Admission Requirements

In making admission decisions, our faculty considers evidence of academic and professional potential of our applicants and the availability of departmental resources to meet the needs of the student.

To gain admission into the experimental track, you must meet the below requirements:

  1. Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate program
  2. Maintained a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in undergraduate and graduate work and a 3.25 in major field
  3. Maintained a 3.25 in all psychology coursework and completed at least 20 semester hours or 30 quarter hours of psychology, including coursework in statistics and research methods
  4. The following Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are recommended as minimum scores for consideration of applicants: A Verbal Reasoning score of 151 or higher, a Quantitative Reasoning score of 142 or higher, and an Analytical Writing score of 3.5. 

If you do not meet every requirement listed above, you may be considered for admission on the basis of individual merit and may be accepted on a probationary status. If you are lacking required courses, you may still be considered for admission but will be expected to complete those prerequisites without graduate credit being awarded for those courses.


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The experimental graduate program begins in the fall semester. All application materials must be complete by February 15 for early admission consideration.  Although late applications (those not completed by February 15) will be considered if vacancies are available, it is unusual for there to be openings after the early applicants have been evaluated.  For a complete listing of admission requirements, please refer to the Program Admission Requirements.

Application process

To apply for admission to the Master of Science degree in the department of psychology, you should complete the steps listed below:

  1. Apply to and be admitted to the Graduate College at Missouri State University. A $35 application fee is required.  Please note that being admitted to graduate study at Missouri State is not equivalent to being admitted to the graduate program in the department of psychology.
  2. Submit transcripts to the Missouri State University office of admissions in Carrington Hall  Please note that applicants will not be considered until GRE scores are received.
  3. Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to the Graduate College. Please note that applicants will not be considered until GRE scores are received.
  4. Apply online to the department of psychology - experimental track.  You will have to complete the application twice if you wish to apply to multiple programs.
  5. Provide at least three email addresses for your references in the online application. At least two of these forms should be completed by college-level teachers who are well acquainted with your academic achievements. They will be sent an email to complete the recommendation for you. 

The psychology department will review all submitted applications and will make admission decisions based on the application form, the recommendation forms, previous coursework, the GPA and GRE scores. Admission will be granted to qualified students beginning with the highest rankings until all openings in the program have been filled. If you do not meet all required criteria, you may still be considered for admission to the program based upon compensating factors.


International students

If you are an international student, you are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This requirement can be satisfied by submitting proof of a Test of English as a Foreign Language score of 550. Please visit International Student Services for more information.

Non-degree seeking students

If you are a non-degree seeking graduate student at Missouri State who wishes to become a degree-seeking graduate student in the department of psychology, you must apply to the Graduate College and must be accepted through the regular application process by the psychology department. No more than nine credits of graduate coursework may be earned as a non-degree-seeking graduate student and be counted toward a graduate degree.

Contact information

Questions about the online application may be sent to:

Dr. D. Wayne Mitchell, Coordinator

WayneMitchell@MissouriState.edu

Psychology Main Email

Psychology@MissouriState.edu