Admissions FAQ | Applied Psychological Science

The MS/MA program in applied psychological science admits students once in the fall of each year for enrollment. Please refer to the How To Apply section for the application and instructions. Contact Abby Boardman with questions at abbyboardman@pacificu.edu or 503-352-7229.

 

Applied Psychological Science Admissions Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you require a bachelor's degree?

A bachelor's degree must be completed before beginning the program.

Do you require the GRE?

The GRE is not required to apply to the master's program but is a requirement to apply to the PsyD program.

How do I know if I am a competitive applicant?

Our admissions committee considers many factors, including:

  • Strength and breadth of academic record
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a four-point scale is desired. Those who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA, but show other evidence of high potential are encouraged to apply. (Applicants may demonstrate their academic potential by taking the Graduate Record Exam.)
  • Applied and research experience
  • Essay responses
  • Strength of letters of evaluation
  • Content of application forms and the care with which they have been prepared

I am an international applicant. What do I need to do?

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for those for whom English is not the native language. Minimum score for paper test is 600; computer test, 250, internet test 100.

If you attended a non-US or non-Canadian college, university, or graduate school, a course-by-course evaluation of your international college and university transcripts is required. There are several third-party organizations that provide this service to international students, but we prefer WES (World Education Services). More information is available at the World Education Services website. The credentials evaluation must be received in our Admissions Office by the application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.

If I am reapplying, what do I need to do?

Reapplicants will need to fill out another application with updated letters of recommendation, a reapplicant essay, and updated transcripts or work experience if applicable. Reapplicants are strongly encouraged to make a phone appointment with the admissions counselor to discuss the application prior to submitting a new application. You can contact Abby Boardman at abbyboardman@pacificu.edu or 503-352-7229.

Am I able to transfer from my current Master's program to the Applied Psychological Science program?

Post-baccalaureate work at the graduate level in psychology taken at an accredited university may be evaluated for transfer. An "A" grade must have been achieved and the course instructor and the director of academic issues must determine that the content of the course (based on syllabus documentation) was appropriate through review of the Transfer of Credit Application. A maximum of 10 credits may be transferred from other schools provided these were earned after award of a bachelors degree from an accredited program and within the four years immediately preceding admission to the school. Practicum and internship credits are not transferable.

Do you require a background check?

Applicants are advised that criminal background checks are required by the university. This check is required to determine the student's qualification to provide services and takes place after admission and deposit. A criminal record may disqualify a previously admitted student. In addition, drug screenings will be required prior to the start of clinical placements.