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Introduction to Graduate Programs

The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Arts degree with an emphasis on research and conceptual skills for students whose primary interest is in continuing their education in a doctoral program. The department also offers the Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Forensic Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis Option. The Psychology Department offers a mentor-based graduate program. As a consequence, we encourage students to contact a faculty member in the area of research in which they are interested before applying to the University. Positions in the department are limited and acceptance into the program depends on students finding someone on the faculty who will agree to serve as a mentor.


Acceptance into the graduate program is a two-step process which begins with application for acceptance to the University. Persons applying for entry into the graduate program in psychology must first be admitted to the University.

The Psychology Department application forms should be returned to King Hall, C3104 with transcripts of all previous academic work.

Entering students must have an undergraduate degree in Psychology or its equivalent from an accredited institution and have achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or above in the last 90 units of under-graduate work at an accredited institution.

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in Psychology at the time of admission must complete 31-36 units with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Specifically, the following prerequisite (or their equivalents) must be complete before beginning the Masters program. Whenever possible, credit will be given for equivalent coursework taken elsewhere. Please note: coursework taken at a community college does not apply to upper division psychology requirements.

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