Admissions Requirements:

Students are accepted into the graduate program during the fall and spring semesters. The typical full-time course load for graduate students is 9 - 11 hours per semester. Applications from students with Bachelor’s degrees in areas other than psychology are accepted, pending departmental approval. In these cases, some undergraduate courses in psychology may be required prior to unconditional acceptance into the graduate program.

To be admitted unconditionally into the graduate program in psychology, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
  1. Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 in undergraduate courses, or a minimum of 3.25 for the last 60 hours of coursework.
  2. Have a minimum combined score of 300 on the verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE. The psychology GRE is not required for admission to the program.
  3. Submit THREE strong letters of recommendation, with at least TWO from a Psychology faculty member. Ideally, all three letters will be from faculty members.
  4. Submit a statement of intent for graduate study, indicating why you want to pursue a Master’s degree in our department and with whom you wish to work.
  5. Submit a writing sample from undergraduate or previous graduate work, preferably empirical research in the form of a lab report.

International students whose native language is not English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score at least 500. In addition, international students must apply for admission to the program a minimum of 4 months prior to expected attendance date.

Students who do not meet these criteria, in special circumstances, may be admitted conditionally to the program with departmental approval. Conditional admittance requires both departmental approval and approval from the graduate dean. 

Students who are admitted conditionally must maintain a 3.0 average for the first 12 hours of graduate work. They must also satisfy any specific conditions of admittance during the first semester (e.g., re-taking the GRE to achieve acceptable scores). If students successfully meet this requirement, their status converts to unconditional admittance after 12 hours of graduate work. If students fail to meet the minimum GPA requirement, they will be dismissed from the UAH Psychology graduate program.