No. There are certain courses that are required for students to be admitted into the graduate
program. Specifically, applicants should have completed the following courses in psychology with
a grade of C or better: introductory psychology, statistics, experimental psychology, and
two or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical, abnormal, personality, developmental).
(Note: It may be possible for some of these courses to be completed as leveling work at Midwestern, and
in some cases, while the student is enrolled in graduate psychology courses.) Students who have not majored in psychology have generally been as successful as other students in the program.
Admission standards are somewhat flexible, but the following guidelines are used by members of the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee in making admission decisions:
Undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
This degree need not be in psychology, but non-majors can anticipate a substantial amount
of leveling work. Applicants should have completed the following courses in psychology
with a grade of C or better: introductory psychology, statistics, experimental
psychology, and two or more courses in the clinical area of psychology (e.g., clinical,
abnormal, personality, developmental).
(Note: It may be possible for some of these courses to be completed as leveling work at Midwestern, and in some cases, while the student is enrolled in
graduate psychology courses.)
In order to be admitted unconditionally to the graduate program in psychology, the
applicant should present an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher, competitive
scores on the Graduate Record Examination, and should provide three satisfactory letters of
recommendation from individuals in a position to judge the applicant's potential for success
in graduate study. In addition, the applicant must have completed all undergraduate
courses listed above. GRE scores which are more than ten years old will not be accepted.
Students who are not eligible for unconditional admission may be admitted on a conditional
basis at the discretion of the Psychology Graduate Admissions Committee. Removal from conditional admission status depends upon completion of all assigned undergraduate leveling course work and successful completion of the General Performance Appraisal (see below).
We have funding for 18 students in the program. We typically run between 14 and 18 students.
This is somewhat variable as well. On the average we have between 5 and 10 applications for spring admissions and between 8 and 15 for fall admissions.
Because we do not accept students that we cannot fund, the number of new students varies from
semester to semester depending on the size of the graduating class. Generally we have the ability
to accept 5-7 students in the fall semester and 2-3 students in the spring semester. We can fund 18 positions.
Over the past seven academic years, the average GRE scores are as follows:
Approximately a quarter to a third of our students pursue doctoral education. In fact, our graduates
have an excellent record of acceptance into doctoral programs (e.g., Bowling Green State University, University of North Texas, University of Oklahoma).
Applications for fall admission must be received by May 1st. Should positions remain open after the May 1st evaluation, a second group of applications will be evaluated July 1st.
Applications for spring admission must be received by November 1st.
If any part or parts of your application are likely to arrive after the deadline, please contact
Dr. Carlston, the Graduate Program Coordinator, to determine any impact that the delay may have
on your application review.
Click the link below to view and print an application checklist.
The following link will take you to pdf file of the application which you can complete online, print,
and mail to the Graduate Program Coordinator.
There is a fee associated with the application to the MSU Application for Graduate Admission. The fee
will be assessed when you complete the application on line. The fee information can be found on the Graduate Studies website.
Please send your Psychology program application to:
Graduate Coordinator Psychology Department
c/o Graduate Recruiter
Midwestern State University Graduate School
3410 Taft Blvd.
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
Although there are many formats for writing personal statements, we are primarily looking for three
pieces of information: your professional goals, your background/preparation for graduate studies, and
why you are interested in the MA in Clinical and Counseling Psychology at MSU.
We request three letters of recommendation. Although you may request letters from numerous people attesting to a variety of strong characteristics, we are most interested in letters from faculty who can
attest to your academic ability and who can speculate on your academic potential.
We do ask letter writers to complete a short form to accompany their letters of recommendation. The
form can be downloaded from the following link:
Be sure to complete the top portion of the form prior to delivering the form to your letter writer. Also,
it is a good idea to provide your letter writers with a copy of your vita, personal statement, and
information about our program so that they can write a more detailed and supportive letter.
We do not conduct interviews. However, we have had several students come to MSU for a site visit
during which they have introduced themselves to faculty. Additionally, a site visit allows applicants a chance to ask specific questions and get a feel for the program.
There are a couple of ways to do this. First, you can schedule an official campus tour through MSU Admissions. This is a good way to get a general feel for the campus. Second, you can contact, Dara Ashlock, the Graduate Recruiter. The campus tour through the admissions office is generally geared towards undergraduate students. Dara will likely be able to arrange a tour that will provide you more information about graduate studies at Midwestern. Third, you can always come to campus for an informal, self-guided look around. However you decide to visit, be sure to contact Dr. Carlston, the Psychology Graduate coordinator, ahead of time informing him of your visit so that he can be sure to meet with you and arrange for you to meet briefly with faculty and current graduate students.