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Application & Admission

The candidate 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". Outstanding candidates meeting the majority of these requirements 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.

The application and all supporting materials should be received by the Psychology Department no later than March 15 to insure full consideration for Fall admission.

Students not currently meeting criteria for full admission are encouraged to seek special student status. The department accepts students as part-time, non-degree candidates, or students presently enrolled in other graduate programs who need graduate courses in Psychology. Several graduate courses are available to social workers, nurses, teachers and members of other professional groups eligible for continuing education credit. Students may enroll for a total of only six credit hours as special students.

Students who wish to enroll with special student status need to complete the Special Student Application Form and send it to Theresa Young-

BA to MA Admission Criteria*

Students who have

a.  Attained the “Standards of Achievement” described below, and 

b.  Completed their Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Washburn University

will be granted

c.  Admission into Washburn’s Psychology Masters Program, and

d.  Exclusion from the competitive admissions process

Students who do not fulfill the Standards of Achievement are strongly encouraged to apply via the processed outlined in the subsequent section ("Application Process").

BA-MA graduate school admission application

Please notify the department upon completion of the application at You may enter zeroes for the GRE scores on the application because GRE scores are not required for this application.

The Standards of Achievement are:

1.  Prerequisite course grade requirements

    No more than one C can be earned in any of the following courses

     (At least two of these courses must be completed at Washburn)

   PY 151 Psychological Statistics

   PY 251 Research Methods, and

   PY231 Abnormal Psychology. 

2.  GPA requirements

    Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher. and

    GPA in last 60 hours of 3.5 or higher, and

    GPA across all Psychology courses of 3.5 or higher.

3.  Research requirements

   Completion and presentation of a research project as part of the PY Major Capstone

   as demonstrated through the completion of  PY390 Directed Research.  

4.  Faculty Recommendation requirements

   Unambiguous approval of at least three full-time Washburn Psychology faculty

   Members evidenced by a rating on item #9 of the Masters of Arts in Psychology “Recommendation Form”  of  “recommended” or “highly recommended”.

5.  GRE

             GRE scores are not required of “in house” applicants.

Timelines for consideration for admission:

  1. Paperwork will be due from the student on January 15.
  2. The department will inform students of their acceptance by February 1.
  3. Students will be required to accept or decline the offer by March 15.

* Student are eligible to take advantage of this program for 5 years from the date of graduation


To apply to the Master of Arts program in Psychology, complete our online application

Deadline for all application materials: March 15.

You may start the application, save your work, and return to complete the application later.  The $40 application fee is paid at the time of submission of the completed application.

As you fill out the application, you will be asked to provide the email address for three people who will be providing letters of recommendation for you.  After you have submitted your completed application, the system will generate an email to each of your letter writers.  That email will direct them to a link where they will upload their letters.  These letters need to be uploaded by March 15; therefore, we recommend submitting your completed application at least 2-3 weeks prior to this deadline.

The application will give you the opportunity to upload unofficial transcripts, which is recommended but not required.  Official transcripts should be sent by your university to or mailed to the Washburn University Registrar.

The application will also ask you to type in your GRE scores.  Official GRE scores must be sent directly to the Psychology Department.

International students who will be attending Washburn on an F-1 or J-1 visa must first apply for university admission through the Office of International Programs.  Please click here for more information.

Minimum iBT TOEFL scores required for admission to the MA in Psychology program are as follows:  

Overall score of at least 100, with a Speaking score of at least 26, and at least 22 in each of the three other subtests.

Minimum IELTS scores required for admission to the MA in Psychology program are as follows:

Overall score of at least 7, with a Speaking score of at least 8 and at least 6.5 in each of the other three subtests.

With a Bachelor's degree from a U.S. university, international students do not need to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. International students must also complete the full MA in Psychology application process (see “Application Process” above).

Please contact the Office of International Programs with any questions about the university application process by sending an e-mail to

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