Candidates for this dual-degree program must meet the admissions requirements and follow the application procedures of both the community psychology (COR) concentration and the School of Public Health (SPH). Admission into one degree-granting program does not guarantee admission to the other. When applying to the dual-degree program, applicants should indicate “COR” in the application materials, then indicate they are also applying for the dual M.P.H.-Ph.D. program and they wish to be considered for the MPH concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior or Epidemiology. Application materials will be forwarded for review by the admissions committee at the School of Public Health.
Applicants are encouraged to indicate on their application at least one faculty member in Psychology and one faculty member in the School of Public Health (SPH) that they are interested in working with during their training. Students in this program will be dually enrolled in SPH and Psychology until conferment of the MPH, then will be enrolled in Psychology for the remainder of their training. The expected role for the SPH faculty is to serve as an academic adviser regarding the MPH curriculum and thesis adviser (or co-adviser with a faculty member in Psychology). In some cases (for example, availability of funding), SPH faculty may also serve as research mentors or co-mentors through conferment of the Ph.D.
Applications must include:
- Statement of purpose
- Resume/curriculum vitae
- Three letters of recommendation
- Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
- The GRE is not required for the fall 2021 application cycle *
- Official TOEFL/IELTS scores (international applicants only) *
The statement of purpose should be 500-1,000 words. It should summarize your skills and experiences that are relevant to your particular area(s) of interest in graduate study in psychology. Discuss any life experiences that led you to this field of study. Address the fit between your objectives and the graduate training offered at Georgia State (including the fit with the faculty members with whom you would most like to work). Describe what you would like to be doing three to five years after you receive your Ph.D.
The resume or CV should summarize your academic, research, clinical and other relevant experiences.
Research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community Programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.
Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of four courses. Two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods are required. Two additional junior- or senior-level psychology content courses are also required. The Clinical program recommends a course in abnormal psychology or psychopathology as one of the content courses. An introductory psychology course cannot be counted as one of the four required courses.
When applying to the Clinical-Community (CLC) concentration indicate "CLC" in the application materials. Applicants are encouraged to review the Community and the Clinical program area pages for additional information.
* Institutional code 5251 should be used for reporting GRE and TOEFL scores.