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Undergraduate

Undergraduate Application Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree Completion programs start twice a year in fall and spring. You may submit your application any time during the year. However, to ensure that space is available, it is recommended that applications be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the opening seminar date. Please note: you can submit your initial application before all of your materials are complete.

 

Prerequisites
  • At least 60 completed credits at prior accredited colleges or universities to qualify for transfer to Sofia University.
  • NOTE: A maximum of 45 credit hours can be awarded through CAEL or CLEP.

    For further information, please contact the admissions office at 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342) or email admissions@sofia.edu.
Application Requirements

Application Form

Fill out the application form online or print out the application form and submit it to admissions@sofia.edu.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $55 (US dollars) is required with you application. Click here to pay through our online bursar.

​Submit Your Essay

The admissions essay is an opportunity to further introduce yourself to Sofia University. We consider the essay to be part of an ongoing conversation that we have with each applicant. The essay is three to five pages in length, typed and double spaced. Please submit your essay with this form. We ask that you address the following questions:

  • Why now? What led to your decision to finish your degree at this time?
  • What are your goals and expectations for your education?
  • What prepares and interests you about working intensively and online?
  • What is your interest in or experience with community service?
  • Why Sofia? What makes Sofia University a good fit for you and your dreams?

​Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu.

Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

​Submit All Official School Transcripts

Contact all prior accredited colleges or universities which you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent to:

Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Personal Interview

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which they are applying may take place after all application materials have been submitted.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM


Questions? Contact an admissions counselor by email at admissions@sofia.edu or by calling 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342).


Sofia University does not discriminate. All interested individuals who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply.

Graduate

Graduate Application Requirements

Sofia University provides a variety of on campus and hybrid online/face-to-face graduate programs to suit the needs of our students. In order to ensure that space is available, it is recommended that applications be submitted at least 12 weeks prior to the opening seminar date. Please note: you can submit your initial application before all of your materials are complete.

On-Campus Programs

On-campus programs begin once a year. The daytime and evening on-campus MACP program begins in July, and all other on-campus programs begin in September. You may submit your application any time during the year.

Hybrid: Face-to-Face/Online Programs

Hybrid: Online/Face-to-Face master's degree programs start in January and August, while the Ph.D. programs start in March and September. You may submit your application any time during the year.

If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor by email at admissions@sofia.edu or by calling 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342).
 

Prerequisites
  • A Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree is required with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. NOTE: If you do not meet this 3.0 requirement, you will need to submit an academic writing sample as part of your application materials.
  • For on-campus Ph.D. programs, a master’s degree in psychology or related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited college or university will be required.
  • Foundational psychology course(s) may also be required by the program chair. Prospective students may apply to any program prior to completing their prerequisites. However, their admission will be conditional, and all coursework must be completed within the time frame specified in the admissions letter. In most cases, foundational psychology courses must be completed by the start of the program.
  • Sofia University Prerequisite Courses - Sofia University offers a variety of prerequisite courses at various times throughout the year. Please download the 2013-2014 Prerequisite & Single Course Registration Form (Microsoft Word document) to select your required prerequisite course and the date. For further information about which prerequisites you might need, please contact the admissions office at 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342) or email admissions@sofia.edu.
Application Requirements

Application Form

Fill out the application form online or print out the application form and submit it to admissions@sofia.edu.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $55 (US dollars) is required with your application. You may pay by check, money order, credit card, or through our online Bursar.

Autobiography

A personal statement/autobiography outlining your journey that led you to Sofia University at this point in your life.  The minimum length of the autobiography is 5 pages and maximum is 7 pages with 1.5-line spacing.  Please include significant life events that include most of the following:

  • Childhood experience
  • Personal growth work/spiritual development
  • Significant relationships
  • Significant life events including any psychotherapeutic experiences
  • Significant educational and professional experiences
  • Experience in community or groups
  • Research or scholarly studies
  • Knowledge of transpersonal psychology​​

Goal Statement

The goal statement should be no more than two pages long and should answer the following questions:

  • What are your future goals that earning a degree from Sofia can fulfill?
  • What are your expectations of the program with respect to academic requirements, experiential work, and community environment?
  • Upon graduation, how do you plan to contribute to the greater community?
  • Ph.D. applicants - What are your research interests?
  • MACP applicants - Upon graduation, what clinical setting do you see yourself working in?
  • Low-residency/online applicants - Have you done any independent research or projects?

Professional Resume

Include a professional resume, listing your work and educational history as well as relevant volunteer or training experience.

​Writing Sample

For applicants of doctoral programs and those with a GPA below 3.0:

  • Length of paper: 5-10 pages
  • Writing must demonstrate critical thinking skills and capacity for research, preferably using APA style.
  • The paper may be a critical review of an article from a peer-reviewed psychology journal.
  • Alternatively, you may submit a paper prepared for other purposes (e.g., term paper, senior thesis, or published article) that was written within the last 5 years.

​Two Letters of Recommendation​

We require two letters of recommendation from academic and/or professional sources. Sources should be those who can comment on your academic, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and professional development. Examples of academic sources are teachers, academic advisors and/or career counselors. Examples of professional sources are work supervisors or associates. Letters of recommendation must come directly from your sources and may be either mailed in to the address (below); faxed to (650) 493-6835 to the attention of “Admissions Office”; or emailed to admissions@sofia.edu.

Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

​Submit All Official School Transcripts

Contact all prior accredited colleges or universities which you have attended and request that your transcripts be sent to:

Admissions Office
Sofia University
1069 East Meadow Circle
Palo Alto, CA 94303

TOEFL Exam (if applicable) - request scores to be sent to Sofia University

The TOEFL exam (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is required in order to demonstrate English language proficiency. An applicant must pass with a score of 600 or better for the Written Exam, 250 or better for the Computerized Exam, or 20 or better for each of the four categories in the Internet Exam. If you have attended schools outside the United States, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated by a Credential Evaluation service to determine their U.S. equivalency, preferably World Education Service (www.wes.org).
 

Foreign Transcript Evaluation (international applicants only)

Applicants submitting transcripts from outside the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of these transcripts through World Education Services (WES): http://www.wes.org.
 

Current or former Sofia students applying for advanced standing in another program

Application Form

Fill out the application form online or print out the application form and submit it to admissions@sofia.edu.

Application Fee

A non-refundable fee of $55 (US dollars) is required with your application. You may pay by check, money order, credit card, or through our online Bursar. Application fees have been waived through Oct. 31, 2013.

New Goal Statement

Submit a one-page goal statement outlining your journey that led you to pursue advanced standing in another program at Sofia University. Alternatively, you may submit a paper prepared for other purposes (e.g., term paper, senior thesis, or published article) that was written within the past 5 years.

Autobiography

Submit a 1-2 page update of your original autobiography.

Letter of Recommendation

Submit one letter of recommendation from a Sofia core faculty member or faculty mentor.

Interview

An interview with a program chair and/or faculty member from the program which you are applying may take place after all application materials have been submitted.


Please note: Once submitted, all application materials become the property of Sofia University and will not be returned, reprinted or photocopied.

ONLINE APPLICATION FORM

Questions? Contact an admissions counselor by email at admissions@sofia.edu or by calling 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342).
 

Sofia University does not discriminate. All interested individuals who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply.

International

International Student Application Requirements

Sofia University is proud to have a diverse community that welcomes international applicants.
 

Sofia University’s SEVIS code is SFR214F01051000.

 

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants submitting transcripts from outside the United States must submit a course-by-course evaluation of these transcripts through World Education Services (WES): http://www.wes.org.

English Proficiency

Students must have sufficient English language proficiency in both written and oral communication to complete studies in English. All applicants for whom English is a second language must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
The minimum required score for admission depends upon the version of the test taken. The test score submitted must have been taken within the last year. Sofia University's TOEFL school code is 9770.

  • A score of 600 or above is required on the old format written exam.
  • A score of 250 or above is required on the old format computerized exam.
  • A score of 20 is required for each of the four parts of the new exam.
  • The test score must be taken within 2 years
Proof of Financial Support
  • Federal regulations require incoming students to provide proof of financial support for one academic year prior to issuance of the paperwork for entry into the United States. Proof of financial support must be a bank record or some other certified document showing access to funds. This documentation may represent personal funds or family funds with a statement from the holder of the funds that the student may use them for educational expenses, or funds from other sources (specify type and source).
  • Refer to the current request for I-20 form for amounts required for each program.
  • The registrar will send a properly executed document upon receipt of all required information and the non-refundable enrollment deposit.
  • Please note that the deposit is charged to all students entering Sofia University and serves as confirmation of acceptance. It is not for the issuance of the entry document.
I-901 Fee

A separate fee must be paid in accordance with the published policy of the United States BCIS. See www.ice.gov/sevis to pay the I-901 fee. Payment of this fee is generally required prior to the issuance of a visa stamp by a State Department office.

Your Name

It is best to use your name exactly as it appears on your passport when completing paperwork for any government agency or for any legal document, such as a lease or driver's license. Because of the increasing cross-linking of databases, it is very important that you list your name consistently on all official documents. Check your passport to ensure it matches the name on your I-20.
 

Family name is also known in the U.S. as "last name," however, in many cultures, particularly in Asia, the family name is used first. For instance, in the U.S. an example of a common name is John Doe or Jane Doe (Doe is the Family name). In Japan, this pair might be known as Yamada Taro or Yamada Hanako (Yamada is the Family name). Of course, in informal settings such as classes, you may use whatever name you prefer.

Spouses and Dependents

A student's spouse and dependent children are allowed to enter the United States under an F-2 visa while the student is enrolled as a full-time student in an on-campus program. Please notify us in writing if you will be bringing dependents into the United States with you. You must complete a supplemental A701 Request for I-20 so that each person entering the U.S. may be issued a document. F-2 status is not available to students enrolled in a distance or low-residency degree programs.

Visas

Visas are documents issued by the U.S. Department of State that grant permission to the bearer to enter the United States. Canadian and Mexican citizens may enter the United States without a visa. Students from other countries should contact the nearest United States Consulate or Embassy to determine if a visa will be required.

Initial Entry

International students should have the following documentation with them at the time of initial entry into the United States:

  • Valid Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Form I-20
  • Acceptance Letter
  • Proof of English Proficiency (copy of TOEFL score)
  • Evidence of Financial Support
Enrollment

Students admitted to the United States with F-class status are required to maintain enrollment as a full-time student. This means that even if the program you are enrolled in permits part-time enrollment, you may not maintain your immigration status and drop to part-time enrollment. In the case of a medical or other emergency, the student may be authorized to carry a reduced load for a single quarter, but this must be documented and approved by the international student office.

Travel with the I-20

Enrolled students who travel outside the U.S. must have a current signature on Page 3 of their I-20 to reenter the U.S. We recommend traveling with a signature no older than 6 months (3 months if traveling in the Middle East). The registrar, the assistant registrar, or the dean of matriculation services, can sign the I-20. Students may enter the United States not more than 30 days prior to the start of the school session.

Extension of Stay

Students are admitted to the United States for a specific period known as the duration of status or D/S. If a student changes programs or encounters research difficulties which prevent timely completion, contact the Registrar's Office prior to the expiration of the current D/S and request an extension of stay.

Maintenance of Status

You are solely responsible for maintaining your immigration status while present in the United States.

Failure to abide by the requirements of maintaining the F class student status may result in deportation and permanent exclusion from the United States. Contact the Registrar's Office with any questions concerning your status. Always check in with the Registrar before exiting the United States or changing enrollment status.

Employment in the United States

International students should be aware that opportunities for employment of any kind while in the country on in F-1 status are severely limited under United States law. While advanced on-campus students may be eligible to participate in curricular practical training for which they may be compensated in some way or in part-time on-campus employment, it is not possible to earn money to pay for school while in the United States on a student visa. Work authorization is not possible under any circumstances for family members present in F-2 status.


Questions? Contact an admissions counselor by email at admissions@sofia.edu or by calling 1-888-98-SOFIA (1-888-987-6342).

IMPORTANT

Final authority to grant entry into the United States rests with the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS). If you visit the school and do not have your entry documents, be sure to indicate at the point of entry that you are a potential student. Failure to do so may result in your being admitted under a status that is not eligible for change at a later time. If you are admitted to the United States under a visa waiver, you will be required to return to your country of origin within 90 days. Unfortunately, no exception is possible.

 

Sofia University does not discriminate. All interested individuals who meet the admissions criteria are encouraged to apply.