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 career goals.

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. This includes official transcripts and test scores which must be submitted to Graduate Admissions as part of the University application.

The Application Process

There are two applications which must be completed simultaneously. Both applications must be completed and all materials must be submitted by February 1st.

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

Online App How To Guide

Graduate Program Applications

1. Academic Jobs Online Account

Our online Graduate Programs Application platform is hosted by Academic Jobs Online. In addition to the materials listed below, applicants will need to fill out a basic coversheet that contains the applicant’s contact information. Once this is complete an account will be created automatically and the password will be sent via email. Please note that this platform was designed for job applications and not all fields apply to our graduate programs application. If you attempt to edit your cover sheet after submitting your application you will be asked questions pertaining to future job applications. Your response to these questions will not affect the status of this application. (where you will be submitting your application) does not refer to any paid position in the department, and is only the name of the hosting site for our applications.  

2. Psychology Department Application Form

The Psychology Department Application form gives each applicant the opportunity to list Psychology coursework, research experience, and work experience. This form is available as a fillable PDF at the top of this page. Once complete the form can be uploaded to your online Psychology department application.

Psychology Department Application Form

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). When you begin the online departmental application you will have the opportunity to enter the email addresses of your three references. Each reference will receive an email allowing them to submit their letter directly via the application platform.  This email will be from with a subject line that reads 'Reference Letter Request for...'. 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).

4. Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form

All applicants must submit a waiver of their right to view their letters of recommendation. A PDF of this waiver is available at the top of this page. Please print the waiver and fill it out in its entirety. Be sure to list the names of all three references and sign the waiver statement for each one. Once complete upload this waiver to your Psychology department application.

Letter of Recommendation Waiver

5. Unofficial Transcripts

Applicants can upload electronic copies of your university transcripts directly to your portfolio. A set of transcripts should be ordered for the University application, and sent to the Graduate Division. The unofficial transcripts will be used during the application review process, but before any admission decision can be made all grades must be verified so be sure to submit your official transcripts to Graduate Admissions by the application deadline.

6. 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. The Graduate Admissions 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.

7. 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 application portfolio. 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 /*

8. Personal Statement

Applicants must upload a personal statement specific to this application to their Psychology application portfolio. Prompts for each concentration are listed in the “Personal Statement Prompts” file above and in their respective application postings in the “Position Description” field (see links below).

Personal Statement Prompts

9. CV/Resume

Applicants may submit a Curriculum Vitae or resume (CV rquired for Cinical Psychology). These items can be uploaded to your Psychology application portfolio.

International Students

Inquiries about specific University application procedures for international students should be directed to International Admissions.


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.

Graduate Programs Application Links

Master of Science

Clinical Psychology

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

School Psychology

Master of Arts

Developmental Psychology

Mind Brain & Behavior

Social Psychology

Application Forms

Online App How To Guide

Psychology Department Application Form

Letter of Recommendation Waiver

Personal Statement Prompts