Application Procedures & Information

Degree Requirements

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Apply to Psychology Graduate Program

Application Process Status: CLOSED     OPENS: September 15, 2016    

In order for your application to be considered by the Psychology Programs, you will need to submit your online applications to the University as well as the Department (see below).

Psychology Department Application: Apply To Department

University Graduate School Application: Apply To MSU
An official transcript for all previous undergraduate and graduate work must be sent by the appropriate officials of the institutions where the work was done. Your personal copies, or reproductions of your copies will be not accepted. The official transcripts must be mailed directly to the Department of Psychology. The address is: Graduate Office, Department of Psychology, 316 Physics Road, Room 240E, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Admission Procedures
The faculty and graduate students in the various fields of concentration offered in our department are organized into Graduate Programs. Admission recommendations are made by program groups. The faculty or a faculty committee from a particular program group review the credentials of all applicants indicating a primary interest in that field of concentration. If the faculty committee thinks that its program cannot offer the training that a particular applicant seeks, admission may be denied even though the applicant's other credentials might be very strong. Occasionally, an applicant's file will be reviewed by more than one program group. This usually occurs when an applicant has indicated interest in one area on the application but expresses different interests in the personal statement that is required with the application.

Interviews. In general, we do not use personal interviews as part of the selection process. However, individuals applying to the clinical psychology program may be invited to interview at some point in the review process. If, as a prospective applicant, you wish to make an appointment with a member of our faculty, please contact that person directly.

Program Information
Applications are accepted only for Fall semester, which usually starts in late August. For Fall admission, applications must be submitted by DECEMBER 1 of the PREVIOUS YEAR. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for admission.

Individuals sometimes ask us to make a preliminary evaluation of their qualifications for admission. We are sorry but this is not possible. We make comparisons among all applicants each year and must have complete application files before any evaluations can be done. We believe that this web page contains sufficient information for potential applicants to decide whether or not they should apply for admission.

Although we offer M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs, we have no terminal programs at the M.A. level. Our M.A. programs are not intended to provide an entry point for professional employment in psychology.

Graduate degree programs in the Department of Psychology are offered only within the College of Social Science. Our affiliation with other colleges includes research and teaching links, but no degrees in psychology are available outside the College of Social Science. Descriptions of our programs appear in Academic Programs, a catalog published on-line by Michigan State University.

Most successful applicants are admitted with some sort of financial support. Support sources come in five main types:

1. Teaching assistantships eligible to join the Graduate Employees Union (TA)
2. Teaching assistantships not eligible to join the Graduate Employees Union (TE)
3. Research assistantships (RA)
4. MSU fellowships (e.g., University Distinguished Fellowships, University Enrichment Fellowships)
5. External fellowships (e.g., from the National Science Foundation)

If you are offered admission to our program, you will be told whether you will be on a fellowship or some type of assistantship. We make every effort to support our graduate students during their program.