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Combined B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. Program in Psychology

Students in this five-year program earn both a B.A. or B.S. and an M.S. in psychology. This program provides an especially strong foundation for individuals who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in one of the many subfields of psychology. It also serves the needs of students who are unsure of their future professional goals and of individuals seeking a terminal Master’s degree before entering the work force.

B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. in Psychology

B.A./M.S  or B.S./M.S. Program Requirements

Applicants to the program should have the following:

  • Villanova psychology major with junior status
  • a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (most accepted applicants have higher GPAs)
  • a GPA in the psychology major of at least 3.2 (most accepted applicants have higher GPAs)

completed or be enrolled in at least 6 psychology courses which must include:

  • PSY 2000 - Statistics
  • PSY 2050 - Research Methods
  • PSY 2100 - Seminar in Professional Development
  • PSY 4200 - Biopsychology or PSY 4500 - Cognitive Psychology
  • Two additional psychology electives

Although not required for application, most successful applicants have demonstrated interest in psychological research by participating in a research laboratory.

Application Requirements

Application Deadline: March 15th

To apply to the bachelor/master's program, submit the following to the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department office (334 Tolentine):

  • Completed Combined B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. program application form
  • Official transcripts documenting your undergraduate courses
  • A personal statement (2 pages maximum) describing your career goals and reasons for pursuing a master's degree.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty assessing your potential for success in the bachelor/master's program. Letter forms can be downloaded here.
  • The GRE is waived for the B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. program, but students' SAT or ACT scores will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Please note: Acceptance into the Combined B.A./M.S. or B.S./M.S. program is competitive and is limited to a small number of new students each year.