Graduate Degree

Frequently Asked Questions


Q 1. When is your application deadline?
A 1. March 15 for the fall semester; December 1 for the spring semester.

Q 2. I graduate in December. Can I start the program in January?
A 2. Yes. Although you won't be able to complete the program in two years (it would be a minimum of 2 ½ years), there are several courses that you could take that would get you well on your way towards your M.A.

Q 3. Do I need the GRE? How do I get signed up to take it?
A 3. We require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical scores). We do not require the Subject test in Psychology but if you take it, you are welcome to submit your scores. The GRE General Exam is administered by computer and is scheduled individually. Information about the test and how to register is available at You should have your scores sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to us.

Q 4. Do you have an application fee?
A 4. Yes. We have a non-refundable $40 application fee.

Q 5. I didn't do very well on the GRE. Does your program have cut-offs?
A 5. No. We consider all aspects of the application in making our admissions decisions. Undergraduate grades, letters of recommendation from faculty, research and volunteer/work experience as well as GRE scores all enter into our decision.

Q 6. What do you require for the application?
A 6. Please see our Applications and Admissions page

Q 7. How do I get an application form?
A 7. Please see our Applications and Admissions page

Q 8. I wasn't a psych major in college; can I still be considered for the program?
A 8. Yes. You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, and a minimum of 15 hours of undergraduate psychology including a statistics course, an experimental laboratory course, and a course in abnormal psychology, each with a minimum grade of "C".

Q 9. I haven't had one of the psychology courses you require. Can I still be admitted?
A 9. Outstanding candidates who are missing a requirement are sometimes granted provisional admission to the program. Full admission is then contingent upon fulfilling remaining requirements during the first semester of study at Washburn.

Q 10. Do you require a campus interview?
A 10. Although we are delighted to meet with you should you want to visit our campus and meet with faculty members or students, a campus interview is not required. Please feel free to contact us if you would like to arrange a campus visit.


Q 1. Is your program accredited by the American Psychological Association?
A 1. The American Psychological Association does not accredit masters level programs, only Ph.D. programs.

Q 2. Does your program meet state licensing requirements?
A 2. Graduates of our masters program are eligible for licensure in the state of Kansas as Licensed Masters Level Psychologists. More detailed information is available at the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board web site,

Q 3. What about licensing requirements in other states?
A 3. States vary in the requirements for licensure, particularly at the master’s level. It is very important that you research the requirements for licensure within the state that you want to practice in to determine whether your program of study fits those requirements.  Graduates of our master’s program have gone on to practice in states all over the country; however, they have often had to take several additional classes or do additional supervised clinical work to practice in a state other than Kansas.

Q 4. What's the theoretical orientation of your faculty?
A 4. We feel that students benefit from being exposed to a variety of approaches to maximize their effectiveness with different client populations. Our psychotherapy techniques courses focus on the development of cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, brief, and client-centered psychotherapy skills. Students are exposed to a variety of other approaches (e.g., family systems, group) through other coursework and internship.

Masters Level Psychologists

Q 1. I've heard that you can't do psychotherapy unless you have a Ph.D.
A 1. Not true. Masters Level Psychologists provide much of the psychological services in the United States. Although regulations may vary from state to state, most states recognize the professional contributions of masters level psychologists.

Q 2. Can I do private practice with just a masters degree?
A 2. Again the regulations for licensure vary from state to state. In Kansas, individuals with a masters degree in psychology, like the one offered by Washburn, after passing an exam and obtaining additional supervised experience, are eligible to become Licensed Clinical Psychotherapists (LCP's). LCP's in Kansas can do private practice. For more detailed information, see the web site of the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board, the state agency that licenses psychologists at

Q 3. I still really want to get my Ph.D. Will it hurt my chances of getting into a Ph.D. program if I do a masters program first?
A 3. Although this varies from Ph.D program to Ph.D. program, our experience has been that students who complete our program are better prepared and more competitive for Ph.D. programs after completing our program. Students develop not only solid clinical skills but also the research skills that are necessary for completion of a Ph.D. degree.