Admissions Requirements

Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree in psychology, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to those who have already proven themselves at the graduate level (i.e., holders of MA or MS degrees).

This program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, but a GPA of 3.25 is recommended. In the event an individual wishes to apply to the program but does not have a 3.0 GPA, the individual will be required to be interviewed by the program director, after which depending on the outcome of the interview and review of all other application materials, the individual may be granted a full or conditional acceptance into the program.

Students admitted with a bachelor's degree will be awarded an MA in Educational Psychology upon completion of 30 specific graduate credits. These are designated with # in the Curriculum Components section.

Candidates will be reviewed for admission based on the strength of their ability for graduate study and the receipt of the following documentation:

  • Completed and signed application
  • Official sealed transcript(s) of all previous academic work, undergraduate and graduate.
  • Three letters of recommendation (one must be academic)
  • Personal goal statement
  • U.S. $50 non-refundable application fee

*No more than 33 hours of transfer credit will be accepted from another institution provided that these are graduate level hours and relevant to specific courses in the doctoral program. The student, however, is entirely responsible for the content of the transferred course(s) in terms of meeting the requirements of the Doctoral Program in Educational Psychology. Accordingly, the student is held solely responsible for the competencies covered by the course(s) whether such competencies are addressed in other courses, practica, exams or other academic endeavors.

International applicants and non-native English speakers must contact admissions for additional application requirements at 413.205.3700


The Doctoral Admissions Committee is composed of the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology, the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Director of Graduate Admissions, and doctoral faculty.

The Committee meets three times per year. The Committee will review all applications and make decisions based on the applicants overall level of academic performance and other submitted materials. The Committee will also closely review each applicant's background in psychology and education. An interview with the applicant may be recommended. The Committee will select no more than 15 applicants each year for admission. There may be years when a waiting list may be necessary.

Applicants are notified of their status and each selected student must submit a deposit of $500.00, applicable to the first semester's tuition within 30 days of acceptance.

All academic advising and interviewing of new and prospective students will be conducted by the Chair of Graduate Studies in Psychology or his designee.

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