Admission to the program is based on a review by the admissions committee of each applicant's complete profile, including the applicant's grade point average in the baccalaureate degree; performance in relevant courses of study; stated goals (personal, career and research); evaluation by referees; relevant research and practical experience; maturity; GRE scores on verbal, quantitative, analytic tests and the psychology tests (the latter is optional); and identification of an area of research interest compatible with the research interests and competence of the program's faculty.
Applicants must have at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and a "B" average, or 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and must take the general Graduate Record Examination test (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic Reasoning). The Graduate Record Examination subject test in Psychology is optional but recommended. Please note that the subject test is given infrequently during the year; seats for it book up quickly.
In considering whom to ask for letters of reference, it is important that the reviewers address your potential for being successful in our program. Therefore, you should seek letters from people who can talk about you as a student (preferably a psychology student) or a researcher. Letters from people for whom you have worked when that work is unrelated to psychology will not be as heavily weighted.
Full-time enrollment is the standard in the Applied Developmental Psychology Program. On rare occasions, students who already have a master's degree in a related field will be accepted on a part-time basis.
The deadline for applications is January 9. All original application documents must be sent directly to the Graduate School at www.umbc.edu/gradschool/admissions/howto.html. Please do not send application materials directly to the Psychology Department as they will not be considered.
You need to take the GRE General Test which includes Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic Writing tests. Taking the GRE Subject Test in Psychology is optional but recommended. Information about the exams is available at the ETS website, www.ets.org/gre. Please be sure and check when the registration deadlines are. The subject test is given infrequently during the year; slots fill up quickly. You need to schedule the test sufficiently early to allow time for us to receive your score.
For Additional Information
For additional information about the program, please contact the ADP Graduate Program director, Dr. Susan Sonnenschein at 410.455.2361 or email@example.com. If you have questions about a specific faculty member's interests, contact that faculty member. Email addresses for individual faculty are available in their biographical pages under the Faculty Listing. If you want to know whether your application has been received or is complete, contact Ms. Nicole Mooney at 410.455.2567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.