Graduate Application Procedures
Information about fees and course offerings can be located in the KSU Graduate Catalog. For additional graduate school policies, please see the Graduate Handbook. Please visit the KSU Graduate School website for further information.
Application materials must be submitted by December 20. Submitting your application automatically considers you for financial support.
Admission for the Spring semester is considered only under extenuating circumstances, and spring admitted students seldom receive financial support initially. Please contact the department for more information on this.
- GPA: 3.0 minimum in the junior and senior years is required by the university. Successful applicants typically have over 3.5 GPAs.
- GRE (General Test only): minimum of 10th percentile in all three areas, but successful applicants typically have scores over the 50th percentile in the Verbal and 40th percentile in the Quantitative Reasoning sections. A weaker section score can be offset by strong performance in related classes (e.g., research methods/statistics/math for Quant). Test scores over five years old will not be accepted.
- TOEFL: For students for whom English is not the native language, scores must be considered for the Test of English as a Foreign Language. TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (IBT – internet based) are minimum requirements for consideration. Applicants accepted by the department who have scores of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based), or 100 (IBT – internet based) or above may be considered for regular admission. Applicants accepted by the department who have score between 550/213/79 and 599/249/99 will be admitted provisionally by the graduate school and must at the time of their enrollment demonstrate proficiency in reading and writing English and in understanding spoken American English to the satisfaction of the Graduate School. These students will be required to take the English Proficiency Test (EPT) prior to enrollment.
- Undergraduate major in psychology is not essential. However, it is recommended that applicants have a minimum of 15 hours in psychology (including experimental methods or equivalent), plus 3 hours of statistics.
- The graduate faculty also consider applicants’ actual research experience, personal statement, work experience (if relevant), letters of recommendation, coursework history, and the degree of fit between the applicants’ interests and the research areas of our current faculty.
The Application process for Admission to Graduate School and the application fee can be completed online by clicking on the Application for Admission to Graduate School. Applicants should select either the application for U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents or for International Students, as appropriate.
If you have specific program questions, please feel free to contact the faculty member in charge of your area of interest:
- Behavioral Neuroscience/Animal Learning
Dr. Mary E. Cain (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (785) 532-6884
- Cognitive/Human Factors
Dr. Heather Bailey (email@example.com)
Dr. Patrick Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dr. Mark Barnett (email@example.com) at (785) 532-0603
You are also encouraged to contact the faculty member you are interested in working with. Once again, thank you for your interest in our psychology graduate program and we look forward to hearing from you.