Frequently Asked Questions
How do I apply?
The application procedures are discussed here .
Applications are accepted anytime, however, applications are reviewed only once a year and new students are accepted only for the fall semester. The application deadline is December 1 for the following fall.
There is no minimum. The admissions committee reviews all materials and makes decisions based on an applicant’s entire packet. Nevertheless, because we cannot accept everyone who applies, GPA is one component of the application packet that helps us make difficult decisions about who should be accepted.
There is no minimum. The admissions committee reviews all materials and makes decisions based on an applicant’s entire packet. Nevertheless, because we cannot accept everyone who applies, GRE is one component of the application packet that helps us make difficult decisions about who should be accepted.
You should definitely discuss the program (e.g., Behavioral Neuroscience; Bilingualism, Language and Cognition; Health; Legal; Social) for which you are applying, what types of research you are interested in doing, and faculty members whose research interests you. Discuss anything else about your history such as previous research experience that might not be apparent in your other materials. It may also be useful to discuss your career plans.
Who should I ask to write letters of recommendation for me?
It is best to get letters from people who know you well and who know what it takes to successfully complete a graduate degree in Psychology. Thus, people with an advanced degree in Psychology are typically the best sources for letters (given that they know you well enough to assess your potential for success in graduate school and believe you can be successful!). People who have advanced degrees in disciplines other than Psychology can also provide good letters.
No. Please ask the people writing your letter to clearly indicate your name in their letters and complete the online recommendation form. It is better if your application arrives before your letters of recommendation.
Can I visit your program and talk to faculty and students?
Applicants are free to visit at their own expense in consultation with the program; however, we invite short-listed applicants for a campus interview (usually in February). If you are interested in learning more about our program before you apply, you should contact faculty members whose research interests you. All of our faculty are happy to talk to prospective students and can make arrangements for you to visit and/or talk with others who can help answer your questions.
Yes. However, students without a Psychology degree are encouraged to successfully complete leveling courses before they are fully admitted to the program. These leveling courses must include a course in psychological statistics and 12 hours of upper-division courses in psychology including a course in experimental psychology.
Yes. However, always remember that we cannot accept all of the people who apply to the program and that taking and successfully completing leveling courses will not guarantee acceptance into one of our programs.
Yes. You will be required to successfully complete all leveling courses before starting graduate coursework.
You can take graduate classes in Psychology for one semester as a non-degree graduate student. There are potential costs, however, to doing this. First, as a non-degree graduate student you will not be eligible for financial aid. Second, even if you take and do well in graduate Psychology courses as a non-degree student, there is no guarantee that you will be accepted into the graduate program.
Information about the GRE can be found at the official GRE website.
Information on tuition and fees can be found at the graduate school site. All students who are employed by the University (all Ph.D. students and many M.A. students) are eligible to receive in-state tuition. Ph.D. students also receive $3000 tuition waiver each year. Also, all Ph.D. students are fully supported through Teaching and Research assistanships.
The time varies considerably among individuals primarily due to differences in how long it takes people to conduct and write their Master’s Thesis. That being said, the majority of people complete their degree in two to three years.
We have two different M.A. programs that differ in their required credit hours – the Clinical M.A. program requires 45 credit hours and the Experimental M.A. requires 30 credits.
The time varies considerably among individuals primarily due to differences in how long it takes people to conduct and write their Thesis and\or Dissertation and whether or not the person had an M.A. before starting our Ph.D. program. That being said, people who enter with an M.A. typically finish in 2-½ to 4-½ years and people who enter the program without an M.A. typically finish in 4-½ to 6 years.
It takes 78 credit hours to get a doctorate in Psychology.
No. A primary focus of all of our programs is teaching students how to do psychological research. This type of education requires extensive one-on-one collaboration with faculty and can only be done in person.
If you have more questions, please reach out to our graduate program director Dr. Katherine Serafine at email@example.com.