The Postgraduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Care program has separate admission requirements, deadlines, and application processes.

Admission Requirements

*The undergraduate degree does not have to be in the field of psychology, but students applying to certificate programs must have a master's or doctoral degree in the mental health field

Application Schedule & Deadlines

  • Application Deadline: October 1
  • In-person Interview: October 29
  • Virtual Interview: November 5
  • Enrollment Deposit Due: November 26
  • Orientation/Registration Event: December 3
  • Semester Start: January 13, 2025
  • Application Deadline: Febuary 1
  • In-person Interview: February 24
  • Virtual Interview: March 4
  • Enrollment Deposit Due: March 21
  • Orientation/Registration Event: April 2
  • Semester Start: May 5, 2025

*For those applying to start in the fall we have an early admission deadline and regular admission deadline:

Early Admission

  • Application Deadline: February 1
  • In-person Interview: TBA
  • Virtual Interview: TBA
  • Enrollment Deposit Due: April 1
  • Orientation/Registration Event: TBA
  • Semester Start: August 25, 2025

Regular Admission

  • Application Deadline: May 1
  • Virtual Interviews: TBA
  • Enrollment Deposit Due: July 2
  • Orientation/Registration Event: TBA
  • Semester Start: Aug 25, 2025

Applications are accepted throughout the year, so apply now to meet the next available application deadline. All application items must be received by the deadline for you to be considered in the review process.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Online

    Create an account with a username and password and complete the Graduate School of Counseling online application. It's free to apply.

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  2. Request an official transcript from every regionally accredited college or university where you completed even a single course.

    Electronic transcripts are preferred for speed and accuracy. They must be sent directly from the institution to If an electronic option is not available, unopened official transcripts can be sent via mail to:

    Office of Admissions
    George Fox University
    414 N Meridian Street #6089
    Newberg, OR 97132
  3. Submit one academic and one professional recommendation. An academic recommender is a professor that had you in class. A professional recommender is anyone who has been in a supervisory role over you and not a personal friend, co-worker, or family member. 

    If you have been out of school for three years or more, you can choose to submit a second professional recommendation instead of the academic recommendation.

    It is important to send the correct form to the corresponding recommender type (academic versus professional). Applicants will submit recommenders' email addresses through the online application. Recommenders will receive a link to the online form that will attach itself directly to the application.

    Please reach out with any questions to your admissions counselor:

Once Your Application is Complete

All application items must be received by the application deadline in order to be considered for an interview. The group interview is by invitation only.

We offer two different interview formats: in-person at the university's Portland Center, and virtually, over Zoom. 

The admissions committee considers each information provided in the application as well as participation in the group interview as part of the admissions decision. The group interview involves a combination of group discussion, role play, one on one interview and an essay.

After Acceptance

If you are admitted to the Graduate School of Counseling, you are required to submit a non-refundable $200 enrollment deposit by the date provided.

This deposit guarantees your place in the program and typically covers the graduation fee applied to your student account in the last semester of your degree program.

Please review the Student Accounts website related to the enrollment deposit. If you will be requesting transfer credit, then you need to submit syllabi for relevant courses to the Graduate School of Counseling after admission.

Financial Aid

For information about financial aid for graduate program students, please review the Financial Aid website for details or contact your admissions counselor.


Kelly Peterson

Kelly Peterson

Admissions Counselor, Graduate Counseling Programs