Psychology Department

The Master of Arts degree in Psychology

Acceptance into the graduate program is a two-step process that 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.  Application forms for the University may be obtained from a major library, community college, another California State University or on-line at the CSLA homepage.  The Psychology Department offers a mentor-based graduate program. Students are encouraged 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 by a faculty member as a mentor is required for admission to the department (See Application Form in Graduate Handbook). The Master of Arts degree in psychology is a rigorous program designed to develop research and conceptual skills for students whose primary interest is in continuing their education in a doctoral program. A key feature of the program is a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member who oversees the student's progress toward his or her individual research goals.


Application Process

Review of applications will begin February 1, with an absolute deadline of April 10th on any given year for consideration for the following September; offers of admission will be made on an ongoing basis and hence individuals who submit an application late in the application review interval may find that all available spaces have been filled. All applicants will be notified of their status following their submission by June 1st. Students are responsible for providing all materials to accompany their application and only complete applications will be processed. In addition to materials required for admission to the University, students will need to submit (a) Two letters of recommendation, (b) A statement of purpose, and (c) application form for the Masters of Arts degree. (See Section 13.0) The application form for the Masters of Arts degree is also available from the Department. Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to be eligible for the Masters Degree program. Students with a GPA below 2.75 will not be considered.


Students who are admitted to the graduate program will be assigned to a mentor, for advisement and program planning. The mentor supervises the student's completion of the program, but mentors can be changed if a student's interests change and an alternate is available. Students' specific requirements to meet individual academic needs are developed in conjunction with the mentor.

Interested students should contact the Department of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles (323) 343-2250.

University Catalog

Application Form