Psychology Department

The Master of Arts degree in Psychology

Acceptance into the graduate program is a
two-step process that begins with application for acceptance to the
University.  Persons applying for entry into the graduate program in
Psychology must first be admitted to the University.  Application forms
for the University may be obtained from a major library, community
college, another California State University or on-line at the CSLA
homepage.  The Psychology Department offers a mentor-based graduate
program. Students are encouraged to contact a faculty member in the area
of research in which they are interested before applying to the
University. Positions in the department are limited and acceptance into
the program depends on students finding someone on the faculty who will
agree to serve as a mentor. Acceptance by a faculty member as a mentor
is required for admission to the department

(See Application Form in Graduate Handbook)
. The Master of Arts
degree in psychology is a rigorous program designed to develop research
and conceptual skills for students whose primary interest is in
continuing their education in a doctoral program. A key feature of the
program is a close mentoring relationship with a faculty member who
oversees the student's progress toward his or her individual research


Application Process

Review of applications will begin February 1, with an absolute deadline of
April 10th on any given year for consideration for the following
September; offers of admission will be made on an ongoing basis and hence individuals
who submit an application late in the application review interval
may find that all available spaces have been filled. All applicants will be notified of their status following their
submission by June 1st. Students are responsible for providing all materials to
accompany their application and only complete applications will be
processed. In addition to materials required for admission
to the University, students will need to submit (a) Two letters of
recommendation, (b) A statement of purpose, and (c) application form for
the Masters of Arts degree. (See Section 13.0) The application form for
the Masters of Arts degree is also available from the Department. Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 to
be eligible for the Masters Degree program. Students with a GPA below
2.75 will not be considered.


Students who are admitted to the graduate
program will be assigned to a mentor, for advisement and program
planning. The mentor supervises the student's completion of the program,
but mentors can be changed if a student's interests change and an
alternate is available. Students' specific requirements to meet
individual academic needs are developed in conjunction with the mentor.

Interested students should contact the
Department of Psychology at California State University Los Angeles
(323) 343-2250.

University Catalog

Application Form