M.S. Admissions & Program

Admissions Requirements and Program of Study for
the Master of Science in Psychology
Georgia Southern University
Admissions Requirements

New students are admitted to the program in fall semester only. The program admits approximately 12 new students per year.

Regular Admission

Applicants must have:

  1. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in a college accredited by the proper regional accrediting associations.
  2. Taken Introduction to Psychology, an introductory statistics course, and at least two additional courses in psychology. It is preferred that the applicant have taken a course on Research Methods or Experimental Psychology.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on undergraduate work.
  4. A score of no less than 146 on the Verbal section and 145 on the Quantitative section of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).
  5. Submitted a statement of purpose that includes the following:
    • The student’s career goals.
    • A description of the student’s research experience and any relevant work experience.
    • The student’s reasons for applying for graduate study at Georgia Southern University.
    • The names of at least two faculty members with whom the student would like to gain research experience. To complete this request, students are invited to read the research interests of our faculty members on the Psychology Department’s Faculty and Staff web page.
  6. Submitted letters of recommendation from three individuals who can speak of the applicant’s undergraduate academic performance, and potential for graduate study.
Provisional Admission

For applicants who meet two out of three requirements (GPA, GRE-Verbal, GRE-Quantitative), provisional admission may be granted by the departmental graduate faculty based on their consideration of the materials submitted by the applicant and an interview, if done.

Deadlines for Applications

Please email Dr. Wilson ( when you apply so that we may track your application.

  • February 15 (Priority for graduate assistantships)
  • July 1 (Final application deadline)
Program of Study
  • Statistics and Research Design courses: 6 hours
  • Core Content courses: 12 hours (i.e., Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Social Psychology, Learning)
  • Applied Research courses: 6 hours (e.g., Adv. Directed Study)
  • Elective courses: 6 hours
  • Thesis: 6 hours
  • Total: 36 hours
Other Program Requirements
  • All students in the MS program must pass a written comprehensive exam given during the spring semester of their second year.
  • All students in the MS program must complete, write and orally defend a thesis.
  • The program offers an optional Teaching Emphasis, which prepares students for a career which involves teaching. In choosing this option, students will substitute PSYC 7621 – Seminar in Teaching Psychology for PSYC 7490 – Advanced Directed Study as well as meet other criteria.
  • Review the MS Student Handbook for more information on these requirements.
Program Contact

Dr. Janie H. Wilson
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912)478-5580
Fax: (912)478-0751

Last updated: 5/2/2017

Department of Psychology • PO Box 8041• Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-5539