Application Procedures


For M.S. in Behavioral and Brain Sciences in Psychology

*Students interested in the Clinical Counseling program please see information on the Doctor of Philosophy below.

To assure that all graduate students receive the appropriate level of mentoring and supervised training no more than 6 - 8 students are admitted per year. Students are admitted once a year for Fall Semester only.

Applicants should specify with which of the following faculty they would most like to work, and why, in their Statement of Purpose (see below). Only faculty from this list may be listed.

Person Area of Interest
Foster, Joshua Personality and Individual Differences, Personality Assessment, Latent Variable Analysis

Isen, Joshua

Behavioral Genetics, Adolescence, Externalizing Problems

Lindsey, Dakota

Working memory, Serial order, Individual Differences 
Lyn, Heidi Comparative, Animal Cognition and Communication
Powell, Laura Distance Education, Teaching of Psychology
Shelley-Tremblay, Jack Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychophysiology, Language
Turner. Lisa Developmental, Juvenile & Family Violence
Yates, Mark Cognitive Psychology, Language Processing

Applicants should submit their materials by February 15 to this online web portal.

If you are a first-time applicant to the University of South Alabama Graduate School, then you will first need to create an account.

You will need to prepare these materials:

  1. A Statement of Purpose: Detailing the applicant's relevant experiences, career and future plans, and with which faculty mentors they would most like to work (from the list above).
  2. Non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level course work.
  4. General GRE test scores are requested, but not required.
  5. TOEFL scores (for international students only).
  6. Students should be prepared to provide the names and email addresses of three recommenders. The recommenders will then be contacted separately and submit their recommendations in a dedicated portal.

Applications completed after February 15 will be considered only if space is still available.

If you have questions regarding the application process, the graduate program secretary, Mrs. Milliner, can answer most questions. 

For Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s (ABM) Program in Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Interested undergraduates should first check their eligibility (> 3.3 GPA; verifiable scores on the ACT, SAT, or GRE) before applying. Students need to be on target to complete at least 90 credit hours prior to entry in the ABM program. 

Entry can only occur in the fall semester, and students are advised to apply during the spring semester of their junior year. The following materials should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator:

  1. A Statement of Purpose detailing a) relevant experiences and interests, b) how completion of the MS degree contributes to the applicant’s career goals, and c) identification of the faculty mentor(s) the applicant intends to work with if accepted into the program.
  2. Two letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references; the two referees should email their letters directly to the Graduate Coordinator.

For Doctor of Philosophy
In Combined Clinical and Counseling Psychology

Applicants to the CCP Program must submit the following through the University of South Alabama 
online admissions portal (please note that the CCP program is listed under the Graduate School):

  1. Pay the $50 application fee
  2. Complete the Personal Information & Academic History sections of the online application
  3. Under the Academic History section, submit official transcripts from each institution of higher education in which you have enrolled since graduation from high school, regardless of whether a degree was earned.
  4. Under the Academic History section, submit your official GRE score report - These scores cannot be more than 5-years-old. The general GRE test is required for regular admission. The subject test in Psychology, although optional, is recommended, especially if you believe that your general GRE test scores do not accurately reflect your true ability.
  5. Under the Supporting Information section, request three letters of recommendation from professional and/or academic references.
  6. Under the Program Materials, click on the program's name again, and then click on the Documents tab and submit your personal statement  and resume
  7. Statement of interest/purpose should describe:your reason(s) for applying to our program as compared to others that may be available to you
    7.1. Any special credentials that make you a particularly good applicant for our program?
    7.2 What research or clinical practice area might you want to focus your learning?
    7.3 Which faculty member(s) would you like to study and conduct research under (major professor)?
  8. The GRE subject test in psychology is optional and is not necessary for an application to be reviewed.  

Also in the Program Materials section, click on the Questions tab and answer all of the program-specific questions you find there.

Additional required international student documentation. Contact Admissions for details - 460-6141

Financial Aid

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships for both the masters and doctoral programs are available on a competitive basis. Graduate Assistantship application forms are available on the web or from the Department of Psychology Office,

UCOM 1000
75 South University Blvd.
University of South Alabama
Mobile, AL 36688-0002
Phone: (251) 460-6371

Assistantship application forms should be sent to the Office of Admissions. The deadline for receipt of completed applications for Assistantships is December 15 for the doctoral program. No assistantship application is required for the master's program, although candidates should express their interest in writing to the Graduate Coordinator during the interview process. 

Information concerning other forms of financial aid such as student loans and work-study programs is available from the Office of financial aid (251) 460-6231.