SCHOOL Psychology PROGRAM FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My undergraduate major wasn't psychology. Will I need to take the prerequisite psychology courses?
Yes. If you don't have a strong background in psychology, you must have completed the following courses or their equivalent:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Developmental Psychology (or Child Development or Child Psychology)
- Abnormal Psychology (or Abnormal Child Psychology or Psychopathology)
- Theories of Personality
Some substitutions for comparable courses may be considered. These are to be completed before beginning the program.
Note: A completed prerequisite course is not a guarantee of admission to the program.
May I register for graduate courses prior to formal admission?
Yes. You are allowed to take up to three courses (9 credits) as a non-matriculated graduate student. It is strongly recommended that the first courses you take are the prerequisite courses (particularly SED 481/482), if you have not completed them all.
Note: Enrolling in graduate classes is not a guarantee of later admission into the program.
I've completed all of the prerequisite courses. What would be the appropriate first courses (up to the 9 credits allowed) to take in the program as a non-matriculated student?
Choose from any of these:
- CSP 540 Understanding Psychological Testing
- CSP 568 Counseling Across the Lifespan
- CSP 569 Theories of Counseling
- CSP 691 Research Methods
- PSY 527 Abnormal Child Psychology
When will I know if I will be admitted?
When all the application materials have been received, the admissions committee will screen your application. The committee will then select the strongest candidates for a personal interview. All candidates whose applications are complete will receive written notification of the decision by the admissions committee.