Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

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MA in Clinical PsychologyFall 2017 (Oct)

• Early Action Deadline: April 1, 2017
• Final Deadline: July 15, 2017

AUSB practices rolling admission. Complete applications are reviewed on an on-going basis and admission decisions are provided promptly.  The Early Action Deadline guarantees priority consideration for specific financial aid programs and scholarships, as well as the earliest decision notification.

Please note that the optional concentration in Latino Mental Health starts in the Fall Quarter only. The Core MFT Program and Healthy Aging concentration start in both Winter and Fall Quarters.

International applicants are encouraged to apply by the Early Action Deadline. 

Admission Criteria:

  • Online Application on VIP page
  • $50 application fee or fee waiver
  • Official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Admission essays

Please complete all three essays and use the following format guidelines: 12-point font, double-spaced, 1″ margins, top right header: first and last name, program, essay number, page number.

Write an autobiographical essay describing how your life history has contributed to the development of the person you are today and to your decision to pursue graduate education and training in clinical psychology. Relevant areas to discuss are: family background, interpersonal relationships, volunteer work, multicultural experiences, previous academic studies and employment. Please limit your response to five, double-spaced pages. Essays over the limit will not be reviewed.

Imagine that you are working with a family that is considering divorce. The parents are concerned about the impact on their two children, a boy who is five and a girl who is nine. The couple wants to discuss whether it would be better for the children if they remained in the marriage until the children are grown, or whether an immediate divorce would be less problematic for the children. How would you address the family’s question? We are not interested in how you would treat this family, but rather your critical analysis of the situation and the issues you would consider. Be sure to articulate your position and substantiate your point of view. Please do not exceed 1,000 words in your essay.

Briefly discuss your professional goals and what you would like to learn in an MA Psychology program.

Phase One
An application will be reviewed once the following are received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Online admission application (including application fee or fee waiver)
  • Unofficial or official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university
  • All admission essays
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Phase Two
Upon recommendation from the Admissions Committee an applicant is scheduled for a group interview. The group interview lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and includes members of the Admissions Committee and between 3 and 6 applicants.  An individual interview is offered to applicants that reside out of state.

Phase Three
Upon successful completion of the interview and recommendation from the Admissions Committee, the applicant is notified via email (only) of an offer of admission.

The program does not require that applicants submit G.R.E. scores

Antioch University Santa Barbara particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences.