Admission Procedures and Criteria

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Andrews University’s MA in Educational Psychology seeks to recruit applicants that will enter the program with strong academic backgrounds, and a desire to learn developmental and instructional skills and how to integrate scientific research into their practice.  Applicants must also demonstrate an emotional maturity consistent with the role of a master’s student entering a rigorous program requiring commitment to coursework.

Students are accepted in fall, spring, and summer semesters.  The length of the program can depend on which concentration is chosen and the semester started. 

The Application Process

Students begin the admission process by applying online at Once an application is completed, the file is forwarded to the Master’s Admission Committee for review. If the faculty members believe an applicant would make a strong candidate in the program, they are contacted for an interview.

During the interview, applicants will typically interview with the Program Coordinator during which they are evaluated with respect to professional behavior, oral communication, understanding of and commitment to the profession, recognition of the challenges in working with culturally and linguistically diverse individuals, and understanding of the whole person. The committee votes on each applicant, with the graduate file, as well as the interview used to make a decision as to an applicant’s fit in the program based on their overall profile.

Minimum Admission Requirements

• Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken.
• Recommendations: Two recommendations are required from professionals—such as advisors, major professors, and employers—excluding relatives. At least one recommendation should be academic.
• Resume or professional history: Information about employment, research, or special projects.
• Minimum GPA of 2.60 on undergraduate degrees.
• Statement of Purpose: A 500-word essay explaining objectives in seeking a graduate degree at Andrews University. Include a description of personal, professional, and academic goals; philosophical perspective; and what the applicant hopes to accomplish professionally in ten years following the completion of degree.

Although the GRE is not an admission requirement for the Master’s program, qualifying students are eligible for a Graduate Scholarship to reduce tuition, based on their GRE scores and admission GPA.  Please visit here for more information. GRE exam scores must be less than 5 years old at time of admission. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required.

Notice of Non-Discrimination, Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Andrews University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.

Reports of discrimination or harassment based on any of the above-mentioned categories should be directed to the Office of Diversity.  Contact information can be found here.

Transfer Credit Policy

Andrews University may grant credit for previously completed relevant graduate level coursework achieved at a university that is either regionally accredited or a recognized candidate for accreditation according to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). In addition, credits from a foreign post-secondary institution that is recognized and approved by the local Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution may be accepted.

Transfer courses will be accepted for up to 20% of the program-required credits, only after evaluation by the Registrar, the Department of Graduate Psychology and Counseling, and the School of Graduate Studies. Courses considered for transfer are subject to the following conditions: 1) Evaluation of proposed transfer credits is completed on a course-by-course basis; 2) Transfer credits are evaluated only from an official transcript and official course syllabus from the semester the course was taken. The award of transfer credits for international students may require the submission of the course syllabus and/or course-by-course evaluation by an approved international credential evaluation service; 3) Transfer credit can only be awarded for courses with final grades posted on an official transcript; 4) All information on the official transcript must match the Transfer Credit Petition Form; 5) Any course considered for transfer must have a grade of ‘B’ or above (3.0 on a 4.0 scale); 6) Courses listed with a ‘P’ or “Pass” grade are not eligible for transfer; 7) Practicum and internship credits are not eligible for transfer.  All fieldwork (practicum and internship) must be completed at Andrews University; 8) The course grade for a transferred course is not calculated into a student’s Andrews University Grade Point Average; 9) There must be an 80% overlap in course content between the proposed transfer course and the Andrews course; 10) Each course proposed for transfer must be taken no earlier than six calendar years prior to graduation.

Graduates from the MA Educational Psychology program may consider furthering their education by applying for the PhD in Educational Psychology. Completion of a doctoral program after finishing a master’s program, prepares individuals for added responsibility in the area of supervision and more in-depth understanding of the field and research methodology.

For more information on the admission process please contact either Graduate Admissions or the Graduate Psychology & Counseling Department.

Andrews University Graduate Admissions

Department of Graduate Psychology & Counseling
4195 Administration Drive – Bell Hall 167
Berrien Springs, MI 49104
Phone: 269-471-3473