The mission of the graduate program in psychology at CSU San Marcos is to provide graduate education of the highest caliber to qualified students from the local community and beyond, leading to the Master of Arts (MA) degree. Our program is designed to accommodate students with a wide range of goals. The active research programs of our faculty, and our recognition of psychology as a scientific enterprise, provide students with the intensive research training and course work in primary content areas that are central to preparation for more advanced graduate work. Likewise, students who have aspirations for careers in community college teaching, community service, or business and industry, benefit from our program's emphasis on critical thinking, research methods, and advanced course work.
Many students undertake graduate work in psychology in order to pursue careers in clinical psychology or psychological counseling. Training specifically geared to those seeking licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC)is not offered at CSUSM. However, the psychology graduate program will prepare students to better compete for admission to doctoral programs in clinical or counseling psychology.
The M.A. in Psychology is guided by programmatic student learning outcomes associated with our curricular and co-curricular offerings.
Applying to the Graduate Program in Psychology:
Applications for the Fall 2013 program are no longer being accepted.
Applications for Fall 2014 will be accepted starting December 1, 2013. Applications will be due on February 1, 2014.
Please follow these steps as you consider applying for admission to our program:
- Before you do anything else, read the FAQ page very carefully (Frequently Asked Questions). It will help you determine if our program is right for you, and if you are right for our program. Additional information can be found in the Graduate Handbook and course descriptions.
- If, based on the FAQ answers, you think our program is a good fit for you, look carefully at the Faculty Research page. Can you identify one or more faculty from this list with whom you would like to do research? Acceptance to our program requires a "match" between you and one or more of our faculty.
- Send an email to the faculty member(s) you have identified to introduce yourself and ask about her/his plans for accepting graduate students in the next cycle.
- If you choose to apply, prepare you department application carefully and neatly. Your statement of purpose will be critical in helping us decide whether or not to admit you, so make it count!
- A complete application is due on February 1, 2014. Late applications are accepted on a case-by-case basis.
- A complete application includes the following elements:
- The application to the CSU completed and submitted on line. (Graduate Application CSU)
- The Psychology Department application completed and submitted on line.
- Official copies of all college transcripts submitted to Graduate Admissions, CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 (Note: if you graduated from CSUSM you need not do this)
- Official copies of all college transcripts submitted to Gardie Lueders, Administrative Assistant, Department of Psychology, CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 (Note: if you graduated from CSUSM you may print out a copy of your CSUSM transcripts and bring them to Ms. Lueders to place in your file.)
- Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from professors you have had, sent or emailed (email@example.com) to Gardie Lueders, Administrative Assistant, Department of Psychology, CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001. There is no form for this; your recommenders should write their letters on letterhead.
- GRE scores (the general GRE is required; the subject test in Psychology is not required but is recommended in cases where the student was not a psychology major or where the GPA is marginal). Have your scores sent by the Educational Testing Service to Gardie Lueders, Administrative Assistant, Department of Psychology, CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001.
- Follow up with Gardie Lueders to make sure all of your application materials (letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.) have arrived in our office.
- For additional information about the graduate program, contact Dr. Nancy Caine, Graduate Program Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org)