Houston Graduate School of Theology

DPC Admission Requirements


Admissions Requirements - Doctor of Professional Counseling

Students applying for the Doctor of Professional Counseling (DPC) degree must have earned a Master of Arts in Counseling degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, these applicants must have had three years of experience in the field after achieving the DPC. Following are the specific steps in applying to the DPC degree program:

  • Doctoral application - include application fee of $100 on or before the deadline and $150 after the deadline

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended sent directly to HGST from each institution

  • Reference forms (supervisor, colleague, and academic)

  • DPC admission questions

  • Copy of State licensure, with expiration date

  • Background check

  • Proof of liability insurance

A TOEFL score is required if English is not the student’s primary language (our institution code is 0017). Students must score at least 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).