Admission Policies and Procedures
The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences follows specific admission procedures for the graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and School Psychology. Admissions requirements are based on an evaluation by the program’s admission committee. The steps and materials that need to be included for each applicant are listed below.
The graduate degrees in Counseling Psychology, Forensic, and School Psychology have prerequisite courses that are required for admission. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree (or complete one prior to the start of the fall semester) and evidence of having completed undergraduate or graduate courses in statistics, research, and abnormal psychology with a C or better.
Step 1: Visit the Apply Texas web page to submit a new graduate admissions application. If you're new to Apply Texas, you will be asked to first, activate an Apply Texas account. However, if you already have an account established, simply log into the portal to continue the process. Before submitting the application, you will be asked to submit a non-refundable/transferrable $25.00 fee.
Step 2: Submit all official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment. You need to send transcripts from every university that you attended. To expedite the processing of your application, we encourage for all documents to be submitted *electronically.
Step 3. Take the GRE General Test in time for your official results to be delivered to UHV. Official GRE General Test scores are sent to Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment. Please go here to register for the exam. When registering for the exam select UHV as the recipient (institution code: 6917). It is recommended that you take the exam in the fall before applications are due. GRE test scores are required in order to calculate your Admissions Index. A Graduate Admissions Index of 980 or above is required. The Office of Admissions will calculate the Graduate Admissions Index once the necessary materials are received.
Once the first three steps are complete, students can submit the following products directly to the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (firstname.lastname@example.org):
Product 1. A 1-2 page essay that states the applicant’s reasons for applying to the program and the applicant’s career goals. This is often referred to as a Personal Statement. Please go here for assistance on writing a personal statement.
Product 2. One Letter of Recommendation (including the Recommendation Form for Graduate Psychology Programs) from a non-UHV, non-family source.
All application materials listed above must be completed and received by February 15 to be considered for admission for the fall of that year. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Students may start the graduate psychology programs only during the fall semester.
*2nd round of applications accepted for School Psychology only until July 1, 2023.
Applicants may log into their MyUHV student service center and check their To Do List for outstanding requirements that must be met before their application can be reviewed. Please also go here for additional information about the admission process.
If your application is completed and all products are received by February 15 and you have met the Admission Index and completed the prerequisite courses, your application will then be reviewed by the coordinating Program Director. Successful applicants will be offered a phone interview with UHV graduate faculty in psychology. The interview is a mandatory part of the application process and no applicant will be offered admittance to the graduate programs without an interview.
The Psychology Department graduate programs will not allow students to have Temporary Graduate Student status. All students must gain entry to a Psychology graduate program in Counseling, Forensic, or School Psychology through the admission procedures listed above.