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M.A. in Psychology Admissions Requirements


Admissions Requirements

The Department’s Graduate Admissions Committee makes admissions decisions based on the following required criteria:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all undergraduate work with at least a 3.0 average in psychology courses, or strong evidence of recent academic achievement
  3. Successful completion of undergraduate General Psychology, Statistics, Experimental Methods or Research Methods in Psychology
  4. Satisfactory performance on the Graduate Record Examination (General Test); Psychology Subject GRE scores optional. [Please note: satisfactory performance is defined as a combined score of 300 or higher on the quantitative and verbal portions of the GRE. However, admission decisions will be based on the review of the student's entire record and application.]
  5. Completed application for admission to the Master of Arts Program in Psychology
  6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  7. Three letters of recommendation
  8. International Students must meet these additional university-wide requirements for admission

The application for admission to the Master of Arts Program in Psychology also requires the inclusion of a personal statement. In your statement, you should tell us about your professional interests and goals, and how the program can help you pursuit them. Therefore, your statement should provide us with information regarding three major points:

  • What your long-term goals are;
  • How the program will allow you to pursue them;
  • How your goals are compatible with the goals of the program. Ours is a general psychology program with a focus on empirical research. Students are expected to take courses in a variety of disciplines and conduct research with faculty from different research areas.

Before applying to the program, you should make sure that the program is a good fit for you. Please check our website for a description of our degree requirements and faculty's research interests.


Application Information

Application Materials

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: Application review begins Feb. 15 and continues until the class is filled.
  • Spring Admission: Applications must be received by Nov. 15.
  • Funding opportunities for graduate students in the MA in Psychology program.
  • Admission to SUNY New Paltz and to the Graduate Psychology Program is based on academic qualifications, without regard to race, color, sex, disability, age, marital status, or religion.