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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.   


We are no longer accepting applications for admissions in Fall 2018. The deadline was February 1st, 2018.

The deadline for Fall 2019 will be February 1st, 2019.

Current applicants: We will contact you if any parts of your application are missing. We expect to make admissions decisions by the end of March 2018.