UNIVERSITY AND PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

 

The Psychology Department Online Application process for fall 2015 admissions will be open October 1 through December 15, 8:59pm (PST). Please read the following instructions carefully and remember that you must apply (1) to the University and (2) to the department.

UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS
  • Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.85 (This does not include lower division courses taken after award of baccalaureate degree.)  A 3.00 cumulative GPA for international coursework.
  • Have been in good standing at the last institution attended.
DEPARTMENT MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Minimum requirements for admission to the Psychology Department’s master’s programs are outlined below. However, meeting all of the criteria does not guarantee acceptance, since admission is competitive and thus dependent on comparison with other applicants.

  1. Grade Point Average

Minimum undergraduate overall GPA: 2.85
Minimum undergraduate psychology GPA: 3.0

  1. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

A score at or above the 50th percentile on the Verbal and Quantitative sections is expected. Actual scores of accepted students are generally substantially higher. Scores must be received by the Department by December 15 . We suggest that you take the GRE by November in order to meet the December 15 deadline.  The Institution code is 4682 and the Department Code is 2016.

Note: Information about characteristics of accepted students, such as GPA and GRE scores, is shown on FAQ tab.

  1. Completion of Undergraduate Course Work Equivalent to the Following SDSU Courses:

A. Course Requirements for the M.A. Program

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3 Units
PSY 260 Physiological Psychology 3 Units
PSY 280 Introductory Statistics 3 Units
PSY 370 Psychological Testing and Measurement 3 Units
PSY 410 Intro to Experimental Psychology with Lab 5 Units

 

Three classes from among the following:

PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 Units
PSY 301 Intro to Research Methods 4 Units
PSY 340 Social Psychology 3 Units
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology 3 Units
PSY 351 Psychology of Personality 3 Units
PSY 360 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Units
PSY 380 Cognitive Psychology 3 Units
PSY 388 Sensation and Perception 3 Units
PSY 470 Intermediate Statistics 3 Units

 

Plus six units of upper division psychology electives, which may be from the above list.

If you lack one or two of the above courses it is considered a deficiency, which must be made up in the first year of your graduate program.  Deficiency make-up courses cannot be counted toward the Master’s degree.  Students with more than two deficiencies will not be admitted.

B. Course Requirements for the M.S. Program

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology 3 Units
PSY 280  Introductory Statistics 3 Units
PSY 301 Intro to Research Methods 4 Units
                       OR  PSY 470 Intermediate Statistics 3 Units
PSY 370 Psychological Testing and Measurement 3 Units
PSY 499 Independent Research 1-3 Units
                       OR equivalent research experience


Three classes from among the following:

PSY 230 Developmental Psychology 3 Units
PSY 319 Industrial and Organizational Psychology 3 Units
PSY 320 Personnel and Industrial Psychology 3 Units
PSY 321 Organizational Psychology 3 Units
PSY 340 Social Psychology 3 Units
PSY 350 Abnormal Psychology 3 Units
PSY 351 Psychology of Personality 3 Units
PSY 360 Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Units
PSY 380 Cognitive Psychology 3 Units
PSY 388 Sensation and Perception 3 Units
PSY 410 Intro to Experimental Psychology with Lab 5 Units

 

Plus 6 units of upper division psychology electives, which may be from the above list.

If you lack one or two of the above courses it is considered a deficiency, which must be made up prior to or in the first year of your graduate program.  Deficiency make-up courses cannot be counted toward the Master’s degree. Students with more than two deficiencies will not be admitted.