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Psychology Graduate Study at Colorado State University

The following information and instructions have been written to assist the applicant in completing the application materials for our Graduate Programs. The application process is highly competitive with 500 plus applicants each year. Although the selection process is not based on GPA and GRE scores alone, we recommend that applicants have a GPA in the range of 3.2 to 3.6 or better, and GRE Verbal and Quantitative scores in the range of 50 to 70th percentile or better.

Across all graduate training programs in the Department, we offered positions to 41 out of 805 applicants for the 2015 term. The average GRE Verbal percentile was 77%, average GRE Quantitative percentile was 59%, and average GRE Writing percentile was 72%. The average GPA of applicants offered positions was 3.68.

Across all graduate training programs in the Department, we offered positions to 48 out of 916 applicants for the 2014 term. The average GRE Verbal percentile was 79%, average GRE Quantitative percentile was 62%, and average GRE Writing percentile was 72%. The average GPA of applicants offered positions was 3.68.

Applied Social and Health, Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience, Counseling and I/O psychology programs offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees, but only accept those applicants who definitely wish to pursue the Ph.D.

The Masters in Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MAIOP) program is entirely online and only offers an M.S. degree.

All programs only admit students in the Fall.

The application deadlines for each specialization are:

December 1st - Counseling Psychology, Industrial Organizational Psychology

January 15th - Applied Social and Health Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, and Cognitive Neuroscience

April 1st - Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MAIOP), and Masters in Addiction Counseling

2018 Applicants (All programs):

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 term.

The application for all psychology programs can be completed here.

 

Supporting Documentation

Institutions Attended and Transcripts: One official transcript is required from all colleges or universities attended except Colorado State University. Where possible, have the institutions furnish official transcripts in sealed envelopes. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the last name on the transcript is different than the current last name, e.g., due to marriage, please notify the department so the records can be matched to the file.  If you attended Colorado State University, please be sure to inform us and we will pull the transcript for you.

ALL transcripts are to be mailed to:

Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO  80523-1062
Domestic Students: Electronic transcripts may be sent on your behalf to gradadmissions@colostate.edu directly from your prior institution to CSU.

References: Ask the three persons to write letters of recommendation concerning your abilities and potential for graduate study. You will need to know the current email addresses of the people you are asking to write letters of recommendation to process them electronically. All applicants should have letters written on letterhead by professors or other professionals with whom you have worked recently or who know you well. All letters should clearly refer to BOTH your FIRST and LAST names. We do not have a form for reference letters.

GRE: Send official electronic test scores using code 4075.

Psychology Subject Test: Psychology subject test scores are not required for all programs. The subject test score is required by the Industrial/Organizational Psychology program and the MAIOP program only for applicants who did not major in psychology as an undergraduate or in graduate school.

Financial Assistance: If you wish to be considered for a fellowship, traineeship, research assistantship, or teaching assistantship, please complete the GS Form 4B and return it to the Psychology Department. If you wish to be considered for a residence hall assistantship, a separate application is necessary. You will be able to complete the GS Form 4B online through the application process.

Specific Material for each Program is as follows:

Applied Social and Health Applicants: Submit: (1) A resume or vita indicating your education, training and work experience; (2) a statement of your research interests which highlight areas of research that you would like to pursue during your graduate training, specific faculty members with whom you would like to work, and your previous or current research experience. (3) A sample of your scientific writing ability such as a senior honors thesis, term paper from a psychology course, laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material.

Cognitive Applicants: Submit: (1) A vita or resume which lists your educational background, relevant work experience and training, research experience, and any publications or presentations for which you appear as an author; (2) A statement of interest that describes how you became interested in Cognitive psychology, your training goals in our program, and why you are pursuing a career in Cognitive psychology. Because we follow a mentorship model, you are encouraged to be as explicit as possible in indicating your research interests and the faculty members or members with whom you wish to be affiliated; (3) Optionally, a sample of your scientific writing, such as a senior honorís thesis, a term paper from a psychology course, a laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material.

Cognitive Neuroscience Applicants: Submit: (1) a vita or resume which lists your educational background, relevant work experience of training, research experience, and any publications or presentations for which you appear as an author and (2) a statement of interest which describes how you became interested in Cognitive Neuroscience. You are also encouraged to be as specific as possible in describing your research interest and to indicate the faculty member or members with whom you wish to affiliate. ; (3) OPTIONAL - a sample of your scientific writing ability such as a senior honor’s thesis, term paper from a psychology course, laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material.

Counseling Applicants: Submit: (1) a resume or vita indicating your education, training, and work experience; (2) a personal statement, not longer than two or three typewritten pages. Write a biographical sketch highlighting your interest in psychology and your previous or current involvement in research, or applied psychology work. The Selection Committee is concerned with how your interest in Counseling psychology developed, what you want from a graduate program, and an assessment of your personal strengths and weaknesses; and (3) the Counseling Academic Information Form. For your ease of use, this form is available on our web site in Word format so that you may save the file to your computer to review, and complete so that you can copy and paste into the electronic form.

The Academic Information Form - In Microsoft Word

Industrial/Organizational Applicants: Submit: (1) a resume or vita indicating your education, training, and work experience; (2) a sample of your scientific writing ability such as a senior honor’s thesis, term paper from a psychology course, laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material; and (3) answers to the questions on the personal statement form. For your ease of use, this form is available on our web site in Word format so that you may save the file to your computer to review and complete so that you can copy and paste into the electronic form. This form is in place of the traditional personal statement; you will not need to upload a separate statement.

The I/O Personal Statement Form - In Microsoft Word

Master of Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology (MAIOP) - Submit: (1) a resume or vita indicating your education, training, and work experience; (2) a statement of purpose - The statement of purpose should describe: How you became interested in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, What you want to gain from our graduate program, Why you are interested in pursuing a career in Industrial/Organizational Psychology; (3) a sample of your scientific writing ability such as a senior honor’s thesis, term paper from a psychology course, laboratory report from an experimental course, or some similar material.

Our graduate application coordinators will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Linda Thornton can be contacted at: 970.491.5212 or Linda.Thornton@ColoState.EDU.

 

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