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Psychology Graduate Study at Colorado State University
New Program: Masters in Addiction Counseling
We will soon be accepting applications for the Masters in Addiction Counseling for Fall of 2017. Applications will be due in mid-June to start in the 2017 Fall semester.
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:
2017 Applicants (All programs):
If you are interested in applying to one of our programs, please complete the departmental pre-application first. We are now accepting applications for the 2017 term. The Pre-Application can be completed here. Please do not apply to the CSU Graduate School at this time. Once you are admitted to the Psychology Department you will complete the Graduate School’s application.
There is no application fee associated with the Department of Psychology Graduate Pre-Application. However, there is a fee associated with the Colorado State University Graduate School application. Please do not pay this CSU Graduate School fee at this time. After you apply directly to the Department of Psychology and are admitted, you will then complete the Colorado State University Graduate School Application and pay the application fee.
The application process will be as follows:
2. - Upload your supporting documentation. See instructions below.
3. - Send us your official transcripts.
4. - If admitted, complete the CSU Graduate School Application (Admissions decisions are usually made by March except MAIOP where admissions decisions are made in April).
2018 Applicants (All programs):
Application will open on August 21st 2017.
The pre-application will no longer be available.
Application instruction will be provided here once we are ready to start accepting application for the 2018 cycle.
The below documentation instructions are also not for 2018 applicants. New instructions will be posted when we are ready to accept 2018 applicants.
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:
Department of Psychology
1876 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1876
The remaining documents can be uploaded in the pre-application.
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: For the purpose of filling in the Pre-Application, a photocopy of your GRE scores or a screen image of your ETS account showing your name and GRE scores will be required. If you are accepted to any of the graduate degree programs at Colorado State University you then must submit official scores from the general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
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.
As soon as you receive your score from the ETS, you are required to upload a PHOTOCOPY or a SCREENSHOT to the Psychology Department. Be sure the document shows your name and address and scores from all previous test dates. The highest possible scores for each test are used, even if taken on different test dates.
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.