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Admission Requirements

1. Standard Admission: Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA from a recognized college or university. Undergraduate courses in statistics and research methodology are recommended. Typical admitted students have at least a 3.5 GPA and GRE 1100 verbal + quantitative scores (Old GREs) and 302 total verbal plus quantitative for new GREs.

2. Admission through the B.A./M.A. dual-degree program: Undergraduates at Rutgers-Camden seeking admission to the Master of Arts in psychology program through the dual-degree program must be approved for entry by the graduate program director (and the written sponsorship of a full-time faculty member), whereupon they can take three graduate courses in their senior year as an undergraduate at Rutgers-Camden for a total of 9 credits. Those 9 credits are paid for at the undergraduate tuition rate, and are counted toward both the undergraduate and master’s degree. Any additional masters level credits beyond the 9 taken while an undergraduate will not count toward the M.A. program. Completion of graduate classes while an undergraduate does not guarantee admittance into the program; students must still apply for admission to the M.A. program following the procedure for standard admission, which includes taking the GRE and applying for the M.A. program.

Admission decisions for the spring semester will be made beginning March 1 for the following fall semester, but earlier consideration may be requested by an applicant (e.g., if the applicant has an offer of admission from another program). Applications will continue to be accepted as long as places remain available in our graduate program. Applications should be submitted by February 28 for the fall semester if the applicant wishes to ensure full consideration for available financial aid fellowships. ***Students who wish to be considered for all forms of financial aid should file financial aid forms by March 1 (even if you have not yet applied for admission or have not yet been accepted).***

Application Process Status: OPEN for FALL 2016

To be given full consideration for Spring 2016 admission, applications must be submitted in full by November 1, 2015. But the majority of our students apply in spring 2016 for Fall 2016 admission. Our fall admission process is mainly for our dual degree students. If you are not a Rutgers dual degree student but want to apply, contact the graduate program director, Sean Duffy ( 

Applications may be obtained and submitted online at

Applicants to the program must submit the following:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. 
  • Scores from the Verbal and Quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination. If an applicant has a masters degree from an accredited university, this requirement can be waved but there are no other exemptions to this requirement. 
  • Two (but preferably three) letters of recommendation addressing your potential for graduate study in psychology. Preferably the letters should come from college professors who are familiar with your work, but if you have been out of school for some years, letters from non-academic professionals such as work supervisors may be acceptable.
  • A statement about the applicant’s personal and professional goals (including which psychology department faculty members the applicant might be interested in working with, and in what areas of research, if answers to these questions are known). To see Work-in-Progress and Major Research Interests for Master’s Thesis Supervising Faculty, click here.
  • A writing sample (e.g., a research paper written as part of undergraduate psychology course) is encouraged, but not required.