Deadlines for the program are March 15th for Fall (September) admission and October 15th for Spring (January) admission. Admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program is competitive (see note below). There is no guarantee of admission just because an applicant meets or exceeds the minimum criteria. The minimum criteria for admission are described below, and applications missing any of these materials will NOT be reviewed for admission. Please submit the following materials together in one envelope to the Admissions Office:
Please fill out the application completely. If you choose to apply via the online application please include a photocopy of your application in your packet (if possible). If not, you may indicate on your admission checklist that you have applied online.
This form must be included in the packet and must be completed, signed and dated. The committee will not contact applicants missing any of the required materials.
Checks, cash or money orders will be accepted if you submit your fee as part of your application packet. Please place your payment in a sealed envelope inside of the packet. If you apply online, the fee may be paid with a credit card.
One set of official (sealed and unopened) transcripts from ALL colleges/universities attended. Applicants must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. Applicants who have attended graduate school may submit graduate transcripts, but the graduate GPA will NOT be calculated as part of the undergraduate GPA.
Applicants should have a combined score of 1050 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam (if taken prior to August 2011). If taken after August 2011, applicants should have a combined score of 302 on the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the exam. Applicants must also provide evidence of satisfactory professional writing and analysis by one of the following: a grade of “B” or higher in PSYC400 (Thinking and Writing in Psychology) or its equivalent, or a score of 4.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE General test. Applicants who do not meet the minimum score(s) should address this in a separate letter/statement included in the packet.
This statement should address the applicant’s reason for seeking a Master’s degree in Psychology as well as long-term goals, and is typically 1 page. It should be typed and free of grammatical errors. Please include your name on the statement.
These forms should be completed by three professionals/professors who can attest to your academic and/or professional capabilities in the field of Psychology. Preferably this form should be completed by academic and/or licensed professionals (PhD, EdD, LPC, LCPC, LCSW, MSW, etc.).
Please fill out this form completely. Applicants who omit answers to any of the questions will be ineligible for admission.
Prior to applying to the program, the following courses (or their equivalent) should be completed with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher for all courses, no grade lower than “C”, and no more than 2 “C” grades among the seven prerequisite courses:
- Personality Theories
- Learning Cognition
- Abnormal Psychology
- Social Psychology
- Developmental Psychology
- Research Methodology
All application materials are to be sent together in one envelope to the following address:
Governors State University
1 University Parkway
University Park, IL. 60484
PLEASE NOTE: Admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program is competitive and is determined by the program faculty. Program faculty reserves the right to request personal interviews with applicants to the program.