Admissions Requirements

Applicants may obtain the requisite application materials from the Psychology Department Graduate Coordinator, the Graduate School, or online. Required application materials include the Application for Admission to Graduate Studies at Midwestern State University, the Application for Admission to the Masters in Clinical/Counseling Psychology program, three completed Student Recommendation forms, and the Scholarship Application Form. These completed forms, together with transcripts of all under­graduate work and official Graduate Record Examination scores are to be submitted to the Graduate School.

Graduate Coordinator, Psychology Department

c/o Graduate School

Midwestern State University

3410 Taft Blvd.

Wichita Falls, TX 76308

The Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee votes on each application with the majority opinion prevailing. In cases of a tie, the tie breaking vote is cast by the Dean of the Prothro­-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Applications for fall admission will be evaluated 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 will be evaluated November 1st. Ordinarily, no applications will be processed unless they are complete. Although applications received or completed after these deadlines will be considered, no guarantee can be made that processing will be finished in time for registration. Furthermore, early applicants will receive first consideration for admission as well as for fi­nancial aid.

Unless special arrangements have been made with the department chair, no student will be allowed to enroll in any graduate psychology course unless he or she has applied for admission and has been accepted into the program. Under no circumstances may students continue in graduate psychology classes beyond the first semester of en­rollment without applying to and being accepted into the program.

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

1. Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. This degree need not be in psychology, but non-­majors can anticipate a substan­tial amount of leveling work.

2. Undergraduate background. Applicants should have completed course work in the following areas of 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). (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.)

3. 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 taken within five years from the date of the application, 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 or most of the undergraduate courses listed above. GRE scores are not the sole cri­terion for consideration of applicants nor are they the primary criterion to end considera­tion of applicants; however, they are a required component of all applications to the program. All factors are considered in the admissions process, but are not specifically weighted.

4. 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 acceptable performance in the program.