Admissions Information


All application materials should be submitted to PSYCAS, please do not fill out or send any materials via WPU graduate admissions portal

Admissions Requirements for M.A. in Clinical and Counseling Psychology :

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or an appropriately certified foreign institution. Graduating seniors are expected to submit final transcript following graduation and prior to enrollment at WPU. 
    • All applicants, including applicants from William Paterson University, are required to submit their transcripts through PsyCAS. 
  • An undergraduate degree grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for all degree work.
  • Competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), taken within the last five years, is required of all applicants. Applicants who have already earned a master's degree may have their GRE requirement waived and will be determined on a case-by-case basis *GRE is waived for the 2021 admission cycle*.
  •   Prerequisite courses: 
    • General Psychology
    • Developmental Psychology
    • Research Methods/Experimental Design or Statistics 
    • Abnormal Psychology. 
  • Strong applicants who are deficient in any of the four prerequisite courses may be considered for admission if the applicant provides documented evidence of course equivalencies. 

How to Apply 

•    In addition to the PsyCAS application fee, there is a supplemental, non-refundable $50 application fee to William Paterson University of New Jersey (WP). Within 1-2 weeks of submitting your PsyCAS application, you will receive an email from WP with instructions for how to pay the supplemental application fee. To receive full consideration of your application, the supplemental application fee must be paid.

•    Personal Statement, which addresses all of the following: 
      1.    What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology? 
      2.    What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your      
             academic and professional goals? 
      3.    Why does this program represent a good fit for you? 
      4.    Any additional information that can help us evaluate you. 

•    Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae, which includes clinical, research and/or human services experiences. 

•    GRE Scores. The William Paterson University PsyCAS GRE Score Code is 4220. Please be sure to use this code. The Psychology subject GRE is NOT required. Applicants who have already earned a master's degree may have their GRE requirement waived and will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

•    Official Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. You will need to order transcripts from EVERY school you have received credit, even if those credits show up on your conferral transcript. 

•    Three Applicant Recommendation Letters from individuals who know you well, preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas. Personal or non-professional references are not accepted. 

•   Completion of an interview with a member of the M.A. Program Admissions Committee.



Questions about using PSYCAS? Please see the FAQ here


A small number Graduate Assistantship (GA) awards are available to select students with outstanding credentials and financial needs. These assistantships involve a full tuition waiver along with a small stipend in exchange for working at William Paterson University for 20 hours per week from September to June. In the past, graduate assistants have worked as program assistants in various academic departments or university programs and provide administrative or research support. If you are interested in being considered for a graduate assistantship, please complete the supplemental questions to the application. 

 1) What types of skills and abilities would you be able to bring to an assistantship position?

 2) What is your main reason for applying for an assistantship?  To what extent does enrolling in the program hinge on your receiving an assistantship?

Only applications completely by March 1st will be considered for a GA award.

Application Deadline 

All application materials, including official transcripts, GRE score reports, and recommendation letters must be received by the deadline. Fall enrollment only.

  • Priority Deadline: March 1st to be considered for a graduate assistantship 
  • Final Deadline: May 1st