Frequently Asked Questions to Graduate Programs in Psychology

1. How many Graduate Programs in Psychology do you have?

We offer two gradaute programs in Psychology, a M.A. and a M.S., each with three unique concentrations. The M.A. programs include concentrations in Developmental Psychology, Social Psychology, and Mind, Brain, and Behavior. The M.S. programs include Clinical Psychology, School Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

We also offer a School Psychology Pupil Personnel Services Credential program. The credential is offered jointly through our School Psychology program and the College of Extended Learning.

 

2. What is the PPS Credential Program? Can I apply?

The PPS Credential Program is the third-year internship program for students who have completed their two-year Graduate Program in School Psychology. Students from outside our own program may also apply to the PPS Credential Program, having already obtained a Graduate Degree in School Psychology or other related field. There is a set list of requirements you must have completed to be admitted, which is listed on the PPS Credential Program Application.

 

3. How many applicants do you accept annually into each program?

Each concentration accepts on average 8 - 12 applicants per year.

 

4. How many applicants do you get each year?

Between thirty and two-hundred, depending on the concentration. 

 

5. Can I apply for Spring admission?

None of the programs are currently accepting Spring admissions.

 

6. What are the tuition rates for resident/non-resident students and other associated costs?

Please view Cashier/Bursar website for current tuition and registration fee information. (http://www.sfsu.edu/prospect/fees.htm ).

 

7. Can I hold a job during the program?

It really depends on which program you're applying to and how flexible your job hours are. All of our graduate programs are FULL TIME PROGRAMS. Some students work part-time during the academic year.

 

8. How many units will I be expected to take per semester?

It ranges between nine and eighteen, depending on the program. Total semester units required for each program are listed below:

  • Clinical - at least 60 total semester units (two-year program)
  • Developmental - at least 30 total semester units (two-year program)
  • Industrial/Organizational - at least 36 total semester units (two-year program)
  • Research - at least 35 total semester units (two-year program)
  • School - at least 55 total semester units (two-year program)
  • PPS Credential - at least 24 total semester units (one-year program)
  • Social - at least 33 total semester units (two-year program)

 

9. When do you notify students regarding their admission status?

Application review begins during the second week of March. At the very soonest, applicants will be notified between April 15th and May 1st.

 

10. I am unsure as to which program I should apply to. Who can advise me in this regard?

Dr. Ryan Howell is the Graduate Coordinator. Each program also has a specific Program Coordinator. Their contact information is listed below.

 

11. I have questions about your Graduate Program in Psychology. Whom should I contact?

For admission, application or prerequisite questions, you should contact the Graduate Secretary. For specific program information, you should contact the appropriate Graduate Concentration Coordinator. Their information is listed below.

 

12. Can you send me a Course Schedule or University Bulletin?

No. You must request these items from the SF State Bookstore. Contact information is provided below. You can also obtain the Course Schedule and University Bulletin online at http://www.sfsu.edu.

 

13. Can you send me Financial Aid information or Housing information?

No. For financial aid information, contact the Office of Financial Aid. For housing information, contact Housing & Residential Services (contact information provided below).

 

14. I was in a graduate program previously. Can my previous units be transferred into your program?

Yes, but only with the approval of the concentration coordinator and no more than 6 units.  Some concentrations do not accept any transfer units.

 

15. Can I audit any graduate courses to get a feel for the program?

This is up to the individual professor's discretion. You'll have to contact the professor to make sure. We don't usually allow it.

 

The Application Process

 

16. What are the Department Application deadlines?

For fall admission, the application deadline is February 1st. This deadline applies not only to the Department Application, but all associated Department Application materials as well and the University Application.

 

17. How many applications do I need to fill out?

Two. You must fill out one Department Application through Academic Jobs Online and one University Application at CSUmentor.edu.

 

18. Where can I get a Department Application?

The departmental application is on our website.

 

19. Where can I get a University Application?

You can request one from the Graduate Division (their contact information is listed below) or by applying online at http://www.csumentor.edu/

 

20. Is there an application fee?

There is no fee for submitting the Department Application. There is a $55 fee for submitting the University Application. There is a $150 fee for new applicants submitting the PPS Credential Program Application. For re-applicants it is $100.

 

21. When should I submit my University Application?

The University Application has the exact same deadline as the Department Application: February 1st. The department encourages you to submit it earlier than the February 1st deadline.

 

22. Where do I send my University Application and all of its related materials?

Send them to the Division of Gradaute Studies. Their contact information is listed below.

 

23. Can I send both my Department Application and my University Application and all of their associated materials to the same location?

No, you must send all materials to their appropriate destinations. Doing so will help ensure that all materials will be received and processed on time.

 

24. Can I be accepted by the Psychology Department/Graduate Program if I have been denied admission from the University?

Yes.  In that case you will need to file a petition in order to enroll in the University.

 

25. Do you accept applicants conditionally?

Yes, generally with completion deadline dates.

 

26. How can I find out if my application is complete?

You should contact the Graduate Secretary by phone or e-mail before the February 1st deadline, preferably with ample time to replace something that may/may not be missing. Contact information is listed below.

 

27. I received notification that my application is incomplete. What gives?

Since the Psychology Department does not send written notification that your application is complete or incomplete, most likely the written notification came from the Division of Graduate Studies regarding your University Application. If you have questions, they should be contacted.

 

28. I am an International Applicant. Do I need to fill out a special application?

You do not need to fill out a special Department Application, but you may need to fill out a special University Application. Please contact the Division of Graduate Studies or the Office of International Programs (contact information is listed below).

 

 

 

Important Contact Information:

 

Miranda Triay, Graduate Secretary

Psychology Department

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue, EP 301

San Francisco CA 94132

Tel. (415) 338-2711

Fax (415) 338-2398

E-mail:mtriay@sfsu.edu

 

The Division of Graduate Studies

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 254

San Francisco CA 94132

Tel. (415) 338-2234

E-mail: gadmit@sfsu.edu

 

Office of International Programs

Tel. (415) 338-1293

E-mail: oip@sfsu.edu

 

Office of Financial Aid

Tel. (415) 338-7000

E-mail: finaid@sfsu.edu

 

Bookstore (Catalog/Bulletin Ordering)

Tel. (415) 338-2665

 

Housing & Residential Services

Tel. (415) 338-1067

 

For Faculty Office hours, please see current department schedule

 

Dr. David Gard, Clinical Psychology Coordinator

Tel. (415) 338-1440

E-mail: dgard@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 235

 

Dr. Jeffrey Cookston, Developmental Psychology Coordinator

Tel. (415) 405-2132

E-mail:cookston@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 501

 

Dr. Christian Wright, Industrial/Organizational Psychology Coordinator

Tel. (415) 338-1465

E-mail: cwright@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 509

 

Dr. Avi Ben-Zeev, Mind Brain and Behavior Co-Coordinator

Tel. (415) 405-2107

E-mail: abenzeev@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 327

 

Dr. Mark Geisler, Mind Brain and Behavior Co-Coordinator

Tel. (415) 338-6026

E-mail: mgeisler@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 325

 

Dr. Diane Harris, School Psychology Coordinator

Tel. (415) 338-7064

E-mail: dharris@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 234

 

Dr. Charlotte Tate, Social Psychology Coordinator

Tel. (415)338-2267

E-mail: ctate2@sfsu.edu

Office: EP 218