College of Arts and Sciences
Master of Arts in Psychology

Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution including the following six prerequisite psychology courses: intro to psych, abnormal, developmental, major theories of personality, statistics, and scientific research (e.g. experimental psychology, research methods in psychology).* This is ordinarily the equivalent of a minor in psychology. Transcript showing a 3.00 grade point average (GPA) is required.
    • Experience, either on a paid or volunteer basis, in the area of counseling or human services. (600 hours)
    • A resume with additional relevant work or volunteer experience.
    • At least a beginning understanding of existential and phenomenological psychology.
    • A writing sample such as an undergraduate paper.
    • A personal autobiographical essay (minimum of six pages), including information on your present and future interests in psychology and therapy. This essay should be sufficiently specific to give the reader a concrete sense of your personal, as well as your vocational and intellectual, development. It should include an account of work or volunteer experiences, influential courses or readings, and personal events and changes that explain why you are applying to this specific program in existential-phenomenological psychology.
    • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to your qualifications for graduate work, and/or experience in counseling or human services, and/or beginning understanding of existential-phenomenological psychology.
    • An interview, either in person or by telephone, will be asked of those applicants who have reached the final screening. NOTE: While in this program, students are not allowed to do psychotherapy as private practitioners.
    • To obtain an application packet, please visit the Graduate Admissions site. You can also apply online.
      • *Note: The five prerequisite psychology courses must be completed before class begins in the Fall Quarter. If you have not yet completed all six you may still apply as long as you outline a plan for completing them by the beginning of Fall Quarter.
      • All materials, including recommendations are to be sent to Graduate Admissions.