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How to Apply

Completed applications for most programs are due by December 1st of each year. Completed applications for the School Counselor Program, MEd are due by May 1st each year and information related to admission for that program can be found here. Below you will find application requirements and criteria for specific programs. Minimum standards as outlined below may be waived in some cases, if you have questions regarding specifics please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator.

Following the application deadline, all application packets will be reviewed and evaluated.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Potential for Academic Excellence: GPA standards, GRE standards, and letters of recommendation will be evaluated to help predict an applicant’s academic ability
  • Background in Psychology: Applicants should have a background in psychology and transcripts will be reviewed to confirm this requirement.
  • Written, Oral, and Interpersonal Communication Skills, Professionalism, Self-Awareness, and Critical Thinking Skills: These skills are critical to succeeding in graduate school and are evaluated through letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, interviews, and communication with faculty and current graduate students.
  • Research: Packets are reviewed for research potential including previous research experience and applicant interests compared to faculty interests. Well-articulated statements of purpose/intent include details about research experience (e.g. lab work, scholarly writing, etc.), interests, and career goals.
  • Program/Faculty Fit: Applicants are offered positions through individual faculty and research labs. Fit can be measured through CV, statement of purpose, and through interviews with faculty and current graduate students amongst the entire application packet.
  • Practice of Psychology: Some of our programs prepare students to work in applied or clinical settings. Applicants to those programs are evaluated based on the experience as included in their CV and statement of intent as well as recommendations through their letters of recommendation.
  • Diversity: The Psychology Department seeks to recruit and retain a diverse student group across a number of dimensions including ethnicity, prior education, professional interest, geography, and gender.

Promising candidates will be invited to attend interview days specific to their program of interest. Interviews provide students with opportunities to interact with faculty and current graduate students. Although interviews are traditionally conducted in-person, exceptions may be made for phone and/or video interviews. The interview process varies by program but traditionally includes in-person interviews with faculty and current graduate students. Applicants are evaluated on criteria above during interviews.

After interviews, applicants will be contacted by individual faculty who are interested in having the student join their research laboratory. Generally, applicants are extended offers within a few weeks following interviews and additional offers may continue to be made to students until a sufficient number of students are recruited.

The process for applicants receiving and accepting offers varies by program. However traditionally, the individual faculty extending the offer will contact the student with information about the offer and deadlines to accept or decline. 

Non Discrimination Statement -  The Psychology Department encourages applications from individuals with diverse backgrounds. The department does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law. Applicants with disabilities must be able to complete program requirements and related professional functions.

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Requirements

Applications due by December 1st

Interviews held January 31, 2020.

Application Requirements (submitted to the School of Graduate Studies)

  • Application
  • Statement of Purpose/Intent - Recommended length of 500-1000 words
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts from All Previous Schools

Admission Criteria

  • GPA for the last 60 credits taken of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE score for the verbal and quantitative areas at the 40th percentile or above
  • Fit with a current faculty member affiliated with the program

Applications due by December 1st

Interviews held January 24, 2020.

Application Requirements to be submitted to the graduate school

  • Application form
  • Statement of Purpose/Intent - Recommended length of 500-1000 words
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Rec
  • GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts from All Previous Schools

Admission Criteria

  • GPA for the last two years: (this minimum standard may be waived in cases in which applicants are exceptional in other areas)
    • Undergraduate minimum standard 3.2
    • Graduate Program minimum standard 3.5
  • GRE score for the verbal and quantitative areas at the 40th percentile or above - (this minimum standard may be waived in cases in which applicants are exceptional in other areas)
  • Fit with a current faculty member affiliated with the program

 Applications due by December 1st

Interviews held February 3, 2020.

 Application Requirements to be submitted to the graduate school

  • Application form
  • Statement of Purpose/Intent - Recommended length of 500-1000 words
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Rec
  • GRE Scores
  • Official Transcripts from All Previous Schools

 Admission Criteria

  • GPA for the last 60 credits taken of 3.0 or higher
  • GRE score for the verbal and quantitative areas at the 40th percentile or above
  • Fit with a current faculty member affiliated with the program