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Admission Requirements

The screening process for the MS program begins on April 1st of each year.

  • Applications are accepted for the FALL semester only
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required as part of the application packet and prior to receiving an offer of admission.
  • All applicants must submit a supplemental department of psychology application.  Click here to download the supplemental application. Completing the supplemental application in MS Word is preferred.

Unconditional Admission

Unconditional Admission. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Department of Psychology requires:

  1. A minimum of 15 semester hours in Psychology, including at least one course in each of the following: 
    1. social, personality, cognitive, or developmental Psychology
    2. research methods, quantitative methods, or experimental Psychology
    3. physiological Psychology
    Students desiring admission to the Clinical Psychology concentration must also have an undergraduate course in abnormal psychology.
  2. A 3.00 grade point average (on a scale of 4.00 points) in Psychology or major area
  3. An overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 (on a scale of 4.00 points)
  4. Completed supplemental application (see link above), including a written personal statement
  5. Three current letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and/or other professionals qualified to assess the applicant’s ability to complete graduate studies.  Two letters should be from  professors or psychologists

Conditional Admission

Applicants can be granted conditional admission under the general provisions of the Graduate School whenever the requirements in 1), 2), and/or 3) above are not met, if additional program slots are available. Applicants also must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 in the undergraduate major, a 3.00 grade point average during last two years of undergraduate course work, and/or a minimum total Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 291 (900 on the old scale) in order to be admitted with conditional status in Psychology. 

Continuing Status

Continuing status is dependent upon maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, with no more than two grades of C (including grades of U), as well as a favorable review by the departmental graduate faculty committee. For anyone with a grade below C, continuing status is subject to further departmental review.  Each student will be evaluated annually.  This evaluation will include academic performance, departmental contribution and professionalism.  The student should complete coursework with a grade of “B” or higher.  Students are required to show good standing in the program.  Thus, in the event of any concern, written documentation will be given to allow adequate time for the student to adjust the behavior in question.

Change of Status

In order to achieve unconditional status and advance to candidacy, students must:

  1. Complete all undergraduate prerequisites listed on the Program Card by the major adviso
  2. Earn a B average, with no grade below C, in the first 15 graduate-level hours of their planned program of study
  3. Successfully complete PSYC 528 with a B or better.
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