These are the Application Procedures for the MA and MS Program only.  Applicants to the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology have a separate application process located here.

NOTE: You must complete two applications, (1) Cal State Apply and (2) Department application (see step 5)!

A link to the departmental application is provided in Step 5 below.  

The Psychology Department Online Application is available now.  Please read the following instructions carefully and remember you must apply (1) to the University and (2) to the department.

Before you apply:

  • Ensure you satisfy both the San Diego State University and the Psychology Department requirements as outlined on the Admission Requirements page.
  • The deadline for the online University application ( is December 15.
  • The CAL STATE APPLY Application will ask for your “Statement of Purpose.”   You are not required to enter this, but can can state,  “Statement sent directly to department/program.”  You WILL need to include your Statement of Purpose for the Department Application (Step 5 below).
  • IMPORTANT: Once you submit your SDSU application, Cal State Apply takes 7-10 days to generate a Red ID.  You will need this number to submit your DEPARTMENT application,  so please figure this into your timeline.
  • The deadline for the departmental application is December 15.  

Application to the Psychology Department Master’s Program is a 5-step process:

Step 1:  Take the GRE before November.

Request official test scores from  (SDSU Institution Code is 4682 and the Psychology Department Code is 2016). These must be received by December 15.


ETS: Educational Testing Services

GRE: Graduate Records Examinations

TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

IELTS: International English Language Testing System

Step 2:  Apply to the University by December 15.

You are required to submit the CSU application form and application fee to the SDSU office of Graduate Admissions.  The application and fee payment is on-line, at: CAL STATE APPLY (

A SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned, which allows tracking of your application status online. IMPORTANT: Once you submit your SDSU application, Cal State Apply takes 7-10 days to generate a Red ID. You will need this number to submit your DEPARTMENT application, so please take this into account.

Students applying to both the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) and the Master’s program are required to file only one CSU application and pay only one fee, which will cover both programs.  However, you must file a (1) department application for the JDP and (2) a separate application for the Master’s program.

Step 3: Submit Official Transcripts

Graduate applicants are required to submit official transcripts in sealed envelopes (issued by the school) from all post-secondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application as this may result in processing delays.


  1. U.S. Postsecondary Institutions
    • Official transcripts must have been issued within the last year. Transcript received with print dates older than one year will not be accepted.
    • If you previously attended SDSU, you need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. If you are a current SDSU student you are not required to submit an SDSU transcript.
    • Electronic transcripts are acceptable. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use
  2. International Institutions
    • If you have international coursework, you must have your school send one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree also in the original-language.
    • For each original-language document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents.
    • For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country page. Failure to submit the exact country-specific documents listed may result in your application being canceled

Transcripts Deadline

The deadline to submit official transcripts will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under “Admission Status”. Official documents should be submitted to:

Graduate Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

APPLICANTS WITH INTERNATIONAL COURSEWORK (Disregard this section if all course work was completed in USA)

Step 4 (International Students Only):  

Follow all instructions outlined here: and
 For additional information, please email

Step 5: Departmental Application – All applicants domestic and international apply by December 15.

The Psychology Department is using an online application. Complete the program application using Interfolio. Click on one of the two links below to begin the program application for your desired program.

Psychology MA or Psychology MS

In preparation for the department application, please prepare the following documents.

  1. In addition to transcripts submitted to the university in Step 3, you will need scanned Transcripts for EVERY College-Level Institution you have ever Attended (unofficial OK).  Please note the university requires official transcripts but you may upload official or unofficial transcripts for the department application. Scan your transcripts to a PDF. When scanning your documents, keep the size of document as small as possible by selecting black and white (not color) and a medium resolution (not the highest or best resolution).  Please ensure that your transcript is readable. If you choose to upload an unofficial transcript, keep in mind that copying and pasting your transcript information from a university website may yield an unformatted, illegible transcript. In that case you will need to upload an official transcript.  If your transcript is not legible, your application will not be considered.  If transcripts are missing, your application will not be considered.
  2. Your Statement of Purpose.  This is a good opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you think you would be a successful student in our graduate program. Please include information about your background relevant to your planned graduate study, your reasons for wanting to pursue graduate study in psychology, areas of discipline that are of particular interest to you, why you are specifically interested in San Diego State University’s program, your long-term professional goals, and any other information that you think is relevant. In addition, we request that you provide additional information about faculty mentor preferences, specifically in terms of how their research program fits with your interests. (3 double-spaced pages or less).
  3. Your Resume or CV Guidelines Here.
    When you are on the online application (Interfolio), you will need to provide the following:
  4. Prerequisites. This is in “Other Document” section. Complete and upload Prerequisite form. See Document Checklist (under Forms) for details.
  5. Three Letters of Recommendation
    We have completely eliminated the use of the paper letters of recommendation. As part of the electronic application, you will be asked to indicate the names, titles, institution, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of three recommenders. Interfolio will contact your recommenders with instructions for uploading their letter.

We admit students for fall semester only. The departmental application deadline is December 15.

For information on the application for the Joint Doctoral Program, click here.