Admissions Requirements

Application & Admissions Requirements

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Master of Arts in Process-Oriented Facilitation & Conflict Studies (MAPOF):

Application Requirements:

To apply to this program, the applicant must submit the following:

  • A completed online application form.  The form includes details about the application materials and how to submit them.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation may be from a teacher, supervisor, work colleague, employer, or peer.  Recommendations from PWI’s Outreach and Admissions Coordinator or the candidate’s personal therapist will not be accepted. The reference form can be downloaded in MS Word format here. The referee should send the recommendation letter directly to PWI at registrar@processwork.org.  
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the school to the PWI registrar to demonstrate that the student meets the Bachelor’s degree admission requirement.
    • Note: If transcripts are in a language other than English, they need to be translated by a certified translator and the translations sent with the originals. As explained below, transcripts from non-U.S. accredited institutions must be independently verified for U.S. equivalency before enrollment in the program.
  • Essay describing the applicant’s calling to pursue this program. The application form provides additional guidelines.
  • An application fee of $100 made out to PWI and submitted at the time of your application.
  • Non-native English speakers need to provide documentation of English speaking writing skills.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree: all applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited school.
  • Note for non-U.S. residents in particular: If the applicant’s undergraduate hours or degree were granted by a non-U.S. institution, transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor degree by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or another authorized credential evaluation service. Transcripts must be translated by a professional translator fluent in the language of the transcript. To be considered for a student visa, applicants must also certify that they have the necessary finances available for one year of the program.
  • Prospective international students are cautioned that a U.S. bachelor’s degree is an award that requires at least 4 years of full-time equivalent college-level work.  In some countries a Bachelor degree may be awarded for 3 years of full-time study, however this will not usually be equivalent to the U.S. Bachelor degree, otherwise known as the baccalaureate credential.  
  • English language competency. The Master of Arts program requires a high degree of verbal participation because of its experiential learning style. As a result, non-native English speakers need to be conversant in spoken and written English, as demonstrated by the following minimum scores:
    • 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT)
    • 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
    • 5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS)
    • 50 on the PTE Academic Score Report.
    • Or, Alternatively:
      • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
      • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
      • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” or higher at an appropriately accredited/recognized accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English; “B” or higher for Master’s, First Professional Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree.
      • A transcript indicating a grade of “C” or higher in an English composition course from an appropriately-accredited/recognized college or university; “B” or higher for Master’s, First Professional Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree.
Interview

If the written application shows that the applicant fulfills the requirements of the MAPOF program, they will be invited to an interview with the admissions committee. In this interview, the admissions committee will discuss with the applicant their prior experience in Processwork, sense of calling, readiness, and ability to enter the program, and resources available to complete the program. The interview also gives the applicant the opportunity to ascertain whether the MAPOF program is the best learning environment for them. Within a week of the interview, the admissions committee will notify the applicant of its decision.

Postgraduate Certificate in Advanced Process-Oriented Facilitation (Advanced Certificate):

Application Requirements:

To apply to this program, the applicant must submit the following information:

  • A completed online application form.  The form includes details about the application materials and how to submit them.
  • A curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from a Processwork diplomate. The reference template can be downloaded in MS Word format here. The referee should send the recommendation letter directly to PWI at registrar@processwork.edu.  
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the school to the PWI registrar to demonstrate that the student meets the Bachelor’s degree admission requirement.
    • Note: If transcripts are in a language other than English, they need to be translated by a certified translator and the translations sent with the originals. As explained below, transcripts from non-U.S. accredited institutions must be independently verified for U.S. equivalency before enrollment in the program.
  • Essay describing the applicant’s calling to pursue this program. The application form provides additional guidelines.
  • An application fee of $100 made out to PWI and submitted at the time of your application.
  • Non-native English speakers need to provide documentation of English speaking writing skills.

Admissions Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree: all applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an appropriately accredited school. Note for non-U.S. residents in particular: If the applicant’s undergraduate hours or degree were granted by a non-U.S. institution, transcripts must be evaluated for equivalency to a U.S. Bachelor degree by the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or another authorized credential evaluation service. Transcripts must be translated by a professional translator fluent in the language of the transcript. To be considered for a student visa, applicants must also certify that they have the necessary finances available for one year of the program.
  • English language competency.The Advanced Certificate program requires a high degree of verbal participation because of its experiential learning style. As a result, non-native English speakers need to provide evidence of spoken and written English ability.  PWI may require evidence of the following minimum achievement levels: 
  • A minimum score of 
    • 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL PBT) 
    • 71 on the Internet Based Test (iBT)
    • 6.5 on the International English Language Test (IELTS) 
    • 50 on the PTE Academic Score ReportOr, alternatively, 
    • A minimum grade of Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test. 
  • A minimum grade of Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam.
  • A transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit with an average grade of “C” or higher at an appropriately accredited/recognized accredited college or university where the language of instruction was English; “B” or higher for Master’s, First Professional Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree. 
  • A transcript indicating a grade of “C” or higher in an English composition course from an appropriately-accredited/recognized college or university; “B” or higher for Master’s, First Professional Degree, or Professional Doctoral Degree.
  • Evidence of Readiness for Advanced Training, as described in the following section. 
Evidence of Readiness for Advanced Training in Process-Oriented Facilitation

Admission to the Advanced Certificate requires previous foundational training in Processwork or process-oriented facilitation or process-oriented psychology, and the following additional admission procedures are used to determine the student’s readiness for the advanced program of study.

The International Association of Process-Oriented Psychology (IAPOP) has an established mid-point review standard, also called Phase I exams by some schools.  Admission to the Advanced Certificate is based on this skill and knowledge level. In general, mid-point study is equivalent to the time spent in an MAPOF or MACF program. Approximately 600 class hours or workshop hours, at least 20 hours of personal therapy or coaching, and 40 hour of supervision are the approximate equivalents of the mid-point status. However, PWI recognizes some students will come from self-guided study of process-oriented facilitation and Processwork. Others will have graduated with an MA degree from a process-oriented MA program. Because of the diversity of different training programs in the world and the different pathways students may have taken to get to the mid-point level of process-oriented skills, the admissions process for the Advanced Certificate offers different options for demonstrating Evidence of Readiness and qualifying for an admissions interview for the program.

All students requesting admission to the Advanced Certificate program must complete the online application and submit the application packet as specified above.  In addition, all applicants must supply Evidence of Readiness depending on their circumstances, as described in the options below.

  • Graduated from PWI Masters Degrees: Applicants with an existing MA degree from PWI do not require further skills or knowledge assessment and are eligible for interview if all the application materials are submitted satisfactorily. This includes graduates of the MA in Process-Oriented facilitation (MAPOF), the MA in Conflict Facilitation (MACF) and students that were in the MA in Processwork program (MAPW) that took their mid-point exams and were in the program a minimum of two years. Having achieved those degrees or status qualifies the student for a review of their application and the interview process.
  • International Association of Process-Oriented Psycholoy (IAPOP) Mid-Point Review/Phase II Students: Applicants with a mid-point or Phase I exam “passed exams” status from an IAPOP approved school, do not require further skills or knowledge assessment and are eligible for interview if all the application materials are submitted.  The applicant should submit official exam results from the school and provide consent for PWI to contact the school for a referral.
  • Applicants from Self-Guided Paths: Applicants that have been studying Processwork or process-oriented psychology or process-oriented facilitation on a self-guided path, and have not passed mid-point exams will require additional documentation of their skill level before they can be offered an admissions interview for the Advanced Certificate program. There are two paths for this type of assessment:
    1. If a student has or had study committee members that are IAPOP approved diplomates, and these study committee members have observed their progress directly, then study committee members may submit recommendation letters based on their assessment of the student’s skill level.  The student should have reached the equivalent of IAPOP Phase I exam skill level to be recommended for the Advanced Certificate. Two study committee members must both recommend admissions to the Advanced Certificate program, before the student can be offered an admissions interview. These recommendations only qualify the student for the application and interview process. Further assessment is then made by the admissions committee. The admissions committee may decide to allow the student direct access in to the Advanced Certificate, based on the strength of the study committee recommendations, or refer the student for a required “determination of skill level assessment” (DSLA), as defined below.
    2. If the student has not been working with a study committee and yet has significant study in process-oriented psychology or facilitation, the student may directly request a determination of skill level assessment (DSLA) to provide Evidence of Readiness.

Determination of skill level assessment (DSLA)

The DSLA may be done via video conference or in person at PWI. The DLSA is completed by one of three faculty members designated for these assessments. The faculty use the DSLA standards checklist to provide validity and reliability of standards for the DSLA process. The DSLA assesses students in the three core areas of skill development: individual, relationship, and group facilitation. Students requesting the DSLA complete a review document of their progress and learning up to this point in process-oriented work, and must sign a consent form allowing the faculty involved in the DSLA to give them feedback about their work.

Interview

If the written application shows that the applicant fulfills the requirements of the Advanced Certificate program, they will be invited to an interview with the admissions committee. In this interview, the admissions committee will discuss with the applicant their prior experience and education preparing them for facilitation, readiness, and ability to enter the program, and resources available to complete the program. The interview also gives the applicant the opportunity to ascertain whether the Advanced Certificate program is the best learning environment for them. Within a week of the interview, the registrar will notify the applicant of the decision.

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