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The Graduate School

Psychological Science


The Master of Science in Psychological Science is a broad based, research-oriented program intended to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge necessary for continued occupational and educational advancement in the field of psychology. The program consists of course work designed around a core curriculum of statistics, research design, substantive areas of psychology and a research based thesis. Students completing the program are qualified: to go on to further graduate work at universities offering a PhD in Psychology; to find employment in jobs requiring masters level expertise in applied psychology; and/or to work as evaluation research specialists in government or community agencies.


Applicants are not required to have been psychology majors, but it is expected they have completed at least 12 semester hours in psychology undergraduate coursework, including:

  • Statistics or Research Methods
  • Experimental psychology course or advanced course in applying research methods
  • Two of the following courses:
    • Personality
    • Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Lifespan Development
    • Social Psychology
    • Cognition
Applicants must have maintained a 3.0 GPA or higher across these courses. Applicants may file a written request to the department to consider equivalent coursework.

Application Deadlines

Fall Term . . . . . . . . April 15

The review process begins in February. Students are encouraged
to submit applications early as this is a limited-access program.

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Dan Richard
Associate Professor
(904) 620-1639

The following items must be submitted no later than the deadline posted above. Incomplete applications with outstanding requirements, or those post-marked after the posted deadline, are subject to cancellation. Once an application has been canceled, the decision can not be reversed. Applicants may apply for the next application cycle.

  • UNF admission application
  • Application fee
  • If applicable, collection holds and judicial holds must be cleared
  • All of the below university and program requirements
  • University Requirements
    • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted institutional accreditor, or its equivalent from a foreign institution, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study.
    • Transcripts, and foreign evaluations if applicable, from all post-secondary institutions attended. Admitted students will be prompted to provide official copies. 
  • Program Requirements
    • Resume or curriculum vitae
      • 2 pages in length
    • Letter of intent
      • Not to exceed 500 words
      • Describe reasons for seeking a graduate degree in Psychology and career goals that would be supported by enrolling in the MSPS program
      • Summarize research skills and any other experiences (e.g. volunteer work) that are relevant to particular area(s) of interest in psychology
      • Identify at least 2 faculty members with whom you would like to work with, and discuss how career goals fit with their research interest; students will only be accepted to the program if faculty members are accepting students for the following year, so check the MSPS graduate program website or email faculty directly to inquire if they are taking graduate student mentees
    • Writing Sample
      • Ideally a single-authored, APA formatted paper from a Research Methods or equivalent class
      • Describe in cover letter why this writing sample best represents your writing skills and experience
    • Two letters of recommendation
      • Must be from faculty and/or employers who can speak to the suitability of the applicant for graduate study and the profession of psychology
      • Successful applicants typically have at least one letter from a faculty with whom they directly worked with in a research setting
    • GRE test scores
      • Optional and can be included if a student feels this enhances their
        application and reflects their qualifications for matriculating into the program
      • Taken within the last 5 years