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Admission Requirements

Our admission decisions are based on a composite of criteria.  We do not use absolute minimum scores ("cutoffs") to make admissions decisions.  However, students with GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile and a GPA of at least 3.0 in the bachelor's degree are especially encouraged to apply.

  • Students must have a baccalaureate degree (in any field).  Depending on the specific background of the individual and his/her career goals, additional undergraduate level work may be required (e.g., Research Methods, Introduction to Statistics, and Intermediate Statistics and Research Methods).
  • All applicants must submit official transcripts from their undergraduate institution(s).  
  • All applicants must submit official scores for the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • All applicants must arrange for three letters of reference.
  • All applicants must submit a personal statement that identifies the student's interest in an area related to Experimental Psychology.  Students should also indicate those program faculty who they would like to have as a mentor.

Applicants who are interested in applying for an assistantship are encouraged to complete and submit their application materials to the Graduate School prior to the February deadline.  Applications submitted after this date will be actively considered if space in the program is still available.

The department accepts applicants year round.


To apply for admission to the Master's Program in Experimental Psychology, complete the following three steps at the School of Graduate Studies and Research webpage at http://www.cwu.edu/masters/future-cwu-graduate-students

  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 below.  Do NOT send your application to the Psychology Department.
  2. Three letters of recommendation must be included in your application to the Graduate School. The university supplies a standard form for recommendations.  Go to the Graduate Studies website to download the form.
  3. 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.

Send your application form, application fee, three letters of recommendation, and transcripts to:

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


Procedure: Review of applications begins in February and continues until the available openings for the next class are filled. Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications by the February deadlines (typically February 15th), 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 assistantships: Currently, a limited number of graduate assistantships are available for qualified students. These assistantships offer a monthly stipend and a tuition waiver. Assistantships are awarded to students who are beginning in the fall quarter only. 

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.