Admissions Overview

The Department of Psychology offers: 

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 (Note: The Psychology Department at Cal State LA does not offer doctoral degrees). 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 Masters Programs in Psychology

Acceptance into either of the department's graduate programs involves two separate applications:

  1. Applicants must submit an online application to the University by going to Cal State Apply: For more information or for questions regarding this application, you can visit The Graduate Admissions website or call (323) 343-3901. The University application also requires that you submit one copy of official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to the Admissions Office.

Official transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment 
Student Affairs 101
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 files located below under "Deadlines and Applications" for more detailed information. In addition to the Psychology Department application itself, each applicant must also submit: a) three (3) letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf, b) one copy of unofficial transcripts from each college or university attended and c) 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: Graduate Coordinator
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) 343-2250 to confirm receipt of your materials.


Deadlines and Applications

Applicants must submit completed Psychology Department and Cal State Apply applications by the deadlines listed below to be considered for Fall 2021 admission:

Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology


Masters of Arts 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 Coordinator, Marie Bruno. You can also reach her 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. Karen Wu (323) 343-2283