Graduate Admission Procedures
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Applications for admission are available from the Office of Graduate Studies, McKelvie Hall, West Chester University, West Chester, PA 19383. Phone: 610-436-2943. Click here for the online application.
The minimum requirements for consideration for admission in Psychology are:
- An undergraduate overall GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.25 in Psychology.
- GRE General test scores of 153 (Verbal) and 144 (Quantitative). According to the ETS, these are concordant with scores of 500 on the scale used prior to August 1, 2011. (A concordance chart can be found here.)
- The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores will be accepted only in unusual circumstances.
- Applicants who were not Psychology majors may be required to complete undergraduate Psychology courses as a condition of admission to a program or as a condition for approval to Degree Candidacy..
- Three letters of recommendation are required.
- A personal goals statement is required.
- Other requirements as published in the Graduate Catalogue of West Chester University.
- Important note for students applying to the General Program: No application will be considered without a clear statement of research interest and the identification of at least two desired faculty mentors, with an indication of which faculty mentor would be your first choice. Students are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to contact their desired faculty mentor before applying.
Note: Admission to the Post-Master's certificate program requires only the application form and an official copy of the graduate transcript.
Admissions to the degree programs are made for Fall only, with March 1 as the deadline for initial review. Applications received after March 1 will be reviewed only on a space-available basis. Admissions to the Post-Master's certificate program continue throughout the year.
Students may not change programs of study in Psychology without approval of the Graduate Committee.
Students admitted on a Provisional basis must petition to be admitted to Full status when they have successfully met the provisions specified at the time of their admission, or prior to applying for degree candidacy.
Professional Growth admission is occasionally granted to individuals wishing to take one or more courses for personal or professional development. A one-page application is required as well as submission of undergraduate transcripts. Admission into any particular course is dependent upon the permission of the Graduate Coordinator and course instructor. Approval to take courses on a Professional Growth basis does not obligate the department to admit the student to a degree program.
Course work may also be taken on a non-degree basis. Courses taken may count for degree credit if the student is subsequently admitted to a degree program. Students admitted on a non-degree basis are only permitted to take up to 9 semester hours, upon completion of which they must be admitted to a degree program to continue taking graduate courses. Admission into any particular course is dependent upon the permission of the Graduate Coordinator and course instructor. Approval to take courses on a non-degree basis does not obligate the Department to admit the student to a degree program.
For information on applying for either Professional Growth or non-degree study, contact the Graduate Coordinator.