Graduate Student Programs

Welcome to the Graduate Psychology Programs at West Chester University. The Department offers the M.S. in Psychology program in two separate areas of concentration: General Psychology or Industrial/Organizational. Psychology's newest offerings are our Clinical PsyD and Certificate in Industrial/Organizational programs.

The Department has a rich mixture of faculty with both theoretical and applied research interests. Early in your program you should talk with a variety of faculty to learn their research interests, particularly if you plan to conduct a thesis or pursue doctoral work. Many faculty welcome graduate students as research collaborators.

Unfortunately, only a limited number of research assistantships are available, so the Department cannot financially support all students who are interested in conducting research. However, research experience of any kind (e.g., volunteer, thesis work) at West Chester will teach you more about your field of study and it will constitute a valuable component of your application credentials for more advanced study. West Chester M.S. recipients have pursued doctoral work at many fine universities, including: Yale, Penn State, The New School for Social Research, Virginia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Temple, University of Delaware, Western Michigan University, Widener University, Kent State University, Bowling Green (Ohio), Immaculata College, Bryn Mawr, C.U.N.Y., Louisiana State University, Washington State University, Ohio University, University of Virginia, Pepperdine University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Chestnut Hill College. In addition, Department alumni are employed in numerous area agencies, businesses, hospitals, industries, and universities.


Students will be assigned an academic advisor in their program of study when they are admitted. The advisor's name will appear on the letter of admission. Students should consult their advisor about course selection, program progress, internship possibilities and other issues related to their area of study. Students are permitted to change advisors at any point in their program, with the permission of the Graduate Coordinator.

The faculty of the Department of Psychology wish you a productive career at West Chester University. Do not hesitate to contact your advisor, the Graduate Coordinator, or the Department Chair if you have any questions about the Department.

Employer Reimbursement Plan

This plan allows participants to defer their tuition payments until the completion of the semester, with no finance or interest charges.  West Chester University's Employer Reimbursement Plan is designed for students whose employers offer reimbursement for tuition charges, upon completion of the semester. Click for more information.