M.A. in Psychology
Cal Poly Pomona
3801 West Temple Avenue
Pomona, California 91768
Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.
Length of Program
Full-time attendance with admission in a fall quarter will allow a student to complete the program in two years.
Estimated Total Program Tuition
Entering Class Size
Accepts a maximum of 16 students per year.
Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program
Minimum 225 hours.
Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program
Encouraged but not required.
Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:
Two-part comprehensive exam
Undergraduate GPA Requirement
Undergraduate G.P.A. and G.P.A. for psychology courses must be 3.0 or higher. The minimum GPA cutoff may vary somewhat from year to year, depending on the applicant pool. Prospective applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in psychology with at least 24 upper division semester units or 36 upper division quarter units in psychology. Consideration will also be given to students from other majors who have completed the same number of units (24 semester or 36 quarter). We look for coverage that is appropriate and rigorous.
Applicants should have successfully completed upper division undergraduate psychology courses such as statistics, experimental, history and systems, abnormal, personality, and psychological testing, and either an upper or lower division course in physiological psychology. Any deficiencies must be made up before the student receives unconditional graduate standing.
Applicants for this program will be required to submit 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 of which being from professors who can assess the applicant’s ability to perform successfully in graduate studies) and a biographical statement, which should be approximately 1 to 2 single-spaced or 2 to 4 double-spaced typewritten pages and should discuss personal history and factors that have influenced the applicant to pursue a career in counseling. This should not be confused with the Statement of Purpose, which is just a small section on the university application where you indicate that you want to receive an M.S. in Psychology.
All other qualifications being comparable, factors such as ethnic background, bilingual skills, and relevant life experiences will be seen as added strengths for a candidate.
(see program website for complete application requirements)
Applicants in whom we are interested will be contacted for a face-to-face interview on our campus that will last about 30 minutes.
(Reprinted from program website.)
Students graduating from this program will learn “how to be a professional” therapist. This includes skills beyond knowledge of theories and techniques gained from classroom material, although such knowledge is certainly relevant and important. Thus, students will be able to demonstrate the following set of objectives:
- Intervention skills with children and theories that relate to such intervention
- Identification of child abuse and how to report such abuse
- Intervention skills with families and theories that relate to such intervention
- Identification of elder abuse and how to report such abuse
- Intervention skills with couples and theories that relate to such intervention
- Identification of partner abuse and how to report such abuse
- Intervention skills with groups
- Knowledge of biological bases of behaviors
- Knowledge of how drugs, alcohol, and psychotropic medications affect behaviors
- The ability to formulate diagnostic impressions regarding mental disorders using the edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in effect at the time of enrollment
- The ability to understand major psychological tests to measure intelligence, personality traits, and other matters relevant to psychological assessment
- An understanding of how multicultural and gender issues relate to our theories and intervention strategies of psychotherapy
- An understanding of professional ethics and laws that relate to all forms of therapy
- Professional behavior, such as dress and language
- The ability to develop a therapeutic alliance with clients
- The ability to separate out one's own issues from those of one's clients
- A responsiveness to supervision and other forms of feedback