Admissions for Applied Psychological Science MA/MS
Requirements for Admission
The MS/MA program in Applied Psychological Science admits students once per year in the fall of each year with an application deadline of March 1 for subsequent fall enrollment. For priority application review, please submit your application by February 14. If you submit your application by February 14, your application fee of $40 will be waived. Complete applications (to be considered for admission) include the following:
- Official Academic Transcript(s): All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours of letter-grade work earned before receipt of a Bachelor's (plus any previously completed graduate or professional work) is required.
- The program also requires the following prerequisite courses: Introduction to Psychology, Quantitative and Statistical Methods. The following courses are recommended: Personality, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Experimental / Research Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and Social Psychology. Applicants may be admitted with prerequisite course in progress. However all prerequisite courses must be completed with passing grades of "C" or higher before an admitted student can matriculate into the program.
- Departmental application
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from non-related individuals familiar with the student’s scholarly work and/or relevant work experience
- Resume/curriculum vita that includes prior experience in research or clinical areas, awards, and scholarships
- A statement of interest (1-2 pages) which conveys the student’s background and previous experience including why they believe themself a good candidate for our program. Within this statement of interest, the student should detail any relevant interests and why they want to pursue graduate study within the specialty indicated on their application.
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 Masters program but is a requirement to apply to the PsyD program.
Our Admissions Decisions Consider Many Factors
- 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
For International Students
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). Please see the web site at http://www.wes.org for more information. The credentials evaluation must be received in our Admissions office by the application deadline to ensure consideration of your application.
Transfer of Credits
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.
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.