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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 10-12 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, a Psychology Statistics course, and a Psychology Research Methods course, and completed at least two additional courses in psychology.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average or higher on undergraduate work.
  4. NOTE: Due to the current pandemic and difficulties with testing, the GRE will be OPTIONAL for applicants applying for Fall 2021 admission. You may still provide GRE scores, but you are not required to.
  5. Submitted a personal statement (statement of purpose) which includes the following:
    • A description of the student’s prior research experience and any relevant work experience.
    • A description of the student’s career goals.
    • The student’s reasons for applying for graduate study at Georgia Southern University.
    • A list of three (3) psychology faculty (on the Statesboro Campus and/or Armstrong Campus) whose research interests are a match to your own. Of these three, please include at least two experimental faculty members (i.e., you may list one clinical faculty member if desired). In your statement, explain how the research of the selected faculty matches your interests and goals.
  6. Submitted letters of recommendation from three individuals who can speak of the applicant’s undergraduate academic performance, potential for graduate study, maturity level, and character. At least one letter must be from a former professor or faculty research advisor.
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.

Deadlines for Applications

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

  • February 15 (Priority deadline for admission and graduate assistantships)
  • July 1 (Final application deadline). Note: The application and all required documents listed on the “admissions requirements” tab for the program must be received by this deadline. If all required documents are not received by the deadline your application will not be considered for admission
Program of Study
Program Area Credit Hours
Statistics and Research Design 6
Content Courses (Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology,  Learning, Physiological Psychology,  Social Psychology,) 15
Development of Original Research 3
Elective Courses 6
Thesis 6
Total 36
Other Program Requirements
  • 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. Amy Hackney

Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5749
Fax: (912) 478-0751

Last updated: 1/26/2021