BS/MA in Applied Social Psychology
An undergraduate interested in applying to the five-year degree program should discuss the timing of the application process with the graduate program director for applied social psychology:
Dr. Scott Tindale
Damen Hall, Room 622
Although students are officially allowed to enter the program in the spring semester of their junior year, judicious course choices and some additional summer coursework during the first two years as undergraduates at Loyola are needed to finish the program in five years.
After speaking to the program director, interested students should apply directly to the MA degree program. Both the application fee and the GRE subject exam requirement are waived for BS/MA applicants. To complete the application requirements by the April 1 deadline, students should take the GRE general exam no later than the beginning of their 2nd semester as a junior.
Students applying to the program should meet the following academic requirements:
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
- Satisfactory progress toward completion of the BS in Psychology degree program.
- Satisfactory progress toward completion of Core Curriculum requirements.
Five-year students retain their undergraduate status until they complete 128 hours of coursework at the end of their 4th year. Although graduate students typically take only 9 credit hours per semester, students in this program may wish to take 12 credit hours per semester to retain full-time undergraduate status until they earn the BS degree. Tuition charges remain at the undergraduate level until students achieve graduate status at the beginning of their 5th year.
All applications are reviewed by the faculty using the same criteria used for other MA program applicants. Students admitted to the program are assigned a graduate advisor and allowed to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year. Students are required to meet with their graduate advisor each semester to evaluate progress through the program and to discuss course selection.
The Department of Psychology offers outstanding undergraduates the option of completing the bachelor's degree and then the master's degree in five years.
Prospective students interested in graduating with the BS/MA degree should first apply to the BS degree program through the Office of Undergraduate Admission, indicating their interest in psychology on their application. Qualifying students then typically apply for the MA degree program in the middle of their junior year at Loyola.