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M.S. General Admissions Information

There are two parts to the application process: the application materials and the personal interviews. Interviews are required for the Clinical Program; they may be requested for the General Program.

Once each application is complete and approved, applicants are invited to interview. Please note these important deadlines for the following fall semester (applications are not accepted for January admission):

  • Early decision deadline: Applications completed by December 20, interview completed by January 31, decisions received by February 15. The application fee is waived for early applicants.
  • Deadline to apply to be considered for financial aid: Applications completed by February 1, interviews completed by March 15, decisions received by March 25. (The deadline to apply for financial aid is March 1).
  • If there is still space available in the class, applications will be accepted until May 30th.

Students wishing to take only a single course-for-credit and students desiring to audit may apply and register as space allows. (See the section on Course-for-Credit and Audit for instructions).

Admission Process – Master’s Programs:

The Admission Committee reviews completed applications only, for each applicant seeking admission. For an application to be considered complete, each applicant must submit the following to the Office of Admissions:

• a completed application form with personal statements as instructed on the form (form can be downloaded from the website, or is available from the Office of Admissions);
• letters of recommendation from three individuals capable of evaluating the applicant’s academic preparedness for graduate work in psychology, philosophy, and theology;
• official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate studies
• GRE scores – General Test Score – taken within the last five years, submitted directly to the Institute from the
Educational Testing Service (IPS school code 5639);
• the required application fee ($55); and,
• test scores of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Test System (IELTS), if applicable, submitted directly to IPS by the testing agency (IPS school code 5639).

Applicants holding degrees from outside the United States must arrange to have any international transcript(s) translated and a “Course-by-Course” evaluation completed and sent directly to IPS from an approved evaluation service (i.e., or Official transcripts must also be sent directly to IPS from the institution(s).

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange for the forwarding of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended, and to ensure that all required application materials reach the Office of Admissions before the intended deadline(s).

Once all required forms, fees, and documents are received, the Admission Committee will contact all qualified applicants to the M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology to schedule onsite personal interviews. Interviews may also be requested for applicants to the M.S. Program in General Psychology. The applicant is responsible for all personal transportation costs associated with these interviews. Scheduling of interviews is done through the Office of Admissions and must take place by the indicated deadline(s).

Admission Requirements – Master’s Programs

Admission to the Master’s Program in General Psychology, as well as the Master’s Program in Clinical Psychology, requires that a student submit a completed application and have completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

In considering applicants to the M.S. Programs, the faculty Admission Committee considers the following factors: cumulative undergraduate GPA (and graduate GPA if applicable); GRE scores; letters of recommendation; essay answers on the application; interview responses (for the clinical program, and general program if required), clinical suitability (for the clinical program), and TOEFL or IELTS scores (where applicable).

Applicants whose native language is not English must have taken the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the past two years. TOEFL scores must be at least 100 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT), 250 on the computer-based (CBT), and 600 on the paperbased (PBT) version. Academic IELTS scores must fall into the overall band of at least 7.0, with no individual band scores below 6.0. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency, which only make them available for up to two years from the test date.

IPS recommends, but does not require, that applicants complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework in basic psychology content areas (e.g., abnormal, developmental, experimental, physiological, and social psychology, statistics, tests and measures, learning and motivation, or personality theory) prior to entering the program. However, applicants with little or no previous coursework in psychology will be considered for admission. If admitted, such applicants will be required to take additional coursework offered by the Institute during the first year of their program to make up for these deficiencies.