Application Information

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.

Requirements

Terminal masters applicants degree requirements. Admission is open to both the fall and spring semester. Completed applications for the Spring '17 semester must be on file by November 15th, and applications for the Fall '17 semester must be on file by January 7th for initial acceptance. Applications received after these dates will still be considered, pending availability.

Doctoral applicants are required to have a minimum of 21 credit hours of psychology (7 undergraduate classes) to be considered for admission. Among those hours must be introductory psychology, statistics, and experimental design and methods. The remaining 12 hours may be psychology electives and should include some senior level courses.

Doctoral candidate admission is restricted to the fall semester only, and no provisional admissions are made. Completed applications must be on file by January 7th for initial acceptance and funding decisions. Applications received after that date will still be considered, pending availability.

Graduate School Admission Requirements

Application Review

Although all applications are reviewed, applications that exceed a GPA of 3.2 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.

Financial Aid

The Department of Psychology is committed to funding all 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.

Housing

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.