Before an individual can be considered for admission into the graduate program in either the clinical or experimental track, the applicant must supply the Graduate School with the following credentials:
- A completed online application form for admission that can be obtained via the Graduate School website: http://westerngrad.com/.
- An official transcript
- Graduate Record Examination(GRE) scores - Verbal and Quantitative
- Three letters of recommendation from former instructors or research mentors
- A personal statement describing interest in pursuing a graduate degree in Psychology (Note: There is no specific format for the personal statement, but you may wish to include academic and professional experiences that have prepared you for graduate study in psychology, your research experiences and interests, and how the our program will help prepare you for your specific career goals)
All applications and supporting materials are submitted online. When the Graduate School has received the completed online file, the Department of Psychology is notified for action.
Applicants who have prior research and/or clinical experience (for the clinical track) are given preference in the admissions selection process, but all applications are reviewed carefully. The following minimum standards may be used as guidelines:
- Have an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) for the most recent two years
- Have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 12 semester hours (or the equivalent in quarter hours) in undergraduate psychology courses, including courses in Experimental Psychology (research methods) and Statistics. Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology, and History and Systems are not specifically required but are strongly recommended. A student lacking these prerequisite courses will be expected to remove all undergraduate deficiencies before admission or graduation
- Submit evidence of satisfactory performance on the aptitude section, Verbal and Quantitative, of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - a minimum composite score of 1,000 (old score) or 300 (new score) is typical. The advanced test score on the GRE is reviewed if available
- A personal interview is required of all students
- A personal statement is required that describes your interests and your desire to study psychology at the graduate level
- Provisional Status: On some occasions, a student who does not meet the above criteria, may be accepted into the graduate program on provisional/probationary status.