Educational Psychology & Counseling

Prospective Students

Spring 2023 Information Session Video

For information on our application process and an overview of our programs, please watch a pre-recorded information session from Spring 2023. Additional information sessions will be held in the Fall. Stay tuned!

Instructions for Completing the Application

Note: Applying to all EPC programs is a two-step process that requires applying to the University AND to the specific program you want to apply to in the Department of Educational Psychology. As a reminder, no applicant will be considered unless the following two applications have been received.

1)   Step ONE: Apply for Admission by submitting an application to the University through Cal State Apply

2)   Step TWO: Apply for Admission to the Educational Psychology and Counseling Department through ApplyWeb-CollegeNet   

  • Individual programs have additional requirements, including completion of specific prerequisites for the program (see the prerequisite information tab on prospective student webpage or the University catalog for details).
  • Please noteAll paperwork submitted to the university becomes university property and will not be returned to the applicant for any reason, nor are we able to provide you with copies. Please note that there are no exceptions to this policy. Any requests for copies or for the return of application paperwork will be denied.

Program Interviews

In addition to the application, an on-campus or virtual interview (by-invitation-only) is required for admission. Note: Because of the large number of applicants, not all applicants will be invited for interviews. You will be notified some time after the Application Deadline of the final interview date and time. Since all candidates are interviewed together in a group setting, interview dates cannot be rescheduled.

Application Checklists (for Fall 2024 applicants)

These checklists are for organizational purposes. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all requirements for admissions are met. 

PDF icon M.S. in Counseling Application Checklist: School Counseling, College Counseling and Student Services

PDF icon M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy Application Checklist 

PDF icon M.S. in School Psychology Application Checklist

PDF icon M.A. in Early Childhood Educational Psychology Application Checklist

Application Deadlines

  • For the M.S. in Counseling program (*This includes both options: College Counseling and Student Services, School Counseling):
    • Fall 2023 Application Period is closed.
    • Fall 2024 Application Period is October 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023.
  • For the M.S. in School Psychology program:
    • Fall 2023 Application Period is closed.
    • Fall 2024 Application Period is October 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023.
  • For the M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy program:
    • Fall 2023 Application Period is closed.
    • Fall 2024 Application Period is October 1, 2023 to December 15, 2023.
  • For the M.A. in *Early Childhood Educational Psychology program (ECE) (*program and degree name change effective Fall 2023)
    • Fall 2023 Application Period is open. **The deadline has been extended to May 31, 2023.** See this program flyer for more information. 
    • Spring 2024 Application Period is August 1, 2023 to November 3, 2023.
    • Fall 2024 Application Period is October 1, 2023 to April 12, 2024.
  • Please note: We will not accept applications for the Development, Learning, Instruction, and Evaluation (DLI&E) or the Career Counseling programs this application period.

Important Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to adhere to the department application deadlines. Should the applicant apply to the University via the Cal State Apply application system after the deadline, the application will not be reviewed by the department. It is also important to note that per University policy, application fees are non-refundable. See: Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application Procedures