Applied Psychology Graduate Program
Note: When applying, students must select the program that will be their major course of study. The department offers a terminal M.S. in Applied Psychology with specialization in the mental health profession or a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology with specialization in one of two areas: Applied Biopsychology and Applied Developmental Psychology.
MS in Applied Psychology
Candidates may apply for the fall or spring semester. Applications received by May 1 will be considered for a fall semester admission; however, applications received by March 1 will be considered for scholarships. Applications received by October 15 will be considered for a spring semester admission. Applications received after these dates may still be considered, pending availability.
Master degree applicants are required to have a minimum of 18 credit hours in psychology or related field (6 undergraduate classes) to be considered for admission. Among these hours must be introductory psychology, statistics, and experimental design and methods. Courses from a closely related program will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The remaining 9 hours may be psychology electives and should include some upper-level courses.
PhD in Applied Psychology
Doctoral candidate admission is restricted to the fall semester only and no provisional admissions are made. Completed applications must be on file by March 1st for initial acceptance and funding decisions. Applications received after that date will still be considered, pending availability.
Although all applications are reviewed, applications that exceed a GPA of 3.0 and a GRE total score above the 50th percentile are substantially more likely to be accepted. Students with lower scores will be considered only when their record, experience, and recommendations indicate a high likelihood of success. The department admits between 5 and 10 new students each Fall.
Select a Specialization
When applying, students must select the program that will be their major course of study. The department offers a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology with specialization in one of two areas: Applied Biopsychology and Applied Developmental Psychology. Next, the student must select 4 potential choices for a major advisor. After the initial review, at least one faculty member must be willing to accept the applicant into their laboratory and serve as the student’s major professor. Applicants are encouraged to directly contact the faculty members with whom they may wish to work.
The Department of Psychology is committed to funding all PhD students admitted to the program. The number of students admitted each year is partially dependent on the available funding. The most common source of funding is through teaching assistantships through the department or research assistantships through faculty grants. Twenty hours of work each week are typically required with both kinds of assistantships. Assistantships include a stipend and tuition waiver. Other common sources of student funding include fellowships and scholarships awarded by the Graduate School or external assistantships funded by outside agencies. All applicants are considered for financial assistance.
Rental prices in the New Orleans area are quite reasonable. Most graduate students choose to live off campus. There are, however, dormitories and on-campus apartments.