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Admissions FAQs

Is there an application deadline?

Masters Applicants:  There is no deadline and applications are accepted until the program, which starts each fall, is filled. However, space is limited so early applications are encouraged.

PsyD Applicants: The priority deadline for Fall applications is February 15th. All documents must be submitted for the application to be reviewed.

The admissions cycle begins September 1st for the next academic year.

Are background checks required for admission?

A background check is required for applicants/current students that have been convicted of a felony and/or misdemeanor violent in nature and/or involving children/minors. Having a felony or misdemeanor conviction does not automatically exclude admission to the academic program(s).

Can I schedule an individual visit?

Yes. We offer individual campus tours and appointments Monday – Friday. Email [email protected] or call 248.476.1122, ext. 117. Arrangements can also be made for you to speak with a current student, faculty member or alumni.

How safe is MSP?

MSP safety statistics can be found here. MSP is dedicated to providing a safe and comfortable environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. The importance of campus safety is reviewed annually at orientation and an annual report is emailed each fall. A paper copy of the report is available upon request.

Are graduate programs offered online?

No, the programs are on-site only.

Can I get my bachelor’s degree at MSP?

No, MSP is solely a graduate institution.

Do you need a degree in psychology to apply?

You must have, or be completing a bachelor’s degree to apply to the MA program. If your major is not psychology, social work or counseling you may still be considered for admission upon completion of required prerequisite coursework with a B or better. These courses are Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology and Developmental Psychology from an accredited college of your choice. For the PsyD program, a master’s degree in psychology, social work or counseling is required. The ABA Certificate is a post-master’s program; you must have a graduate degree in psychology, education or behavior analysis.

Are your programs accredited?


Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

MSP is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, http://www.hlcommision.org, 800.621.7440

American Psychological Association

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association , 750 1st Street NE, Washington DC 2002, www.apa.ord/ed/accreditation, 202.336.5979

Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®)Logo for Behavior Analyst Certification Board BACB VCS

The Applied Behavior Analysis courses are designated by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board (BACB®) as a verified course sequence, and the BACB approves MSP’s ABA coursework sequence as meeting the academic requirements for students intending to sit for examination to become Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). 


Is the GRE required?

The GRE general test is required for admission to the PsyD program. The GRE must have been taken within five years of your intended start term at MSP. The MSP school code is 1413.

Where can I find the admission requirements?

Admission criteria for all degree and certificate programs can be found here

Do I have to send all of my admissions documents together?

No, you can send in documents individually. However, applications will only be reviewed upon receipt of all required documents.

Is housing provided?

MSP does not offer housing. There are a variety of housing options in the surrounding communities.

Can I apply to MSP while still completing my bachelor’s or master’s degree?

Yes, however acceptance to the program would be conditional upon degree completion. No exceptions are made. For full admission a final, official transcript indicating completion of the degree must be submitted directly to MSP prior to August 15th of the entering year.

Where do I find information about tuition costs?

Tuition and fee information can be found in the Office of the Registrar section of the website and cost of attendance for financial aid purposes is found under the Financial Aid section of the website.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, MSP participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.  MSP’s school code is G21989. See Financial Aid for more information.

For more information contact:

Office of Admissions
248-476-1122, ext 117
[email protected]