Department of Psychology Graduate Study

Master's Degree Research Option Application Form

Master's Degree in Psychology: Research Option
Application Form

The Research Option for the M.A. Degree 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 goals. All students begin their program in the fall quarter and take several core courses together. Students are required to attend biweekly faculty lectures that introduce them to the research interests and activities of the faculty.

Students must submit an application for the Research Option by February 1st of any given year for consideration for the following September. Students are responsible for providing all materials to accompany their application and only complete applications will be processed. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15th following their submission.

Students are required to have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to be eligible for the Research Option. Students with a GPA of 2.75 to 3.0 must present evidence that they are committed to and qualified for graduate work. This evidence could include (but is not limited to) relevant experience, or GRE scores with an Advanced Psychology Score of 550 or higher. Students with a GPA below 2.75 will not be considered. All applicants will be notified of the results by April 15th for the following September. Students applying for the program must also apply to the University. Forms may be obtained at CSLA, Admissions Office (ADM 228), 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032.

Your Full Name:  

Your Address (Street, City, Zip):  

Your Telephone Number (work & home):  

Your Social Security Number:  

Your Date of Birth:  

Your Email Address:  

What is your sex?   

Educational History: Please list all colleges you have attended (year, major, units completed, GPA), beginning with the most recent and have official transcripts from each of the institutions listed below sent to the Department of Psychology.

What is your GPA for your last 90 quarter or 60 semester units using the following scale? A=4;B=3;C=2;D=1;F=0. 

What is your main area of interest within psychology? (feel free to check multiple boxes)

    Applied Behavior Analysis
    Clinical/Counseling/Abnormal Psychology
    Cross-Cultural Psychology
    Developmental Psychology
    General Experimental Psychology
    Health Psychology
    Social/Personality Psychology

If you have a preferred faculty mentor, please specify. However, selecting a mentor is no guarantee that the faculty member is available.  

Submit the following with your application form:

(1) Two letters of recommendation from faculty members or others who are familiar with your academic capabilities.

(2) In the box below, please enter a statement of purpose explaining: (a) your reasons for pursuing a research degree (b) any experience relevant to your goals and interests. If you are cutting and pasting this statement from a word processor, the recommended length is about 400-500 words of text.

By submitting this application, I certify that, to the best of my knowledge, the information given in this form is accurate and complete.


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