A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is required of candidates for admission into the MAC program. More specifically, an undergraduate major in psychology is highly desirable. However, a psychology major is not essential. A minor in psychology is usually expected as the minimum academic background.
Note: Lack of undergraduate coursework in psychology does not automatically exclude you from consideration. You may be able to demonstrate equivalent academic training (such as majors or minors in social work, family studies, or other fields related to psychology) and excellence in other criteria for admission (experience, mastery over personal issues, letters of reference, GPA, etc.).
The MAC faculty reserves the right to offer especially promising students who have not completed all of the desired undergraduate coursework in psychology a conditional acceptance into the program. If in doubt, contact us and ask! In addition to academic course content, your previous GPA will be taken as a predictor of your ability to succeed in the MAC program. We understand that poor grades can result from many factors, such as stress, work, or family obligations.
The MAC program does not require GRE or MAT scores for admission; in the absence of such scores, prior grades are one of the best indicators of academic potential. If your previous grades were modest (mainly B's and C's), you may wish to address this in your goal statement and/or ask your references to address it.
Documentation of academic background and grades are taken from official transcripts. Official transcripts are required from each and every college and university you have attended, even those where you took only one or two classes. "Official transcripts" are usually defined as any sealed transcript that comes directly from the degree-granting institution, bearing the institution’s seal and the official signature of the registrar. Unsealed transcripts (i.e., transcripts opened by the student) or photocopies of official transcripts are not acceptable.
Students with no classes in any of the social sciences may be required to enroll in an undergraduate Introduction to Psychology or Human Development course prior to acceptance into the program, and then will be accepted on a conditional basis.
International students must submit proof of English proficiency in one of two ways:
An undergraduate degree from a U.S. institution where English is the language of instruction, or
An official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score report (less than 2 years old) sent directly from the testing agency. For full admission we require a 79 IBT/213 CBT/550 PBT on the TOFEL or 6.5 band score on the academic version of the IELTS.
Those students who do not meet the minimum required English proficiency but are otherwise admissible will be conditionally admitted through our ESL program. Saint Martin's University is the sole judge of an applicant's English proficiency.