Admissions Overview

Graduating student fans herself while sitting with the rest of her graduating class during ceremony.The Department of Psychology offers the Master of Arts degree with an emphasis on research and conceptual skills for students whose primary interest is in continuing their education in a doctoral program.

The department also offers the Master of Science degrees in Forensic Psychology.  The Forensic option prepares individuals to work in the criminal justice system.

Unsure of which program is the best fit for you?

You can read this handy guide put together by one of our faculty, Dr. Heidi Riggio. It gives you a brief overview of the different degree programs offered at the masters or doctoral level. On that page, you will also find some useful links to psychological organizations like APA, APS, and WPA to help you do some further research.


Admission to the Programs in Psychology

Acceptance into any of the department's graduate programs involves a two-step application process:

  1. Applicants must submit an online application to the University by going to For more information or for questions regarding this application, you can visit The Graduate Studies Admissions website or call (323) 343-3820. The University application also requires that you submit one copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

California State University, Los Angeles
Graduate Studies Office, ADM 702
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
  1. Applicants must also submit a separate application directly to the Department of Psychology. Please refer to the application pdf files located below  (under Deadlines, Application Materials column) for more detailed information. In addition to the department application itself, each applicant must also: a) have Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf, b) submit one copy of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended and c) submit a personal statement/letter of intent.

Department applications should be mailed or dropped-off in person to the following address:

California State University, Los Angeles
Department of Psychology
Attn: Michael Sizemore
5151 State University Drive, KH C3104
Los Angeles, CA 90032-8227
  1. As part of the application process, an interview and/or writing sample may be requested.

Please note: if you are mailing your application, we recommend you contact the department office at (323) 343-2272 to confirm receipt of your materials.



Applicants must submit complete departmental and CSU Mentor applications by the deadlines listed below to be considered for September (Fall) admission:

Forensic Psychology Option (MS in Psychology)


MA in Psychology


Prerequisite Program for Non-Psychology Majors

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in Psychology are also encouraged to submit the University and Department applications and required materials. In such instances, admission may be granted on a conditional basis. Students admitted conditionally will be required to complete 31-36 units of Psychology coursework with a GPA of 3.0 or higher before beginning the Masters program. Whenever possible, credit will be given for equivalent coursework taken elsewhere. Click here for a list of Prerequisite Coursework.

Please note: coursework taken at a community college does not apply to upper division psychology requirements.



Have questions? No worries, we are here to help! You can click on our Frequently Asked Questions page for a list of the most common questions we get asked. If your question isn't listed, check below for our contact information.


For More Information

For other questions or for clarification on any aspect of the application process, please email the Graduate Assistant, Michael Sizemore. You can also reach him at (323) 343-2272.

You may also contact the Faculty Director of each respective program:

Forensic Psychology - Dr. Mitchell Eisen (323) 343-5006

Master of Arts - Dr. Jessica Dennis (323) 343-2276