Admissions Information


The minimum requirements for admission to the program are:

1. A bachelor's degree and transcript from an accredited college or university.

2. A cumulative grade point average of not less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all degree work.

3. Competitive scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections of the Graduate Record Examination, taken within the last five years, is required of all applicants. Applicants who have already earned a master's degree may have their GRE required waived and will be determined on a case-by-case basis

4. A personal statement that addresses ALL of  the following:

  1. What has led you to pursue a career in clinical and counseling psychology?
  2. What do you see as your strengths and weaknesses and how will they impact your ability to attain your academic and professional goals?
  3. Why does this program represent a good fit for you?

5. A curriculum vitae

6. Three professional recommendations from individuals who know you well. (preferably drawn from academic and clinical/human service areas).

7. An undergraduate background that includes the following courses:

- General Psychology

- Abnormal Psychology

- Statistics or Research Methods/Experimental Design

- Developmental Psychology

8. An interview will be required (or an alternative where an on-site interview is not feasible).

9. We strongly recommend that applicants who have aspirations for Doctoral-level work or who have  specialized clinical and/or research interests should review faculty background, clinical and research experience in order to identify professors with whom they would like to work.

Deficiencies in preparation may be made up in consultation with the Program Director and Graduate Admissions Committee.

As part of the application process, a criminal background check will be completed. 

A maximum of 6 credits from an accredited institution can be transferred at the discretion of the Graduate Admissions Committee.


The psychology department has the opportunity to offer graduate assistantships to qualified applicants.  These assistantships involve a full tuition waiver along with a small stipend in exchange for working at William Paterson University.  In the past, graduate assistants have worked as program assistants in various academic departments or university programs including academic affairs and student support services.  GA's are expected to be enrolled as full-time students and work 20 hours per week in their assistantship and usually perform a range of administrative or research support for the program or department they work with.  Graduate Assistants may be placed in various departments/offices on campus.  This may include working with undergraduate students, organizing and scheduling department programming or working with specific faculty members on projects.

 If you are interested in being considered for one of these positions, please complete the following supplement to the application.

 1.What types of skills and abilities would you be able to bring to an assistantship position?

 2)What is your main reason for applying for an assistantship?  To what extent does enrolling in the program hinge on your receiving an assistantship?

If you are interested in the Graduate Assistantship, we encourage you to complete your application by late February to early March. 


The priority deadline for applications is March 1st for the Fall semester but applications will be accepted until May 1st. Applications after this deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please send original copies of all  materials to the Graduate Admissions Office.  Fall enrollment only.