Graduate Admissions

MA in Psychological Sciences Admissions

Application Submission Deadlines
M.A. in Psychological Sciences Deadlines: Fall
Priority Deadline
(for full consideration for admission and funding)
February 1
Final University Domestic (US Citizen and Permanent Resident) Deadline   June 1
Final University International Deadline  June 1

Applications are currently being reviewed. For best consideration to begin the Fall semester, please submit your application by February 1. While February 1 is our best consideration deadline, we will continue to review applications until the cohort fills or June 1, whichever comes first.

A step-by-step application guide is available at Graduate Admissions.

To ensure your application is reviewed for the Fall, all documents should be received as soon as possible. Visit Graduate Admissions for the online application.

Admissions Requirements


Please see the USF Graduate Catalog section for instructions regarding Admissions to find University application requirements.


Please see the admissions requirements for the M.A. in Psychological Sciences program.

  • GPA Worksheet - Please complete the GPA worksheet to calculate your upper-level undergraduate GPA.
  • Unofficial Transcripts - Please upload your unofficial transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. They are sufficient for departmental application review purposes and expedite the review process.
  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.00 or better in the last two years (60 hours) of undergraduate work
  • GRE scores -  We do not require a minimum GRE score as all aspects of the applicant’s file are taken into consideration for admission decisions. However, GRE scores that are well below a competitive range will reduce chances of admission. The range overall for recently entering cohorts has been 148-164 (Verbal) and 145-160 (Quantitative).
  • Prior undergraduate coursework in Introduction to Psychology, Statistics, and Research Methods

Application requirements

  • A 1000-word statement of intent for seeking an M.A. in Psychological Sciences to include:
    • Discussion of your academic background
    • The specific scholarly interests, how your background has prepared you to excel in the program, and how you intend to apply your education when you complete our program.
    • In addition, please indicate whether you have an interest in pursuing the thesis option, the non-thesis option, or have no preference.*
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (three preferred) from qualified people familiar with the nature of the work required of graduate students in the social sciences and who can address your ability to excel in graduate work. One (1) letter must be from an academic reference.
  • Two (2) samples of professional or academic writing, in which one sample must be a minimum 5-page APA style research paper.

Standardized Tests

The GRE is required to complete application to this graduate program and be fully admitted to the program. Official scores must be submitted to directly from the testing agency to USF St. Petersburg campus institution code: 5828. However, applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite processing of their applications while awaiting the official scores. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from the testing agency are received. Students are encouraged to begin their application even if they do not have a score to submit.

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting TOEFL scores earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test is required for admission to a graduate program. Applications submitted with TOEFL scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied. Information on the waiver of this requirement can be found at graduate admissions.

Thesis Track

Please note that the thesis option is only available to students pursuing full-time study in this program (9 credit hours in Fall and Spring; 6 credit hours in Summer). The thesis track requires more work and is primarily for those wishing to pursue the Ph.D. Only the best students will be accepted into this track. 



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