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Applicant's bachelor's degree may be in any field. Students with grade point averages of at least 3.0 and Graduate Record Examination scores (verbal + quantitative) of at least 900 will be given priority. In addition, applicants should be able to identify course work or field experience associated with Applied Behavior Analysis.

Experimental Psychology Students. 
Admission to our program is selective and is based on the applicant’s prior scholastic record, GRE scores, recommendations by instructors and/or employers, and a statement of professional objectives. Applicants who are interested in applying for an assistantship are encouraged to complete and submit the application materials before February 15, 2010. Applications submitted after this date will be actively considered until the start of the new academic year if space in the program is still available. New students are admitted for fall quarter only.

To apply for admission to the Master's Program in Experimental Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis, you must complete the following three steps.

Step 1) Complete the Graduate School's application form and pay the application fee. The application fee is $50. Checks should be sent to the graduate school at the address given in step number 2 below, NOT to the Psychology or Education departments.

Step 2) Have your official GRE score report and two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credits from each school previously attended sent directly to the Graduate School from the issuing institutions. The ETS Institution Code number to use to have your GRE scores reported to Central Washington University's Graduate School is 4044; the address to which transcripts should be sent is:

  • Office of Graduate Studies and Research
  • Central Washington University
  • 400 East University Way
  • Ellensburg, WA 98926-7510

Step 3) Three letters of recommendation must be included in your application to the Graduate School. The university supplies a standard form for recommendations.

Procedure: Review of applications will begin on February 16 and will continue until the available openings for the next class are filled. Applicants are therefore encouraged to complete their applications by February 15, although applications received after this date will be actively considered.

Financial Aid: For Federal Financial Aid information (e.g., student loans), contact Central Washington University's Financial Aid office at 509-963-1611.

Graduate Research and Teaching Assistantships: Currently, a limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available for qualified students. These assistantships offer a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver.

Catalog: The Central Washington University Catalog may be obtained from the Admissions Office (509-963-2194) or you may access the Catalog and other Graduate School documents via their web page.

Previous Graduate Work: Students seeking exemption from a departmental requirement based on completion of similar graduate work elsewhere discuss this with departmental faculty after enrolling. Where appropriate, the faculty will determine whether earlier graduate work may be substituted for Central Washington University departmental requirements.