Admission to the M.A. Program

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology; or with any other undergraduate major;
    1. Score at least at the 50th percentile on the GRE advanced test in psychology;
      • OR
    2. Satisfy the graduate admissions committee of the Department of Psychology that a satisfactory course of study has been pursued in preparation for graduate study in psychology;
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 ("B") overall and in the major;
  3. Submission of scores for the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Examination (for the General-Experimental Psychology program only);
  4. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  5. A brief statement describing preparation for graduate study (e.g., research experience, academic accomplishments), the goals of graduate study and professional aspirations, to be submitted to the department;
  6. Three letters of recommendation, with at least two from former professors. Letters should come directly from the writers or be included in a placement file. (It is the applicant's responsibility to determine if letters have been received.);
  7. Satisfaction of the prerequisites or their equivalent:
    • PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology
    • PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics
    • PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
Students who meet the general requirements of the university for admission to graduate study, but who do not meet the Psychology Department's specific requirements for admission to classified status or who wish to take course work prior to spring quarter consideration of their application for classified status, may be admitted to the university in the unclassified postbaccalaureate status. Unclassified postbaccalaureate students may enroll, with consent of the Psychology Department, in selected graduate courses.

For more information please visit our website. Department of Psychology