Application Checklist

Graduate Psychology Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Psychology Program application process. The Avila School of Psychology & Cognitive Science application is self-administered, meaning that the applicant is responsible for submitting the completed application forms and all supporting documents.

Required Application Materials
Applications will not be processed until all application materials have been received including the following:

The School of Psychology & Cognitive Science Graduate Application
The application should be completed online. If accommodation or assistance is needed while completing the application, please contact the School of Psychology & Cognitive Science.

Resumé or Curriculum Vitae
Be sure to include relevant work and/or volunteer experience as well as research presentations or publications.

Statement of Purpose
Your written statement is a critical component of your application for admission, and can sometimes be the determining factor in the approval of admittance. This letter serves as your writing sample. Be sure that your letter is well-written, edited, and approximately 500 words long. Your statement should reflect your motivation for graduate study, your professional goals, as well as how you think your career and academic goals will be supported by the experience of an education at Avila University.

Two Letters of Recommendation
(Download PDF form)
Two current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. Academic recommendations are strongly encouraged. Family members and non-professional affiliated friends do not meet this requirement. A form is provided for your convenience. Please complete the top portion and note the right of access statement on the recommendation form; you may or may not elect to sign this waiver.

You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, letters from other individuals who can address your professional achievement and potential will be accepted. Those submitting recommendations may either return the recommendation to you (in a sealed envelope with their signature over the flap) for inclusion with the other application documents or mail the recommendations directly to the mailing address provided on the recommendation form.

Official transcripts of all post-secondary education, bearing the signature of the registrar and the seal of the institution are required. This requirement stands even if credits earned at one institution appear as credits transferred on another institution’s transcript. Electronic transcripts are accepted as long as they are official and sent directly from the previous institution to Avila University. Applicants may submit transcripts before mid-year grades are posted. However, final transcripts, recording verification of your graduation, and degree conferred must follow.

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