Admission to the Community Psychology Graduate Program

For additional information, Community Psychology Course Catalog

Individuals interested in pursuing graduate study in Community Psychology at Martin University must have earned a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited program of study with a minimum GPA of 3.0. In certain circumstances, however, a lower GPA may be accepted with provisional acceptance. An undergraduate major in Psychology is preferred but not required. Applicants will need to complete the initial application process with the Office of Admissions. This includes:
  1. Completing an application form and paying an application fee.
  2. Having all prior official college transcripts forwarded by mail from all prior universities (whether degree conferring or not) directly to Martin University's Admissions Office.
    1. Unofficial transcripts will not be accepted.
    2. Hand carried transcripts will not be accepted.
    3. Missing transcripts will result in a delay in processing the application.
    4. Martin University students may request that official transcripts be sent through interoffice mail rather than through the USPS.
  1. Having three typed, signed, and dated letters of recommendation from professional or academic persons who can comment on the applicant's ability to successfully complete graduate level work sent by mail directly from those individuals to the Office of Admissions.
    1. Hand carried letters will not be accepted.
    2. Emailed letters will not be accepted unless sent in PDF form, signed and dated, to the Admissions Office.
  2. Submitting a 500-word typed personal essay. The personal essay should address why the applicant wishes to pursue a mental health counseling graduate degree, why the applicant wishes to pursue graduate study at Martin University, and a description of the applicant's personal and professional goals.
    1. The personal essay will be evaluated on "Goodness of Fit" with the goals of the program.
    2. The personal essay will be evaluated for logical reasoning, writing style, and professionalism.
When the applicant's packet of application materials is complete, the Office of Admissions will forward the completed packet to the Chairperson for the Department of Natural and Social Sciences. The Department Chair will review the application and forward it to the Psychology Faculty Selection Committee for review. A decision will be made regarding acceptance into the Graduate Community Psychology Program following this review process. Some applicants may be contacted for a formal interview with the Chair and/or members of the Selection Committee before a decision is made. Applicants will receive notification of their acceptance status soon after a decision is made. Applicants should expect to receive this notification within two weeks of the completion of their application packet.
A notification of Full Acceptance indicates the applicant has met all criteria to be admitted as a graduate student in the Community Psychology program. The new student will be assigned a graduate faculty mentor whose job will be to advise the student regarding degree planning and course selection. Once the student has met with his or her mentor, the student may enroll in graduate courses.
Notification of Provisional Acceptance indicates the applicant is deficient in some of the criteria required for full acceptance into the Community Psychology graduate program. In such cases, students are allowed to take graduate level courses. In cases of provisional acceptance, the student must enroll in no more than two graduate classes each semester, for two semesters. If the student receive grades of "B" or better in each class, his or her status will be changed to full acceptance.  If the student does not maintain such grades, he or she will be released from the graduate program. These courses do not apply to requirements for the graduate degree until the student achieves full-acceptance into the graduate program. Provisional-acceptance must be changed to full-acceptance within two semesters of enrollment at Martin University or the student will be released from the program.
Notification of Non-Acceptance status indicates the selection committee members do not believe the applicant meets the criteria necessary to successfully complete the graduate program in Community Psychology.