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Special Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants must:

  1. Have completed, with an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, no grade lower than a “C” and no more than two grades of “C,” undergraduate courses from a regionally accredited college/university that are comparable to Personality Theories (PSYC 3310), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 3520), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 3430), Social Psychology (PSYC 3345), Developmental Psychology (PSYC 3201), Research Methodology (PSYC 4750), and Statistics (STAT 4720). Please note, these courses are prerequisites and may not be used to fulfill degree requirements of the M.A. and may be taken at another institution **.
  2. Have earned an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work **.
  3. Demonstrate evidence of satisfactory professional writing and analysis by one of the following: a grade of “B” or higher in PSYC3120 (Thinking and Writing in Psychology) or its equivalent**.
  4. Provide a statement of the applicant’s purpose in seeking a master’s degree in Psychology and his/her long-term goals (applicants should be aware that faculty also evaluate this statement as a professional writing sample).
  5. Ask three professionals/professors who can speak to the applicant’s academic and/or professional capabilities in the field of Psychology to complete and submit a Personal Reference Form.
  6. Complete a “Statement of Character” form.

Admission to the program is determined by the program faculty. Program faculty reserve the right to request personal interviews with applicants to the program. The application deadline for the program is March 15th, and we only accept students for Fall semesters. It is your responsibility to begin the process early and to follow up with the various institutions and individuals who must submit supporting documentation. Applications will not be accepted for the Spring or Summer semesters.

Completed application packets should be mailed to:  

Governors State University, Office of Admissions 
1 University Parkway  
University Park, Illinois 60484 

 ** Applicants not meeting one of the above noted admission criteria are eligible to petition for conditional admission to the program. Applicants choosing to petition should include a letter with the supplementary admission materials. Faculty recommend the letter, include discussion of the factors contributing to the academic achievement and why those factors could be judged by the faculty as successfully remediated. Faculty reserve the right to require additional coursework (for example, PSYC 3120 or other undergraduate psychology courses) as a condition of admission. 

Admission to Candidacy

After admission as a degree-seeking student, a student must apply for candidacy. Application forms are available in the Division of Psychology and Counseling Office. Application for candidacy should be made within two weeks of the start of the semester in which degree candidacy is sought. To qualify for candidacy, a student must:

  1. Complete all preparatory courses listed above with the minimum grades required.
  2. Complete PSYC6110 , PSYC6160, PSYC6221, and PSYC6229 with a grade of “B” or better and submit core course candidacy evaluation forms for each course to the faculty.

The candidacy committee will review the applications and inform students of their candidacy status within six weeks of application. Candidacy review is one of several evaluative steps to help ensure program objectives are being satisfied and student outcomes are being reached. Students should refer to the Handbook for Graduate Students: Master of Arts in Psychology for further details. 

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a M.A. degree.
In addition, students must:

  1. Maintain a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better in each course and have no more than two courses with a grade of “C”.
  2. Receive a passing score on the program comprehensive examination.
  3. Receive positive endorsement from the faculty.


  • Kristen-Efintis

    Kristen Efantis, Clinical Psychology Program, Class of 2018

    The feeling of community that my professors have created in their classrooms has been the most influential factor in creating the ideal environment to be challenged, to ask vital questions, to think deeply about people, and to become introspective about myself—all of which are paramount skills for any aspiring mental health practitioner. My GSU experience has empowered me to continue my learning by earning a doctoral degree so that I may continue to be challenged and to sharpen my skills, just as I have been at GSU.

  • Christienne-Dyslin

    Dr. Christienne Dyslin, M.A., Associate Professor

    As a professor for the M.A. in Psychology program, one of my great joys has been having the opportunity to witness, and sometime actively participate in, our students’ intellectual and emotional development as they move through their academic journeys with us. It is always gratifying to hear from former students and learn how they are contributing to the betterment of society by serving in their roles as therapists, teachers, program directors, or going on to continue their graduate education in a doctoral program in clinical psychology.

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