Admissions Information

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) seeks a diverse student body from a wide variety of academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. Evaluation of an applicant's potential for successfully participating in graduate and professional work will be based holistically on all materials submitted as part of the application process, as well as our interactions with you during the required Admissions Day event.

CHSS Admission Criteria

A list of all required application materials can be found on Graduate Admissions’ Application Requirements page. Contact Graduate Admissions with any questions about the admissions process.

Master of Education (MEd) Degree Program

  • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher at the bachelor’s level
  • Widener’s online application
  • Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Three letters of recommendation: two academic, one professional/volunteer
  • Submission of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • A professional and personal goals statement
  • An autobiographical essay
  • Attendance of an Admissions Day (scheduled after receipt and review of completed application)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program

  • A master’s degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher at the graduate level
  • Widener’s online application
  • Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Three letters of recommendation: two academic, one professional/volunteer
  • Submission of scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
  • A professional and personal goals statement
  • An autobiographical essay
  • Attendance of an Admissions Day (scheduled after receipt and review of completed application)

The CHSS admissions committee looks at all application materials with equal weight. There is not one particular GRE/MAT score that we look for in a promising student. The better quality your application materials are, the better your chances of acceptance to the program.

You still have a good chance of gaining acceptance to the program even with a GRE/MAT score that is lower than those of some other applicants if there are other standout parts of your application indicating your potential as a successful graduate student and future professional. These include well-written essays that clearly articulate your interests in the field of sexology, and recommendations that speak highly of your academic and professional abilities. Applicants’ emotional maturity and stability, as well as their capacity for relating to and working with other people, also greatly influence our admissions decisions.

Application Deadlines and Submission

Application deadlines and procedures are listed by Graduate Admissions.

Once your application is complete, our faculty will review your qualifications for a possible invite to interview with our program. Our admissions process is for the Fall term, only.

See Graduate Admissions’ Application Procedures for information on how to submit your application materials. Contact Graduate Admissions with any questions about the admissions process.

Admissions Days

Applicants may be invited, based on their qualifications, to participate in one of our Admissions Days, which include informational sessions, lunch with program faculty, and group activities.

Participation in the invitation-only Admissions Day is necessary to gain admission to the program. If an applicant is unable to attend his/her assigned Admissions Day, the applicant has the option to be considered for one of the other available days.

There is no guarantee, however, that we will be able to accommodate a request for a change in Admissions Day attendance. Additionally, applicants are not able to choose their Admissions Day.

Students applying to one of the interdisciplinary programs will be required to interview with each department, separately. Our departments will work to coordinate dates and times, although a single campus visit is not guaranteed.

Interdisciplinary Programs Admission Process

Students applying to the interdisciplinary programs with Social Work, Clinical Psychology, and Counselor Education should contact those programs for more information on their application criteria and review policies. Students applying to the interdisciplinary programs must fulfill the application requirements of both departments.

Social Work & Human Sexuality Studies

One online application and set of supporting documents following the admissions criteria for your CHSS degree program may be submitted for both the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Center for Social Work Education. On the online application, be sure to choose the interdisciplinary program option for your “primary program” under your “area of study.” For your Autobiographical and Professional & Personal Goals statements, please follow the prompts found on page four of the online application.

Clinical Psychology & Human Sexuality Studies

Students must apply separately to the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology and the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, and submit most supporting documents separately, although transcripts and GRE scores can be shared. Be sure to follow the separate application procedures required by both programs.

School Counseling & Human Sexuality Studies

Students must apply separately to the Counselor Education program in the School of Education, Innovation, & Continuing Studies and the Center for Human Sexuality Studies, and submit separate supporting documents, although transcripts and GRE scores can be shared. Be sure to follow the separate application procedures required by both programs.