How to Apply for the Applied Psychological Science Program

Application Timeline for Fall 2022



Important Resources

APS Open Houses

Our Fall 2021 Open Houses have concluded. Should you wish to learn more about our program, please reach out to Carmel Nicol.




Our Fall of 2022 application is OPEN on PSYCAS!

Preferred Deadline: Friday, January 14, 2022

Final Deadline for guaranteed Fall 2022 Review: March 1, 2022

*Rolling Admissions: Our program is based on rolling admissions after the final deadline. See description below.



Winter 2021 and Spring 2022

By invitation

Start of Program

Orientation is late August with classes beginning September 2022. 

APS Curriculum


Rolling Admissions:

*The admissions process is operated on a rolling admission basis, which means the program reviews and makes admission decisions as complete applications are received and applicants are interviewed. It is beneficial to submit your application on or around our preferred deadline to be guaranteed your application is reviewed for the upcoming fall cohort and be invited to interview day.

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

  • PSYCAS Application: Fill out the application, following all instructions.
    • Official Academic Transcript(s): All transcripts from any institution attended must be sent directly to PSYCAS and not Pacific University. 
    • LORS sent directly to PSYCAS: 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.
  • All applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university before matriculation into our program; we do not require a bachelors in psychology as we consider all majors.
  • 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 strongly preferred.
  • We do not require the GRE.
  • The program also requires the 2 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.

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 |