Graduate Programs Application

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 vocational goals.

Department Application (PDF)

Department Application (PDF Interactive)

Letter of Recommendation Form


The Application Process

There are two applications which must be completed simultaneously.

The University Application

This must be filed with the Division of Graduate Studies. The University application can be obtained online at questions regarding the University application can be directed to the Division of Graduate Studies (415) 338-2234.

The Psychology Department Application

This must be filed with the Psychology Department. Departmental application forms can be obtained from the Psychology Office (Ethnic Studies & Psychology Building, Room 301) or at, All Application materials must be submitted together in one packet, no exceptions!!

Department Application Filing Dates

The application filing dates for the three Master of Arts programs and the three Master of Science programs is February 1st. Application packets must be postmarked by the February 1st deadline, no exception. Late applications will not be reviewed.


Department Application Instructions

International Students

Inquiries about specific University application procedures for international students should be directed to International Admissions at (415) 338-1293 or at Graduate Division, prospective international applicant’s website: main-international.htm


If you submitted a Psychology Department application during the last admissions cycle and you wish to reapply, you must submit a new department application 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.


  1. Download and Fill out the Application:

    The psychology department promotes a self-managed application process. In this process, the applicant is responsible for collecting and submitting all required application materials together in on packet, no exceptions!! This ensures a timely processing of materials. 

  2. Request THREE Letters of Recommendation:

    All candidates must submit three letters of recommendation from persons whom are acquainted with your academic qualifications or research and clinical experiences. For each letter you must include a Letter of Recommendation Release Form which can be found at the end of the Graduate Program Application.  Additionally please request the reference's signature across the sealed flap of the envelope. Shortly before the deadline, contact your references to ensure that the letters are ready for you to pick up and mail in, with the rest of your materials. (Letters from professors in courses that are closely related to the program to which you are applying are the most useful).

  3. Official Transcripts:

    Order a set of official transcripts from all of your undergraduate institution(s), including San Francisco State University, if applicable. A second set of transcripts should be ordered for the University application, and sent to the Graduate Division.

  4. GPA Requirement:

    The departmental application requires you to include your cumulative GPA from your degree granting undergraduate institution and your GPA from all undergraduate coursework in psychology. The Graduate Division requires you to have a minimum of a 3.00 GPA in your last 60 units to be considered by the university for acceptance.

  5. GRE Requirement:

    All of the psychology programs require the €œgeneral portion of the GRE. Request to have your official GRE scores sent directly to the University. To ensure you receive your 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 /* Applicants to the School Psychology Program should include a hard copy of their GRE scores in their department application packet. */ Send Gre scores to the university code: 4684

  6. Send a Complete Departmental Application

    If you would like us to inform you when we receive your departmental application, you should include a self-addressed postcard with a valid stamp. 

    Send your completed packet directly to:

  7. Graduate Secretary (insert program's name)
    Psychology Department, EP 301
    San Francisco State University
    1600 Holloway Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94132-4168