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BS In Psychology

Admissions Standards

  • Freshmen Requirements
    Four years of English
    Two years of Mathematics
  • Desirable Electives
    Additional Mathematics
    Social Science
  • Additional Requirements
    SAT score of 1100, with English at least 500 and mathematics at least 500
    Ranking in the two top quintiles of your high school class

Transfer Requirements  

  • Internal Transfer
    A main objective of this program is to retain students at RIT. We expect that transfers from within RIT will originate among students who are uncertain about their career choice or students in other programs, who find themselves unsuited for aspects of those programs and who are considering a career change.

The first two years of the program are devoted primarily to required liberal arts, science and mathematics education, so many RIT students would have much of the mandatory work completed and could transfer into the psychology program with minimum loss of time. The large proportion of institute electives also facilitates the transition.

  • Two Year College Program Graduates
    It is desirable to be a Liberal Arts major with an emphasis on Natural or Social Sciences and a minimum GPA of 2.5.

For more information relating to the admissions process please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website at

MS Experimental Psychology

Admission Criteria

Applicants to this program are expected to have 15 semester hours of course work in undergraduate psychology or related fields (e.g., engineering, computer science, information technology), including one course in experimental psychology and another in statistics.

Admissions will be based on:

  1. a minimum GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work,
  2. Graduate Record Examination scores (taken within the last five years),
  3. at least two letters of reference from professors or supervisors,
  4. a biographical statement describing the applicant's experience and goals regarding the program,
  5. a completed application for graduate admission to RIT.

For more information relating to the admissions process please visit the Graduate Admissions website at  

MS School Psychology

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of the baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Completion of at least 18 semester hours in behavioral sciences with a grade of B or above
  • Completion of the prerequisite courses (see below)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores
  • Evidence of professional commitment and potential for developing effective relationships with children, youth, and adults:
    • Letters of reference
    • Student essay about goals, related experience, and future plans
  • Individual interview (waived in exceptional circumstances)

Prerequisite Courses

  • General Psychology
  • Child/Adolescent or Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Minimum of 18 semester hours in Behavioral Sciences  

For more information relating to the admissions process please visit the Graduate Admissions website at