Application Guide

This guide will make the application process with the Department of Psychology a little less stressful. Applications and all supporting material must be submitted by February 1st to be considered for admission in the Fall.

Congratulations! You have completed the requirements for your undergraduate degree and now are considering graduate school. The Department of Psychology at UWF is a great place to continue your educational and professional journey. This is an exciting time; you are considering your options, working on submitting applications, and looking toward the future. While it is very exciting it can also be very overwhelming. In order to make the application process a little easier, this guide has been created to help you navigate the process with our department.

In order to be considered for admission into the Master of Psychology program applicants must meet both the University graduate admission requirements as well as department requirements, which will be explained in more detail. Expand a section below for more information.

University Admission Requirements

University requirements include submitting an application, paying a $30 processing fee, submitting official transcripts, and submitting official test results from a nationally standardized graduate admission test (the department requires the GRE). If you need more specifics, you can view the Admissions section of the University's Graduate Catalog. The catalog includes helpful information for new applicants such as:

Another great resource for information regarding graduate programs at UWF is the Graduate School. There you can find tons of information about the application process, tuition and funding, and graduate student life.

Department Admission Requirements

University requirements aren't the only thing to consider when applying for our graduate program. You must also keep in mind the department admissions requirements. To be considered for admission in our Master of Psychology program, you must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in psychology (preferably) OR
  • A bachelor’s degree with the completion of the following program prerequisites:
    • General/introductory psychology (PSY2012)
    • Psychology research methods (PSY3213)
    • Three semester hours of statistics (STA2023)
  • Preference will be given to applicants that have completed at least one of the following courses:
    • Counseling: Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality, Psychology of Learning
    • Industrial-Organizational: Industrial Psychology, Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior (or the equivalent business courses)
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or a 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours of coursework in the baccalaureate degree.
  • If admitted, students who do not have an undergraduate degree in Psychology must have the specified prerequisites for all graduate courses. For example, these students need to complete Abnormal Psychology (CLP 3144), or its equivalent, before taking Psychopathology (CLP 5166).
  • If admitted, students who have an undergraduate degree in Psychology are considered to have met the prerequisites for courses in the graduate core.

In addition to those program prerequisites, our department's Graduate Admission's Committee uses our Admission Matrix to complete a comprehensive review of the following criteria:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Verbal and Quantitative score
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA
  • Psychology undergraduate GPA
  • Grades received in undergraduate major coursework
  • Submission of letter of intent
  • Submission of three letters of reference
  • Field experience or skill sets
  • Oral Interview, if applying to the Counseling specialization (by invitation only)

The holisitc review of materials allows the Committee to consider all available information when assessing the potential success of each applicant. However, this comprehensive review means that there are no hard and fast rules about how your application will stack up against others.

Ready to Apply?

You have made it through reviewing all of the admission requirements and you know that UWF's Department of Psychology is the place for you. All you have to do now is apply.

Considering all of the information you have just waded through, however, you may still be feeling a bit murky on what to actually submit. A complete application has all of the following materials submitted by February 1st to be considered for admission in the Summer/Fall:

  • The online UWF Graduate Admissions Application and $30 fee payment
  • Official transcripts from every institution you have attended
    • Must be sent directly from the institutions to Graduate Admissions
  • GRE scores
    • Allow 3 weeks for official scores to be received from ETS; our institution code is 5833
    • An applicant's copy of their scores may be emailed to while awaiting official scores
  • Letter of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • One letter must be from a faculty member
  • International students only must submit TOEFL or other language test scores
    • Must be sent directly from ETS to Graduate Admissions

Any application materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions at the following address:

                    The University of West Florida
                    Graduate Admissions
                    11000 University Pkwy., Bldg 11
                    Pensacola, FL 32514-5750

Still have questions?

Check out our FAQs! If you can't find the answer to a question or you just want to talk to someone about the admissions process, please contact our Graduate Recruitment office. The office can be reached by phone (850-474-2969) or email ( The Graduate Recruitment office can provide general information about UWF and the Department of Psychology, answer questions regarding the admissions process, or send you to the right person if you have questions specific to one of our concentrations.

Admission FAQs


Still trying to decide if our program is the right one for you? Take a look at our concentrations: