Admission to the M.S. Program

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

  1. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5;
  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average in the major of 3.0 ("B");
  3. A baccalaureate degree in psychology;

    or

    one of the following:
    1. A baccalaureate degree in a major other than psychology and score at or above the 50th percentile on the Graduate Record Examination (advanced test in psychology);
    2. A baccalaureate degree in a major other than psychology, including a course of study judged, by the Psychology Department graduate admissions committee, to be satisfactory preparation for graduate study in psychology;
  4. Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  5. Submission to the department graduate admissions committee of a brief statement (one or two typewritten pages) of the student's preparation for graduate study, goals in a graduate training program and professional aspirations following receipt of the master's degree;
  6. Submission of three letters of recommendation from people who are in a position to make relevant comments on the student's likely success in a graduate psychology program. At least two of these letters should be from former professors who are familiar with the student's scholarly activities.

For students seeking admission in the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Option, the following also are required for classified status:

  1. Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
    1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology
    2. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics
      • or
      • SCM 210. Applied Business Statistics
    3. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
    • The following courses (or equivalent) are recommended:
    1. PSYC 302. Management and Organizational Behavior or MGMT 302. Management and Organizational Behavior
    2. PSYC 355. Industrial Psychology or MGMT 455. Human Resources Management
    3. PSYC 377. Tests and Measurements

For students seeking admission in the Counseling Option, the following also are required for classified status:

  1. Completion of the following prerequisite courses or their equivalent:
    1. PSYC 100. Introduction to Psychology
    2. PSYC 210. Psychological Statistics
    3. PSYC 311. Introduction to Experimental Psychology
    4. PSYC 377. Tests and Measurements
    5. PSYC 385. Personality

      or

      PSYC 386. Introduction to Psychotherapy
    6. PSYC 390. Abnormal 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 winter quarter consideration of their application for classified status, may be admitted to the university in the unclassified postbaccalaureate status. Unclassified postbaccalaureate students may enroll, when space is available, in selected graduate courses, with the instructor's approval.

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