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MA Program

The mission of the graduate program in Psychological Science 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 Psychological Science is guided by programmatic student learning outcomes associated with our curricular and co-curricular offerings.   


Applications for admission in Fall 2019 will be accepted starting October 15, 2018.  Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019.  Applications must be complete at that time.  

Applications will be submitted via the Cal State Apply website (see link below).  

A complete application will include:  

  • Transcripts

  You will find the mailing address for transcripts on the Cal State Apply application form.

  • GRE scores

  Verbal, quantitative, and writing scores are required; subject test is optional.

  • Three letters of recommendation

At least two letters must be from college professors who know you.

As you fill out your application in Cal State Apply, you will find that there is no place for you to list the names and email addresses of the three people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you.  This omission is due to an error by system administrators in constructing the recommendation page.  Therefore, please have your three recommenders write their letters for you on university letterhead and send them as attachments to psycma@csusm.eduPlease ask your recommenders to put your name in the subject line.  

Our apologies to you and your recommenders for the inconvenience of this extra step!  Contact us at if you have any questions.  We look forward to receiving your application!

  • Statement of purpose

  No minimum or maximum length

Please be sure that you have taken the GRE in time for the February 1, 2019 deadline.  Late scores may not be accepted.  

BEFORE YOU BEGIN THE APPLICATION, READ THE FAQs THAT CAN BE FOUND ON THIS PAGE.  You need to be sure that the Master's Program in Psychological Science at CSUSM is right for you!

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