To qualify for regular admission into the Master of Arts counseling psychology program, an individual must meet all the general admission requirements as outlined in the graduate bulletin of the student’s year of entry. The applicant shall have:
- Graduated from an accredited four-year college or university by the time of enrollment, as evidenced by a transcript showing the completion of a baccalaureate degree.
- Completed General Psychology. It is preferred that applicants have completed course work in Human Development, Statistics, Abnormal Psychology, and Personality/Counseling Theories, or their equivalents. Those students who have not completed these courses, may be required to attend intensive classes held before Fall quarter begins.
- Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 for either the total hours or for the last 96 quarter hours of the baccalaureate degree.
- Obtained recommendations from three individuals knowing the applicant’s academic and professional abilities and personal qualities well.
- Submitted a personal statement of professional goals and objectives as directed by the School.
- Achieved a score of 550 on the TOEFL, if English is spoken as a second language.
- A satisfactory score on the GRE general sections.
- An interview with two psychology faculty members.
Students who do not meet one or more of the above requirements may be considered for provisional admission by the Graduate Council if they show evidence of their ability to pursue a graduate degree. Such evidence may be: superior performance on the GRE, strong professional recommendations, positive and applicable work experience, or strong postgraduate grades from a recognized institution. At the time of provisional acceptance, a plan and deadline for a change to regular standing must be submitted by the applying graduate student. Students who fail to meet the requirements of that plan will be dropped from the program.
Application and Acceptance Procedures
The School of Education and Psychology faculty begin reviewing completed applications in February. Qualified applicants are accepted throughout the winter, spring, and summer quarters until the cohort is full. Currently each incoming cohort consists of 12 qualified applicants. To be assured of a place in the fall cohort, it is recommended that we receive your application as early as possible, as some years the cohort is finalized by June. If you have questions about openings in the fall cohort, please call Lee Stough, PhD: 509-527-2943
To apply, please reference the Graduate Application checklist found at: