- Statement of purpose
- Resume/curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
- The GRE is not required and GRE scores will not be reviewed
- Writing sample
The statement of purpose should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss how your experiences might have shaped the research questions you are interested in exploring. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State (including the fit with the faculty member(s) with whom you would most like to work). We are particularly interested in specific examples that illustrate your quantitative abilities, problem-solving skills, initiative, leadership, perseverance and maturity. We are also interested in how your educational, professional, clinical (if applicable), or personal (e.g., cultural, economic or social) experiences prepare you to contribute to our department’s emphasis on diversity and inclusion during your graduate career. It should be approximately 1000-1500 words.
Please submit a writing sample from your past work, preferably on a topic relevant to psychological science. There are no specific parameters or required length for the writing sample. You might submit a class paper, honors thesis, conference submission, journal article for which you are the primary author or another writing sample that demonstrates your writing, critical thinking, and research skills.
The resume or CV should summarize your academic, research, clinical and other relevant experiences.
Previous research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.
Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods.
* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting TOEFL scores.
Please review the following resources before starting your application:
- Welcome from the Directors of Graduate Studies
- FAQs for Graduate Program Applicants
- Faculty Accepting Students
Applicants for the Community-Public Health Dual Degree are not required to submit separate applications through this process and the School of Public Health’s process using the SOPHAS system. However, applicants may choose to submit a SOPHAS application if they wish to be considered separately for the MPH or the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health.