Admissions FAQs

Admissions Questions:

  1. Do I have to be a psychology major to apply to your program?
  2. On what are admission decisions based?
  3. What is the total number of students enrolled in your program?
  4. How many students apply to your program each year?
  5. How many students are accepted each year?
  6. What is the average GPA of admitted students?
  7. What is the average GRE score of admitted students?
  8. Do your graduates pursue doctoral education?

 Application Questions:

  1. What are the deadlines for application?
  2. What do I need to do to apply to your program?
  3. Is there an application fee?
  4. To whom do I mail my application?
  5. What should I say in my personal statement?
  6. How many letters of recommendation are required?
  7. Do my letter writers need to complete a supplemental form or do they just provide a letter of support?
  8. Do you conduct interviews?
  9. How can I schedule a site visit?

 

 

 

Admissions Questions:

 

  1. Do I have to be a psychology major to apply to your program?

No. There are certain courses that are required for students to be admitted into the graduate program. Specifically, applicants should have completed the following courses in psychology with a grade of C or better: introductory psychology, statistics, learning, experimental psychology, and one or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical, abnormal, personality). (Note: It may be possible for some of these courses to be completed as leveling work at Midwestern, and in some cases, while the student is enrolled in graduate psychology courses.) Students who have not majored in psychology have generally been as successful as other students in the program.

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  1. On what are admissions decisions based?     

Admission decisions are influenced by a variety of factors.  The following guidelines are used by members of the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee in making admission decisions:

Undergraduate Performance

Certainly, a student's undergraduate GPA is an important factor in the admission process, as past behavior is a strong predictor of future behavior.  A students degree need not be in psychology, but non-majors can anticipate a substantial amount of leveling work. Applicants should have completed the following courses in psychology with a grade of C or better: introductory psychology, statistics, learning, experimental psychology, and one or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical, abnormal, personality). (Note: It may be possible for some of these courses to be completed as leveling work at Midwestern, and in some cases, while the student is enrolled in graduate psychology courses.)  

Graduate Record Exam Scores

All applicants will complete the Graduate Record Exam.  Students scores across all three sections will be evaluated for admission.

Supplemental Application Materials

Admission decisions will also be based upon any supplemental application materials provided.  These materials may include personal statements, letters of recommendation, and additional materials determined important by the applicant.

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  1. What is the total number of students enrolled in your program?

We have funding for 18 students in the program. We typically run between 14 and 18 students. This results in a faculty student ratio of about 1:3.

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  1. How many students apply to your program each year?

This is somewhat variable as well. On the average we have between 5 and 10 applications for spring admissions and between 8 and 15 for fall admissions.

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  1. How many students are accepted each year?

Because we do not accept students that we cannot fund, the number of new students varies from semester to semester depending on the size of the graduating class. Generally we have the ability to accept 5-7 students in the fall semester and 2-3 students in the spring semester. We can fund 18 positions.

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  1. What is the average GPA of admitted students?

            The average undergraduate GPA of students admitted in the last seven years is approximately 3.34.

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  1. What is the average GRE score of admitted students?

 Over the past seven academic years, the approximate GRE scores are as follows:

Verbal            153

Quantitative    148

Writing            3.5

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  1. Do your graduates pursue doctoral education?

Approximately a quarter to a third of our students pursue doctoral education. In fact, our graduates have an excellent record of acceptance into doctoral programs (e.g., Bowling Green State University, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma, Texas Women's University, Florida State University).

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1. What are the deadlines for application?

An initial review of applications for fall semesters will be conducted March 1st.  Following March 1st, applications will be reviewed as received.

Review of applications for spring semesters will be conducted November 1st.

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2. What do I need to do to apply to your program?

Three pieces of information are required for application:

You will need to complete the ApplyTexas application.  This can be done online at the following website: https://www.applytexas.org/

You will need to complete the GRE and send your scores to Midwestern State University.

You will need to send transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.

Additional information (i.e., personal statement, letters of recommendation, vita) may be submitted by applicants for consideration.

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3. Is there an application fee?

There is a fee associated with the application to the ApplyTexas Application. The fee will be assessed when you complete the application on line. The fee information can be found on the Graduate Studies website.

(link to the graduate college application process)

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4. To whom do I mail my application?

Dr. David Carlston, Graduate Program Coordinator

C/O Amanda Walton

3410 Taft Blvd.

Wichita Falls, TX 76309

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5. What should I say in my personal statement?

Personal statements are not required.  However, their inclusion can be helpful. Although there are many formats for writing personal statements, we are primarily looking for three pieces of information: your professional goals, your background/preparation for graduate studies, and why you are interested in the MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at MSU.

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6. How many letters of recommendation are required?

Letters of recommendation are not required.  However, you may request up to three letters.  Although you may request letters from numerous people attesting to a variety of strong characteristics, we are most interested in letters from faculty who can attest to your academic ability and who can speculate on your academic potential.

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7. Do my letter writers need to complete a supplemental form or do they just provide a letter of support?

We do ask letter writers to complete a short form to accompany their letters of recommendation. The form can be downloaded from the following link:

(Link to Letter Form)

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8. Do you conduct interviews?

We do not conduct interviews. However, we have had several students come to MSU for a site visit during which they have introduced themselves to faculty. Additionally, a site visit allows applicants a chance to ask specific questions and get a feel for the program.

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9. How can I schedule a site visit?

There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you can schedule an official campus tour through MSU Admissions. This is a good way to get a general feel for the campus. Second, you can contact, the Graduate Office.  The campus tour through the admissions office is generally geared towards undergraduate students. The Graduate Office will likely be able to arrange a tour that will provide you more information about graduate studies at Midwestern. Third, you can always come to campus for an informal, self-guided look around. How ever you decide to visit, be sure to contact the Dr. Carlston, the Psychology Graduate Coordinator, ahead of time informing him of your visit so that he can be sure to meet with you and arrange for you to meet briefly with faculty and current graduate students.

(Link to Admissions campus tour)

(Link to David Carlston)

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