania.

• Patrick W. McGuffin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Chair, Division of Psychology and Department of Professional Psychology; Ph.D., Temple.

• Joseph A. Micucci, Professor of Psychology; Ph.D., Minnesota.

• Catherine Nerney, S.S.J., Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Ph.D., Catholic University.

• Carol M. Pate, Assistant Professor of Education and Chair, Education Department; Ed.D., Indiana.

• Cheryll Rothery-Jackson, Director of Clinical Training; Psy.D., Rutgers.

• Ralph E. Swan, Assistant Professor of Applied Technology; Ph.D., Pennsylvania.

• Margaret H. Vogelson, Professor of Education; Ph.D., Temple.

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