How to Apply for the Applied Psychological Science Program

MA in Applied Psychological Science: How To Apply


The Pacific University School of Graduate Psychology Application for Fall 2021 is now OPEN!


Application Deadlines



Important Resources

APS Open Houses

Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST

Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 5:30pm - 7:00pm PST 

Registration for our Fall Open Houses is now CLOSED.



Rolling Admissions

Preferred Deadline: February 1, 2021

Final Deadline for guaranteed Fall 2021 Review: March 1, 2021

Extended Rolling Admissions Deadline for Fall 2021: May 3, 2021

Our application process is based on rolling admissions meaning we start to make decisions as applications come in and interviews are completed in the Spring.

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Winter and Spring 2021

By invitation

Start of Program

Orientation is late August with classes beginning September 2021. 

APS Curriculum



*The admissions process is operated on a rolling admission basis, which means the program reviews and makes admission decisions as complete applications are received. It is beneficial to submit your application as soon as possible.

*Application fee waived until February 1st if you place code "APS2021" in fee waiver box located on the payment page of the application.

Complete applications (to be considered for admission) include the following:

  • Departmental application: Fill out the application, following all instructions.
  • 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 preferred.
  • We do not require the GRE.
  • 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 courses in progress. All prerequisite courses must be completed with grade of "C" or higher and taken on a graded basis unless the course was switched to pass-fail grading by an institution in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic before an admitted student can matriculate into the program.
  • Two (2) 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 (2-3 pages) which conveys the student’s background and previous experience including why they believe them self 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.

The APS Program is aligned with SGP's mission and desire to achieve full diversity representation in its student body and strongly encourages individuals from underrepresented and underserved populations to apply.

Please contact Carmel Nicol with questions at


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Carmel Nicol | Assistant Director of Graduate & Professional Admissions 
503-352-7226 |