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Special Admission Requirements
In addition to meeting university admission criteria, applicants
- 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 **.
- Have earned an average G.P.A. of at least 3.0 in the last 60
hours of undergraduate course work **.
- 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**.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
April 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
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:
- Complete all preparatory courses listed above with the minimum
- 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
Students must meet all university requirements for a M.A.
In addition, students must:
- 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”.
- Receive a passing score on the program comprehensive
- Receive positive endorsement from the faculty.
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.
Dr. Christienne Dyslin, M.A., Associate Professor
In the nine years that I have served as a coordinator for the Psychology M.A. 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.