Graduate School Information

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Includes “Frequently Asked Questions” about applying to graduate school and what to expect

Includes some of the graduate programs that psychology students often apply to at California State University, Northridge

Where do I get information on different graduate schools?

Each school will have different requirements and deadlines.  You will need to seek info from the various university websites and/or program advisors in order to learn more about the program and what will be required.

What is typically required?

1. Requirements will vary but most will require:
2. Application to both the University AND Department
3. Letters of Recommendation (either in letter or form format)
4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores
5. Official Transcripts
6. Statement of Purpose
7. Pre-requisites

When are applications due?

Applications deadlines will vary.  Applications are often due between 8 to 5 months before the semester you are applying for (i.e. between January and April for Fall enrollment)

Can I apply to a PhD program directly after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology?

Yes.  Applying directly for a PhD program may be more competitive but may suit your overall educational and professional goals.  In preparation for this goal, you may want to obtain a high cumulative GPA, internship/volunteer experience, and research experience.  Always refer to the website or contact person at a particular school of interest, in order to acquire specific knowledge of what would make you more prepared and competitive during the application process.

What does my GPA need to be in order to get into Graduate School?

Typically, graduate schools require a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA for admission.  Please check with each university, as there may be exceptions made for students with a lower GPA.

Where can I get help with the process?

The Psychology Advisement Office can provide you with some information on the overall process of applying to graduate school and help you with ways to start your search.

Faculty advisors are also available to discuss graduate school and the psychology profession.

Graduate Programs at CSUN: Related to Psychology

Below are links to CSUN graduate programs that our psychology students often indicate interest in.  This list is intended to provide insight for individuals who are just starting the exploration process of discovering what types of graduate programs exist in the field of psychology.  After starting here, you may want to search various other universities to learn about other possibilities.

Master’s of Arts in Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychological Science
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis

Master’s of Science in Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • School Psychology
  • School Counseling
  • College Counseling & Student Services
  • Career Counseling

Some students also pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with goals of furthering their education in the fields of:
  • Business
  • Law
  • Medicine