Prospective Students

MASTER OF ARTS IN PSYCHOLOGY

Updated September 10, 2020

Admissions application deadline is March 1st at 5:00pm PST. Any application after this deadline will not be considered. 

Prospective students should use the Cal State Apply application to apply to either the Clinical or Health Psychology option. Students must apply on or before March 1st to be considered for admission. Due to processing time, we strongly recommend that you complete your Cal State Apply application and submit official transcripts at least four weeks in advance of the department's March 1st application deadline. 

Students will apply to and submit all required materials online via Cal State Apply: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate

NOTE: Please see Admissions Requirements below and download the program Information Packet for more information regarding admissions procedures and required supporting documents. 

 

Fall Application 
Application OpenOctober 1st 
Application DeadlineMarch 1st 

 

M.A. Clinical Psychology Option (MACP)

The Master or Arts in Psychology (Clinical Psychology track) is designed to meet professional needs of college graduates who plan careers in community mental health or who are already employed as paraprofessionals and desire to further their education and opportunities for advancement. The student is offered a unique opportunity to obtain solid academic knowledge of clinical psychology coupled with extensive research and supervised experience in the application of such knowledge.

In the Psychology M.A. (clinical) the student is required to complete 33 units of credit, plus 550 hours of supervised practicum in a clinical setting within the community. In addition, the student must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination or a thesis.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

MACP Information Packet (Download PDF)

1. Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited institution of higher education

2. At least a 3.0 GPA or "B" average in the last 60 semester units attempted

3. Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent, with a least a "B" average:

  • PSY 230 - Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology 
  • PSY 235 - Introduction to Research Methods 
  • PSY 330 - Behavioral Statistics and Research Design and/or PSY 331 - Measurement in Psychology 
  • PSY 360 - Theories of Personality 
  • PSY 363 - The Abnormal Personality 
  • PSY 464 - Introduction to Clinical Psychology 

4. Unofficial Copy of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Scores General Test (Not Required but Optional for Fall 2021 Admission Only) 

  • Due to COVID19, students submitting applications to our MA Psychology Graduate Program for the Fall 2021 will not be required to take the GRE or submit a score report. Students who would like to submit GRE test scores may do so, and these will be reviewed as part of their application package. However, it should be noted that applications including GRE scores will not be weighted more heavily than applications that did not include a GRE report.
  • Students may voluntarily upload an official photocopy of their GRE report for Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing portions.

5. Special consideration concerning the waving of some of the above requirements is possible (e.g., if the student has had extensive previous experience in the community or clinical area) 

  

M.A. Health Psychology Option (MAHP)

The Master of Arts in Psychology (Health Psychology track) will provide students with a solid academic background in health psychology. This specialized track is designed to meet the professional needs of college graduates who plan careers in community mental health and other health care settings such as rehabilitation centers, primary care centers and hospices. In addition, students enrolled in the Health Psychology Option will learn how to promote wellness in individuals and within organizations, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and treatment programs. The goal of concentrated study in health psychology is to provide the student with an understanding of the relationships among relationships among biological, psychological, and social factors as they interact to influence mental and physical health. This goal is accomplished through an integrated program of coursework and research training.

In the Psychology M.A. (Health Psychology track) the student is required to complete 36 units of credit, including three hours of practicum course work. In addition, the student must successfully complete a thesis.

 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

MAHP Information Packet (Download PDF)

1. Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited institution of higher education

2. At least a 3.0 GPA or "B" average in the last 60 semester units attempted

3. Successful completion of the following undergraduate courses or their equivalent, with a least a "B" average:

  • PSY 230 - Elementary Statistical Analysis in Psychology 
  • PSY 235 - Introduction to Research Methods 
  • PSY 330 - Behavioral Statistics and Research Design and/or PSY 331 - Measurement in Psychology 
  • PSY 363 - The Abnormal Personality 
  • PSY 370 - Health Psychology or coursework in biological psychology

4. Unofficial Copy of Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Scores General Test (Not Required but Optional for Fall 2021 Admission Only) 

  • Due to COVID19, students submitting applications to our MA Psychology Graduate Program for the Fall 2021 will not be required to take the GRE or submit a score report. Students who would like to submit GRE test scores may do so, and these will be reviewed as part of their application package. However, it should be noted that applications including GRE scores will not be weighted more heavily than applications that did not include a GRE report.
  • Students may voluntarily upload an official photocopy of their GRE report for Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing portions.

5. Special consideration concerning the waving of some of the above requirements is possible (e.g., if the student has had extensive previous experience in the community or clinical area)   

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

Prospective applicants can complete an application through the Cal State Apply website located at: https://www2.calstate.edu/apply/graduate.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are due March 1st for entrance into the Fall cohort.

All supporting documents must be submitted and received by this date:

  • Personal Statement
  • Resume/CV
  • Official & unofficial transcripts
  • Official & unofficial copy of GRE scores
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • 1 Writing Sample
Is there a GPA minimum requirement?

Potential applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA or “B” average in the last 60-90 semester units attempted (excluding lower division and extension units). Also, applicants must have at least a “B” average in all lower and upper division pre-requisites.

Do I need to take the GRE? What are the score requirements?
  • Due to the Covid-19, students submitting applications to our MA Psychology Graduate Program for the Fall 2021 will not be required to take GRE or submit a score report. Students who would like to submit GRE test scores may do so, and these will be reviewed as part of their application package. However, it should be noted that applications including GRE scores will not be weighted more heavily than applications that did not include a GRE report. 
  • Students may voluntarily upload an unofficial photocopy of their GRE report for verbal, quantitative and analytical writing portions.  
  • There are no minimum score cut-offs for the GRE.
What are the University and Department codes for the GRE?

The code for CSUDH is 4098. The department code for clinical psychology is 2001.

How many letters of recommendation are required?

Master’s degree candidates are required to submit a minimum of 3 letters of recommendation with at least two from academic experts (professors) who can speak to the candidate’s academic preparation for graduate school and/or aptitude for work or research in clinical or health psychology. Additional letters may be included but are not required. 

Does the Psychology department office accept letters of recommendation?

No, the Psychology Department does not accept letters of recommendation. All letters must be submitted via the Cal State Apply recommendation portal.

When will I be notified if I have been accepted into the program?

The Department of Psychology will notify applicants recommended for acceptance to Admissions Office the beginning of April.

If accepted into the program, can I attend part-time?

Yes, it is possible to attend part-time.

Where do I send my official transcripts?

All official transcripts must be submitted to the Office of Admissions

Please send official transcripts to mailing address below:

CSU Dominguez Hills
Office of Admissions
1000 E. Victoria Street, WH-290
Carson, CA 90747
What are the pre-requisites for the Clinical Psychology (MACP) option?

Successful completion of the following undergraduate course or their equivalent with at least a “B” average.

  • PSY 230 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • PSY 235 Research Methods (3)
  • PSY 330 Behavioral Statistics and Research Design (3) and/or PSY 331 Measurement in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 360 Theories of Personality (3)
  • PSY 363 The Abnormal Personality (3)
  • PSY 464 Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)
What are the pre-requisites for the Health Psychology (MAHP) option?

Successful completion of the following undergraduate course or their equivalent with at least a “B” average.

  • PSY 230 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • PSY 235 Research Methods (3)
  • PSY 330 Behavioral Statistics and Research Design (3) and/or PSY 331 Measurement in Psychology (3)
  • PSY 363 The Abnormal Personality (3)
  • PSY 370 Health Psychology (3) or biological psychology coursework
Will I be eligible for a license after earning a degree from the program?

The MA in Clinical Psychology is currently in the process of modifying its program to be able to offer all of the courses required for the LPCC.  This approval processes does take time, however, the goal is that students entering Fall, 2021 will have the option of pursuing the LPCC licensure option and students entering Fall, 2020 will be notified with enough time to have the option to complete those additional courses needed for the LPCC licensure.  Unfortunately, at this time we cannot guarantee this will happen prior to the completion of the MA PSY program.

What is the length of the program?
  • For Clinical Psychology: The program is designed to take 2 years to complete. Students must complete 30 units of coursework and 550 supervised clinical hours.
  • For Health Psychology: The program is designed to take 2 to 2 ½ years to complete, pending completion of approved thesis.
How much does the program tuition and housing cost?