Psychology Department

Application Instructions

The MA in Psychological Science program is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 admission!

Application deadline: February 15, 2021.

Applications received by this date will be given full consideration. Only completed applications will be considered. Once you complete your application, you will be assigned a Chico State email address. Communication regarding the status of your application will be sent to this email address. Admission is contingent upon approval by the Psychology Department and the Graduate School.

Overview of application steps

  1. Prepare the required documents
    1. Statement of Purpose
    2. Program Application Form
    3. Unofficial transcripts
  2. Secure three individuals who have agreed to write a Letter of Recommendation
  3. Complete and submit your Cal State Apply application

What documents must I submit to complete my application?

As part of your application, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  1. A Statement of Purpose about your professional and personal goals. Limit the length to two typewritten pages, single-spaced. Include:
    1. A brief description of your background and past experiences that you feel are relevant to your interest in this program.
    2. Area(s) or topic(s) in psychology that interest you for research and study.
    3. Your career goals and reasons for applying to the Psychological Science program.
  2. Program Application Form (PDF)
  3. Unofficial transcripts from every college/university attended since high school.

Is the GRE required for admission to the program?

Due to restrictions imposed by the global coronavirus pandemic, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) requirement is waived for students applying for Fall 2021 admission. Scores from neither the GRE General Test nor the GRE Psychology Subject Test are required. If you do send scores to us we will not accept them and leave them out of the review process.

Who should I ask to write me a letter of recommendation?

Identify three individuals who are familiar with the quality of your academic work (e.g., faculty) and who have agreed to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. In most cases, recommenders are professors from one’s undergraduate institution(s). When you submit your application you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders.

I am a recommender. How do I submit a letter?

You will receive an email from the Cal State Apply system, asking you to upload your letter. The deadline for submitting letters of recommendation is February 15, 2021.

How do I submit my application?

The entire graduate school application must be completed and submitted online via the Cal State Apply system:

What happens after submitting an application?

You will be contacted at your assigned Chico State e-mail regarding the status of your application. If accepted, the department may recommend that you be admitted as either a "conditionally classified" master's degree student (you have yet to complete some of the undergraduate prerequisites) or as a “classified" master's degree student (you have met all of the prerequisites).

If accepted, you are required to return the Notification of Acceptance form, sent to you with the acceptance letter from the department, indicating whether you intend to matriculate by the fall semester. Failure to do so will result in the loss of your position in the program; however, you may reapply the following year, if you choose.

If you have any questions about your application or the application process, please contact the Psychological Science coordinator, Dr. Patrick Johnson. You may also wish to contact this year’s Student Ambassador to the Psychological Science Master’s program, Alaina Castor.

The information above are instructions for applying to the Masters program in Psychological Science. If you are looking for instructions for applying to one of our other two programs, please go to: