How to Apply
The Community Social Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is designed not only for recent college graduates but also for older and non-traditional students with experience in a variety of work and community settings.
Admissions are rolling, though we recommend that students apply by June 30 for Fall admission and December 31 for Spring admission.
Fall matriculation is encouraged because of the timing and sequence of required courses. We require an official undergraduate transcript, GRE or MAT scores, three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be from a faculty member or instructor who is familiar with your academic work and accomplishments, and a statement of purpose outlining your reasons for applying to our programs and your academic and career goals. UMass system graduates with at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA are not required to submit GRE/MAT scores.
In considering and reviewing applications, admission requirements include these six factors:
1. Your college grades - we look for a grade point average of at least 3.0.
2. Your background in psychology. Normally, we like to see at least 18 credits in psychology, including at least one course in statistics or research methods.
3. Your work experience and other activities outside of school.
4. Your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, on both verbal and quantitative sections. Alternatively, you may submit scores from the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE/MAT requirement may be waived for current University of Massachusetts Lowell undergraduates who are enrolled in the BA/MA Program. The GRE/MAT requirement is also waived for applicants who graduated from a UMass system university within the past five years with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
5. At least three letters of recommendation, including at least one, and preferably more than one, from recent or current professors.
6. A personal statement. This detailed statement should describe your background, explain your interests in our program, and tell us how you believe the program will help you meet your own career goals.
These criteria may be applied differently for different students. For students just receiving a Bachelor's degree, greater attention will be paid to recent grades. For students out of school for some time, work background and experience will count relatively more.
Matriculated students in Community Social Psychology are allowed to transfer up to 12 credits of graduate course work completed with a grade of B or better taken in other departments at UMass Lowell or at other accredited universities, provided that such courses are within the content area of community social psychology and do not involve credit for field experience or professional work. Such transfer credit is subject to the approval of the Graduate Coordinator and the Registrar's Office.
Part-Time Study and Non-Degree Status
While the program in Community Social Psychology provides for full-time study, part-time students are encouraged to apply. All courses are offered at late afternoon and evening hours to accommodate students who are employed. Students not pursuing an advanced degree or who wish to begin their graduate study without first applying for matriculated status are invited to register as non-degree students for specific graduate courses on a space-available basis. Such students need meet only the first two of the admissions requirements listed above.
If a non-degree student later applies for acceptance into the Master’s program, his/her application will be treated equally with those of other new applicants, though performance in graduate courses taken on campus may be used as an additional admissions criterion. Non-degree students accepted as matriculated students may apply to transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credits earned at the University of Massachusetts Lowell with a grade of "B" or better toward the Master’s degree.
Bachelor's-Master's (BA/MA) Program
Undergraduate psychology majors at the University of Massachusetts Lowell who have a GPA of 3.0 or better are invited to apply to the BA/MA Program, allowing students to begin graduate level coursework in our Community Social Psychology (CSP) Master’s Program while still pursuing their bachelor's degree. Up to 6 credits of graduate (500 level or higher) courses completed with a B grade or better may be used by the student to count toward both the Bachelor’s and Master's degrees.