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Admission Requirements

Admission to our program is open to students with bachelor’s degrees in a variety of fields, including, but not limited to, psychology, special education, and social work. Admission decisions are based on a review of the applicant’s full application. Students with grade point averages of at least 3.0 and GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile will be given priority. In addition, applicants with previous coursework or field experience associated with Applied Behavior Analysis will be particularly competitive for admission. The following materials are required for application and are considered in admission decisions:

• A baccalaureate degree in any field
• Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions
• Official scores for the General Aptitude Test for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
• Three letters of reference
• A personal statement identifying the applicant’s interest in pursing a degree in ABA

To apply for admission to the Applied Behavior Analysis MS Program, complete the following 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 School of Graduate Studies and Research at the address given in step number 2 below and NOT to the Psychology department.

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

School 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 School of Graduate Studies and Research. The university supplies a standard form for recommendations. It is wise to have at least one (preferably at least two) letters from academic references.

Procedure: Review of applications will begin in February and will continue until the available openings for the next class are filled. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by the February deadlines (usually February 1), although applications received after this date will be actively considered until all openings are filled.

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

Graduate Assistantships: Currently, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified students. These assistantships offer a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. Those interested in assistantships may download the application.

Catalog: The Central Washington University Catalog is available electronically.  The Graduate Catalog is posted separately from the Undergraduate Catalog.

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