For admission to the
program, students must meet the following requirements:
1. Complete the following undergraduate prerequisite courses
with a combined GPA of at least 3.0 and no grade lower than a
- Introduction to Statistical Methods in Psychological
- Understanding Psychological Research
- At least five additional upper division courses (25
quarter units) in Psychology providing diversity of preparation, including at
least one psychology laboratory course. Students may also be required to take
additional undergraduate courses that are prerequisite to courses in the MA
Note: The Department will determine whether courses
taken elsewhere meet these requirements. Students may complete these
prerequisite courses within the Department while enrolled in graduate courses
for which they are eligible, although progress toward the degree will be
2. Earn a 3.0 GPA in the last 90 quarter units or last 60
semester units of undergraduate coursework.
3. Submit GRE General Test
scores. Students with scores of 1500 or higher (V+Q+A) will be given preference
for admission to the program.
4. Provide three letters of
recommendation attesting to capability and promise for success in the areas of
research and teaching.
Admission to the M.A. in Psychology Program is limited to
the number of students for whom the Department can provide appropriate research
and teaching experience. Department faculty reserve the right to admit those
applicants they deem most qualified. In making this decision, the faculty may
take into consideration applicants previous training in psychology,
relevant work experience, and special skills and knowledge that provide
evidence of potential.
The Department of Psychology determines the students
initial classification level prior to admission as well as all subsequent
changes in that level. Some 500 level and all 600 level courses are not
available for undergraduate credit. Students enrolled in the MA in Psychology
Program may enroll in any course on the approved Plan of Study for which they
have met the prerequisite. Anyone else must obtain the instructors
permission prior to enrollment.
Classified - Students who meet all of the
requirements for admission will be admitted at the classified level. Classified
graduate students may take any graduate level course meeting the requirements
of their Plan of Study as long as the appropriate prerequisites have been
Conditionally Classified - Students who have
completed most but not all of the requirements for admission at the classified
level and show promise of success may be admitted at the conditionally
classified level. Students admitted at the conditionally classified level who
complete all admission requirements or alternate requirements specified in the
offer of admission will be moved to the classified level but may take no more
than 13.5 units applicable to the MA degree prior to achieving classified
standing. Students at the conditionally classified level are not allowed to
begin a thesis or take a comprehensive exam.