Clinical and Counseling Psychology (MA)

Clinical and Counseling Psychology (MA)

Master of Arts in Clinical and Counseling Psychology


Applications to this program must be made through the Centralized Application Service for graduate study in Psychology. (PSYCAS

The portal for the PYSCAS application process to William Paterson University opens September 12, 2019 at It is strongly recommended that you visit the PYSCAS "Frequently Asked Questions" page before starting your application. All questions about submitting, completing, and verifying your application should be directed to the PSYCAS helpline at 

In addition, applicants are required to pay a $50 supplemental application fee to William Paterson University. The Office of Graduate Admissions from William Paterson will send an email to all applicants with instructions to pay the supplemental application fee. 

Do not send any application materials to William Paterson University. Late applications will not be considered nor reviewed.

Application Deadline:

March 1 (priority for Graduate Assistantship)
May 1 (final deadline) 

Non-degree status not available

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the University’s admission requirements:

  • 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. 
  • Cumulative grade point average of no less than 3.00 on 4.00 scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores: Competitive GRE scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years. 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. The William Paterson University PSYCAS GRE Code is 4220. The Psychology subject GRE is NOT required. 
  • Personal statement that addresses ALL of the following:
    • What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
    • What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
    • Why does this program represent a good fit for you?
  • Three professional recommendations from individuals who know you well (preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas). Personal or non-professional references are not accepted. 
  • A Curriculum Vitae or Resume which includes clinical, research and/or human services experiences
  • An undergraduate background that includes the following courses:
    • General Psychology
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Research Methods/Experimental Design or Statistics
    • Developmental 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. 
  • Completion of an interview with a member of the M.A. Program Admissions Committee