Frequently Asked Questions
What is the deadline for application to the general psychology program?
What are the requirements for application?
Apply by March 1 to get maximum consideration for admission and support. You need a completed application, which includes transcripts, GRE scores, three letters of recommendation and a personal statement before you can be considered. Visit our online application to complete the application process. Learn more from the Office of Graduate Admissions >>
What is the purpose of the general psychology program?
The Master of Arts degree program prepares graduates for doctoral programs in cognitive, social or developmental psychology, or employment in educational, research or applied settings. Many of our graduates have earned doctoral degrees at other universities and teach at the university level.
What is the focus of the general psychology program?
We give graduates a broad background in psychology through class work and research experience. You will study research methods, history and content in social, cognitive and developmental psychology.
What are the requirements of the general psychology program?
The program is designed to be completed within two years. A thesis with collected empirical research data and statistical analysis is required. Students are encouraged to engage in as much research as time permits.
What are the advantages of the general psychology program?
We provide a low student-to-faculty ratio, assuring individual attention. Our substantial facilities and professorial instruction will provide you a strong basis for further education or employment.
Can I attend the program as a half-time student?
No, we only admit students on a full-time basis.
What should be included in the personal statement?
The personal statement is one of the more important aspects of your application. At minimum, the statement of purpose should describe (a) your past research experiences in psychology and (b) how your past experiences fit in with the faculty at the University of Dayton. The personal statement should conclude with a paragraph that indicates with which faculty you are interested in working.
Who are the program faculty?
Many of the current faculty have websites that can provide applicants with additional information regarding their research interests. Meet our faculty >>
Are there minimum required GRE scores for admittance to the program?
Technically, no. However, most admitted students have scores that exceed 500 on both the Verbal and Quantitative sections.
Can I apply to the General program, but work with the Clinical faculty?
Although possible, it is not encouraged. If you are interested in working with the clinical faculty (for one's MA thesis), it is best to simply apply to the UD Clinical program.