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Application Requirements, Human Sexuality Studies

Below, you will find an overview of the application requirements for all degree programs offered through the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS). A list of all required application materials can be found on the Graduate Admissions’ page. 

Contact Graduate Admissions with any questions about the admissions process.

Degree Programs Admissions Process

Master of Education (MEd) Degree Program

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher at the bachelor’s level
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Complete Widener online application
  • Resume
  • Professional Goals Statement
  • Personal Statement
  • Three letters of recommendation: two academic and one professional/volunteer
  • Official transcripts from all completed undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Personal or group interview (scheduled after receipt and review of completed application) 

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree Program


Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health


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, with the exception of the online MSW/MEd program. 

The CHSS admissions committee looks at all application materials with equal weight.  While we recommend a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5, we examine the full application and consider the educational contexts of each applicant.  The better quality your application materials are, the better your chances of acceptance to the program.

You can still gain acceptance to the program with a graduate GPA that is lower than 3.5 if other parts of your application stand out, 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 sexuality and recommendations that speak highly of your academic and professional abilities. Applicants’ emotional maturity and stability, as well as a capacity for relating to and working with other people, also greatly influence our admissions decisions.

Our admissions process is for the fall term only, with the exception of the online MSW/MEd program.

Interdisciplinary Programs Admission Process

If you are applying to one of the interdisciplinary programs with social work, clinical psychology, or counselor education, review the information below carefully and contact those programs for more information on their application criteria and review policies. If you are applying to one of the interdisciplinary programs, you must fulfill the application requirements of both departments.

Social Work & Human Sexuality Studies

You may submit one online application and set of supporting documents following the admissions criteria for your CHSS degree program for both the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and the Center for Social Work Education. On the online application, 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 4 of the online application. 

Clinical Psychology & Human Sexuality Studies

For the PsyD/MEd interdisciplinary program, applicants need to apply through the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology's web page. Follow the prompts for the dual degree carefully, and include a copy of your most current resume. Students are interviewed and accepted individually by each program. 

School Counseling & Human Sexuality Studies

You must apply separately to the counselor education program in the Center for Education and the Center for Human Sexuality Studies and submit separate supporting documents, although transcripts can be shared. Be sure to follow the separate application procedures required by both programs.