The School Psychology program employs a comprehensive and holistic student selection process. A variety of factors affect admissions decisions, including 1) achievement in college courses, including overall GPA and grades within specific courses; 2) demonstrated interest and experience in research, as indicated through letters of reference, experience in research labs, and research presentations; and 3) demonstrated interest and experience in applied psychology, typically indicated by experiential coursework, internships, and/or work experience involving education, mental health, or other social services. The GRE is no longer required by the Psychology Department. In addition, the faculty carefully consider the “match” between applicants and the School Psychology Program’s goals and mission. We are interested in recruiting graduate students who will fit with and benefit from our collaborative and supportive academic and training community. Equally important is the “match” between applicants and the research interests of the faculty. Admission decisions are made by the program faculty through consensus; individual faculty do not make admissions decisions. We employ a flexible mentorship model. Applicants specifically apply to work with one or more selected faculty members whose research programs match their own interests. This model is advantageous because not every faculty member recruits new students into his/her research program each year. Graduate students occasionally shift advisors during the course of their training. Sharing research interests with more than one faculty member ensures that this sort of transition is possible.
All submitted applications are reviewed by all School and Developmental Psychology faculty. Applicants under serious consideration by the faculty are invited to interview. Interviews are scheduled between mid-January and mid-February. Historically, most interviews were in-person. Interviews last one day and include interviews with School and Developmental Psychology faculty, individual and group discussions with current graduate students, a campus tour, and a reception. For the 2020-21 admissions cycle, interviews will be remote due to COVID-19. Most elements of our interview day will be retained. During future recruitment cycles, both in-person and remote interviews will be available to everyone to ensure that financial constraints do not limit applicants’ ability to participate. After interviews, the School and Developmental faculty decide as a group which applicants will be invited into the program. Offers of admission are recommended to the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering, which makes the formal offers of admission.
Also, please describe or provide a link to program admissions policies that allow students to enter with credit for prior graduate work, and the expected implications for time to completion.