Admissions FAQs

 

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

2.      What are the admission standards?

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.      How can I obtain an application?

4.      Is there an application fee?

5.      To whom do I mail my application?

6.      What should I say in my personal statement?

7.      How many letters of recommendation are required?

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

9.      Do you conduct interviews?

10.  How can I schedule a site visit? 

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, experimental psychology, and

two or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical, abnormal, personality, developmental).

(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. 

 

 

2.      What are the admission standards?

      

Admission standards are somewhat flexible, but the following guidelines are used by members of the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee in making admission decisions:

 

Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.

 

This 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, experimental

psychology, and two or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical,

abnormal, personality, developmental).

(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.)  

 

Unconditional Admission.


In order to be admitted unconditionally to the graduate program in psychology, the

applicant should present an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, competitive

scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and should provide three satisfactory letters of

recommendation from individuals in a position to judge the applicant's potential for success

in graduate study. In addition, the applicant must have completed all undergraduate

courses listed above. GRE scores which are more than ten years old will not be accepted.

 

Conditional Admission.


Students who are not eligible for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional

basis at the discretion of the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee. Removal from conditional admission status depends upon completion of all assigned undergraduate leveling course work and successful completion of the General Performance Appraisal (see below).

 

 

3.      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.  
 

 

4.      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.

 

 

5.      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.

 

 

6.    What is the average GPA of admitted students?

The average undergraduate GPA of students admitted in the last seven years is 3.43.

 

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

 

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

 

Verbal             493

Quantitative     546

Writing            4.5

 

8.      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).

1.      What are the deadlines for application?

 

Applications for fall admission must be received by May 1st.  Should positions remain open after the May 1st evaluation, a second group of applications will be evaluated July 1st.

Applications for spring admission must be received by November 1st.


If any part or parts of your application are likely to arrive after the deadline, please contact

Dr. Carlston, the Graduate Program Coordinator, to determine any impact that the delay may have

on your application review.

 

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

 

Click the link below to view and print an application checklist.

 

(Link to application checklist)

 

3.      How can I obtain an application?

 

The following link will take you to pdf file of the application which you can complete online, print,

and mail to the Graduate Program Coordinator.

 

(Link to application pdf)
(Link to scholarship form)

4.      Is there an application fee?

 

There is a fee associated with the application to the MSU Application for Graduate Admission.  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 school)

 

5.      To whom do I mail my application?

 

Please send your Psychology program application to:

 

 Graduate Coordinator Psychology Department

    c/o Graduate Recruiter

    Midwestern State University Graduate School

    3410 Taft Blvd.
             Wichita Falls, TX 76308

6.      What should I say the personal statement section of my application?

 

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. 

 

7.      How many letters of recommendation are required?

 

We request three letters of recommendation.  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. 

 

8.      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 writer form)

 

Be sure to complete the top portion of the form prior to delivering the form to your letter writer.  Also,

it is a good idea to provide your letter writers with a copy of your vita, personal statement, and

information about our program so that they can write a more detailed and supportive letter.

 

9.      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.

 

10.  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, Dara Ashlock, the Graduate Recruiter.  The campus tour through the admissions office is generally geared towards undergraduate students.  Dara 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. However you decide to visit, be sure to contact 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.