Evening & Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Psychology

Admission Requirements


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  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology from a regionally accredited college consisting of college courses in: general or introductory psychology, developmental psychology, psychological disorders, one course in social psychology or personality psychology, and an introductory statistics course. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than psychology must meet the same course requirements with a minimum of a B average in the required undergraduate psychology courses.

  • Completed application and $25 application fee.

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate work.

  • Minimum grade point average of 2.75 (on a scale of 4.0).

  • Three professional recommendations — please use this recommendation form and waiver.

  • A written essay between 300 and 600 words typed in Microsoft Word explaining why you want to be admitted to the graduate psychology program and what qualities (e.g. personality traits, skills, and talents) you possess that lead you to believe you will be successful in the program.

Students are admitted to the graduate psychology program twice a year, at the start of the fall term and the beginning of the spring term. Admission to the Master of Arts in Psychology program is competitive and openings are limited. Admission is based on credentials and availability of openings in the programs. A student not selected for admission may update his or her application materials and re-apply during a future admission period.

Continuous Enrollment

Students admitted to the graduate psychology program must be continuously enrolled during the fall and spring semesters until they graduate. Students who fail to enroll for either the fall or the spring semester will be dismissed from the program unless they receive a leave of absence. Students desiring a leave of absence from the program will need to submit a request to the director of the graduate psychology program stating the reasons for their request. The leave of absence request will need to be approved by the psychology department.

Transferring Credits

You can request to transfer up to six credit hours of applicable coursework from another graduate program toward the USM Master of Arts in Psychology degree.

Mail all application materials to:

Graduate Admissions
University of Saint Mary Overland Park Campus
4500 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211