Note: The program will start accepting applications in January 2018 for students who plan to start in Fall Semester 2018.  Please check back here in December 2017 for revised application procedures. 


Those interested in registering for graduate level courses during that time are encouraged to apply for nondegree-seeking status.  Students can complete up to 9CR of graduate coursework that may ultimately apply toward the MA degree.

Learn more about applying to the MA in psychology program below.

*Applicants should have an undergraduate major in psychology or equivalent.  We require that applicants have completed an introductory psychology course, a psychology research methods course, a course in statistics, and at least three additional core psychology courses.*

Contact Program Director, Professor Caitlin Mahoney, at caitlin.mahoney@metrostate.edu with questions or for more information.

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to working with you as your education journey begins at Metropolitan State University. 

Application Packet

A complete application packet consists of two parts (three, for international students):

Part One

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
    • Current fee of $20 is waived for graduates of Metropolitan State.
  • Official transcripts
    • Official transcripts for all previous college-level work in undergraduate and graduate programs showing a baccalaureate degree or equivalent with grade-point average or narrative description of courses completed from all schools attended after high school and transcripts from any graduate or professional programs.

Part Two

All materials must be submitted to be considered for full admission to the Master of Arts Psychology program.

  • Letter of intent
    • A 1-3 page double-spaced letter that addresses the following:
      • Why are you applying to this program?
      • What should we know about you that will help us to make a decision regarding your admittance into this graduate program?
      • What are your professional goals and how will this graduate program help you to fulfill those goals?
      • How have your past academic, work, research, and community volunteer experiences prepared you for this graduate program?
  • Work history documentation
    • In the form of either a narrative or your resume (resume is preferred)
  • Three Reference Forms
    • The letters of reference form sent directly by people who can best judge your ability to be successful in a graduate program in psychology. The recommendations should come from your college instructors (because they know and can talk about your academic work) and work supervisors (including volunteer work and internships). Must include:
      • at least one former/current instructor
      • at least one work/volunteer supervisor

Part Three - International Students Only

In addition to parts one and two, international applicants in the U.S. or abroad, on any type of visa, are required to provide this information for admission to the university.

  • Proof of English proficiency (official TOEFL or IELTS score)
    • Minimum scores: TOEFL 80 IBT, 213 CBT, 550 PBT or IELTS 6.5
    • IBT=internet based; CBT=computer based; PBT=paper based
  • Financial statement (F1 visa only)
  • Immunization records
  • Copies of passport, visa, I-94, and international home address and phone numbers

Visit International Student Services graduate admissions for part three details.


Submit all materials to the Graduate Studies Office via mail using the mailing address below or by email to graduate.studies@metrostate.edu.


Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
MEC Building, Office 4003
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis Campus

Mailing address:
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Email address: graduate.studies@metrostate.edu

Master of Arts in Psychology Address
Metropolitan State University
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106