The successful applicant must hold a BA or BS degree from an accredited institution. A major in psychology is desirable, but not essential. However, all entering students must have completed a course in statistics, as well as abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and research design or experimental psychology by the time they matriculate in the fall.
Evaluation of an applicant's ability to do graduate work will be based on past academic performance and recent high scores (within the past five years) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
Personal character and attributes of emotional maturity and stability, as well as a capacity for relating to and working with other people, are also major factors in reviewing the credentials of applicants. Evidence for these attributes is sought from records of past performance, letters of recommendation , and work history.
Applications, including all supporting credentials, must be received by December 7.
The top candidates are invited to participate in one of four interview days, which include both an individual interview and informational sessions.
The interview days for 2015 are below. If Widener is closed due to inclement weather, a make up day will be observed. Applicants invited in for an interview day should be prepared to attend the coordinating make up day, should the original interview day need to be canceled for any reason.
- Wednesday, January 21, 2015. (Make up day: January 28, 2015)
- Wednesday, February 4, 2015. (Make up day: February 11, 2015)
- Wednesday, February 18, 2015. (Make up day: February 25, 2015)
- Friday, February 27, 2015. (Make up day: March 13, 2015)
Final Acceptance Decisions: April 1
Participation in the invitation only interview day is necessary to gain admission to the program. If an applicant is unable to attend his/her assigned interview day, the applicant has the option to be considered for one of the other available days.
There is no guarantee, however, that an applicant will be selected a second time for an interview. Additionally, applicants are not able to choose their interview day.
All final acceptance decisions are made by April 1. Spring or summer admission is not possible.
Important to Know
- The application deadline is December 7. There is a $50 application fee.
- Please make checks payable to Widener University. The school code for the GRE is 2642.
- ALL applicants are required to take the GRE. Download letter of recommendation form.
Applications and all supporting materials should be sent to:
Office of Graduate Enrollment, Muller Hall
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
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