Frequently Asked Questions About Our Graduate Programs
What areas of
specialization does the department offer?
We offer an MA in Psychology with four different tracks. Predoctoral
tracks (Predoctoral General and Predoctoral Clinical Health) require a thesis
whereas the Teaching and Clinical Health tracks do not.
Can I get
licensed as a therapist after your Clinical program?
The program is not designed to lead to a counseling credential or
license. If you seek such a credential the Masters in Community Counseling
degree in Educational Psychology at NAU may be right for you.
We do offer training in Positive Behavior Support and NAU offers
courses which are prerequisites to obtain a Board Certified Behavior Analyst ®
credential. It is possible to take these courses (in addition to our
coursework) and count your supervised time in the Health Psychology clinic
towards your supervised BCBA hours.
How long is the
The program is designed to be 2 years (4 semesters). Students
often take extra time after finishing coursework to finish their thesis
students get funding?
Yes, we have competitive funding available in the form of Graduate
Assistantships and a small number of tuition waivers. These GA assignments
support our undergraduate courses and range from large Introductory Psychology
sections to survey content courses (e.g., social, developmental) as well as Statistics
and Research Methods courses. These GA ships provide a tuition reduction and a
stipend for Graduate Assistant work. GA hours are initially allocated during
the application review process and are finalized just before the semester
begins. For the 2013-14 academic year 100% of our full-time graduate students
had some form of funding.
What do your MA
students do after graduation?
Our students go on to doctoral programs in psychology (clinical,
social, neuroscience, gerontology), teach at the community college or
university level, work in county or state health departments, and work at
How can I be a
Competitive applications are characterized by the following:
grade point average of 3.0
Minimum of 18 units of psychology credit, including Introductory
Psychology, statistics (in Psychology) and research methods
- A combined
verbal and quantitative GRE score of 300 or more
- Solid references
(three) from academic sources
- Prior research
experience is desired but not required for admission
We also require a
- Statement of
Interest (500-700 words), discussing the following (with examples):
- why you are
interested in our graduate program in psychology
research, and professional qualifications that highlight your fit with our
- career goals
- level of
independence as student
- level of
- All unofficial
transcripts (the University requires official transcripts after admission)
Where do I send
my GRE scores?
Northern Arizona University - Department of Psychology. The school
code is 4006 and the department code is 2001.
reference letters sent?
When you apply, the application will ask you to provide the email
addresses for the referees. They will receive an email initiating the process.
Once you have identified referees they will be notified whether your
application is complete or not.
Do you require
the GRE subject test in Psychology?
Do I have to
have an undergraduate degree in psychology?
No, but you do have to have 18 hours of college level psychology
credits including Introductory Psychology, statistics (in Psychology) and
How many applications
do you receive?
We usually receive between 40-60 applications. We target 10-13
students for an incoming class.
students who are a good match with our training but we do not specifically
admit students to work with specific faculty members. If you have
specific faculty with whom you would like to work please note those interests
in your Statement of Interest.
When do I hear
about admission decisions?
Students who applied by the application deadline are usually
notified by March. Potential health track students will be contacted for a
phone interview prior to any admission offer.
Do you have
online degree programs?
Our department values face-to-face collaboration and mentoring and
therefore does not offer an online degree.
Where do you
offer your degree?
Our degree program is exclusively on the Flagstaff mountain
apply/begin in the Spring?
No, admission is only offered for the Fall semester.
Do you offer
We generally do not offer graduate courses in the summer.
Do you offer
Although there may be a few GAs available during summer sessions
we generally do not offer graduate funding in the summer.
What kind of
courses do you offer?
A list of courses is available in our program of study forms.
Further descriptions of these courses can be found the NAU Graduate Catalog.
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at 7,000 feet at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff is surrounded
by the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world.
Flagstaff has four distinct seasons, an annual average of 288 days
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