Graduate Programs

Master of Arts/Masters of Science

The Psychology Department presently offers two master's degree programs, each with three unique concentrations. The Master of Arts in Psychology program has concentrations in Developmental; Mind, Brain, Behavior; and Social Psychology. The Master of Science in Psychology program has concentrations in Clinical, School, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. All of these concentrations have been designed to meet specific academic needs and to qualify students for further study and/or career goals.

 

Graduate Programs Open House

The department will be having an Open House event for our six Master's concentrations on Wednesday December 13th from 6-8pm in the Ethnic Studies and Psychology Building (EP) room 304. The Graduate Services Coordinator, Katie Vogt, will do an information session for the first half hour about the application process and tips for applying, and the rest of the event will be breakout sessions with faculty and current grad students from each concentration. You can ask questions and get a sense of what our programs are like, and find out more about what kind of research and practica both students and faculty are doing in our department. Free food and refreshments will be provided! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Graduate Services Coordinator, Katie Vogt at kvogt1@sfsu.edu or at 415-338-2711. You can see our flyer for the event here.

Graduate Student Thesis/Research Support

The Psychology Department offers limited funding for graduate student research project.  Students should submit a request for funding to the Department Office no later than Friday, December 8.  To be eligible for funding the student must:

1. Be currently enrolled at SF State.

2. Have a current research project that has been approved by a Faculty Advisor.

3. Have approval from the IRB to perform the research.

A full list of guidelines and procedures can be found on the Request for Student Support Application.

Application Filing Period

The application filing period for all Psychology graduate concentrations is October 1st through February 1st. All application materials must be received by the filing deadline.There is one online application for both the department and the University, on Cal State Apply. You will submit your materials for both the University and the Psychology department at: , including your personal statements, Letters of Recommendation, Letter of Recommendation Waivers, Unoffical Transcripts, GRE scores, and CV. All materials must be completed and submitted by February 1st.

Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Division of Graduate Studies: grad.sfsu.edu – (415) 338-2234 – gradstdy@sfsu.edu.

Questions about admission to a specific psychology program can be directed to the Psychology Graduate Services Coordinator, Katie Vogt (kvogt1@sfsu.edu).

NOTE: If you did NOT receive your MS in School Psychology from SF State, and you want to apply to the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential, YOU MUST GET EXTERNAL EVALUATION before you can apply to the program. For more information, please visit the PPS Credential Page.

The Application Process

For a more detailed How-To Guide on the application process, head over to the Cal State Apply Help Center.

1. University Application (Personal Information, Academic History, Supporting Information)

The first 3 sections of the application on Cal State Apply require you to sign releases of information, as well as to submit your personal information, academic history and unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, and relevant experiences. 

2. Psychology Program Materials

The Psychology Department requires that you write a personal statement based on questions specific to the concentration for which you're applying. This personal statement needs to demonstrate your readiness for graduate level work, as well as any experience you have in your chosen concentration or psychology in general. The statement should also reflect on your motivations for applying, and provide some background on yourself and your academic/research interests. Some concentrations also require that you specify which faculty member you wish to work with and why. Your statement will be a central factor in the evaluation of your total application. The questions and the page limits for each concentration will be listed in the Program Specific Questions portion of the Program Materials section on Cal State Apply. The prompts and page limits are also below.

You will also need to upload a filled out copy of the Department Pre-Requisite Form, where you demonstrate what coursework in Psychology you've already completed. Different concentrations have different specific pre-requisites, so make sure to check the page for your chosen concentration to find out what their pre-reqs are. Generally, it's helpful to have some background classes in psychology, as well as intermediate-level (upper-division) statistics and experience with/classes on research methods in Psychology. You will need to print the Pre-Req form out, sign it, and then scan it in order to upload to Cal State Apply. Please make sure that all of your PDFs have saved and are completely filled in on Cal State Apply before submitting your application.

In addition to the personal statement and the Pre-Req Form, you also will need to upload your Unofficial GRE Test Score Report and up to ten Unofficial Transcripts. In addition, you can also upload a CV/Resume of relevant experience (this is required for Clinical Psychology applicants). 

3. Request Three Letters of Recommendation

All applicants must request at least three letters of recommendation from persons whom are acquainted with your academic qualifications or related experience (i.e. research, practicum, or work). In the Evaluations section of the Cal State Apply Application, you will have the opportunity to enter the names and email addresses of your three references, along with the due date for the letter of recommendation and a short personal message to the evaluator. You will also need to check the box saying that you waive your right to see your letters of recommendation. Each reference will receive an email allowing them to submit their letter directly via the application platform. This email will be from csuinfo@liasoncas.com with a subject line that reads 'Evaluation Request Submitted,' so please remind your evaluator to check their Junk Mail and add csuinfo@liasoncas.com to their contact list to prevent them missing the email. It is highly recommended that you inform your references of your intent to apply prior to submitting your application. (Letters from professors in courses or fields that are closely related to the concentration to which you are applying are the most useful, as well as from employers who are relevant to your chosen field of study).

4. Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants are required to upload legible electronic copies of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended directly to Cal State Apply. These records need to include study abroad coursework, or community college coursework, even if this coursework appears as transfer credit on your degree transcript. Full academic disclosure is required. Photographs or screenshots of transcripts will be rejected. An incomplete academic history will significantly delay review of your application. A set of official transcripts should be later ordered for the University application, and sent to the Graduate Division. The unofficial transcripts will be used during the application review process, but in order to officially enroll after acceptance to a program, all grades must be verified, so be sure to submit your official transcripts to Graduate Division. However, the Division of Graduate Studies may request official transcripts from you at any point during the application review process.

5. GPA Requirement

The departmental application requires applicants to include their cumulative GPA from your degree granting undergraduate institution and your GPA from all undergraduate coursework in psychology. Graduate Division requires applicants to have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 semester units to be considered for admission by the university. If you do not meet this requirement you must contact the coordinator of the concentration to which you intend to apply prior to applying.

6. GRE Requirement

All of the psychology programs require the general portion of the GRE. Request to have your official GRE scores sent directly to the University (California State University – San Francisco school code: 4684). An electronic copy of your score report should be uploaded to your Psychology Department Program Materials portion of the Cal State Apply application. There is a place in the Cal State Apply application that allows you to input your GRE scores, but you also need to upload your GRE Unofficial Score Report as well. To ensure you receive your official scores in time for the application deadline, take the GRE test no later than the December prior to the deadline. For more information regarding the GRE visit www.ets.org/gre

7. Personal Statement

Applicants must upload a personal statement specific to this application to their Psychology Department Program Materials portion of the Cal State Apply application. Prompts for each concentration are listed in the “Personal Statement Prompts” file below and in the Psychology Department Program Materials portion of the Cal State Apply application. For the MA programs, you must specify which faculty member you would like to work with and why.

Personal Statement Prompts

8. CV/Resume

Applicants may submit a Curriculum Vitae or resume (CV/Resume is required for applicants in Clinical Psychology) These items can be uploaded to the Program Materials portion of your Cal State Apply application.

International Students

Inquiries about specific University application procedures for international students should be directed to International Admissions. http://grad.sfsu.edu/content/prospective/international/international-adm...

Reapplying

If you submitted a Psychology Department application during the last admissions cycle and you wish to reapply, you must submit a new application through Cal State Apply and indicate that you have materials on file. You do not need to resubmit official transcripts, letters of recommendation, or your personal statement, however; you may replace any of these items if you wish.

Graduate Programs Application Links

Department Application Forms

Psychology Department Pre-Requisite Form

Letter of Recommendation Waiver

Personal Statement Prompts