How to Apply

Special Message Regarding COVID-19 Disruptions (March 23, 2020)

To our Admitted Graduate Students: Please know that our priority during this challenging time is the well-being of our students and ensuring their ability to fulfill their academic program requirements. This applies to our current students as well as you, our incoming graduate students. Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, all prospective and accepted student days, interview days, and individual student visits will be moved to a virtual format.

We are also aware of the increasing concern around delayed visa appointments for our international students and delayed air travel for both our domestic and international students. Please be assured that we are currently working on alternative enrollment options for admitted students who are unable to make it to campus by the start of classes in September. You will be contacted via email with updates as they become available. Please be in touch if you have any questions or concerns.

The application deadline for submission of all materials to the MA-only program is May 15. (Please note that applications will be reviewed beginning March 1). Applications must be submitted online (see the GRS Graduate Admissions website for the online application), and must include a personal statement, letters of recommendation, GRE scores and transcripts.

Financial assistance for students in the MA program is not available within the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. For information on loans, work study, etc., applicants should visit the GRS financial aid web site.

The Program Admissions Committee takes into consideration all of the information contained in the complete application, looking for evidence of the ability to successfully complete a demanding course of study. The Committee carefully reviews letters of reference, the personal statement, earlier academic history, and various test scores, and attempts to make fair judgments about the promise of competent performance in a graduate program.

MA in Psychology Requirements

We do not require that applicants have an undergraduate major in psychology. However, we do require applicants to have taken some course work in psychology. We recommend an introductory course, a course in research methods in psychology, a course in statistics and at least two content courses.