The Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program is designed for those who want to pursue careers providing mental health services to children and youth.
Minimum Admission Requirements
- Bachelor's degree (preferably in a social science, science or health science discipline) from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or its equivalent from a foreign institution.
- A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last graded 60 semester credits or 90 graded quarter credits
- Demonstrated English language proficiency for applicants whose native language is not English
- Experience working with children
- Sucessful completion of a criminal background check
Previous coursework in child development is also desired.
Required Application Materials
Please note that GRE test results are not required.
- UW Graduate School online application and fee
- Unofficial transcripts from every college or university where you earned a degree
- Goal statement
- Three letters of recommendation
- Proof of English language proficiency if English is not your native language
Step One: Prepare to Apply
Get transcripts from each college or university where you earned a degree. Download unofficial transcripts or scan printed copies.
Update your resume.
Write a goal statement. In a two- to three-page, double-spaced statement, describe your educational and career goals. Why do you think this master’s program is right for you? What relevant work experiences and/or experiences with children and families have you had?
Identify people who are willing to write letters of recommendation for you. Three letters of recommendation are needed to apply. Recommendations should come from recent professional or academic references (within the last three years). You should choose references who can judge your capacity to thrive in the child and adolescent psychology field. Be sure to have their email addresses, which are required for the Graduate School application.
Step Two: Apply Online
Start your online application to the UW Graduate School.
Select the degree program name.
Upload all required documents.
Designate the people who have agreed to write letters of recommendation for you. Each of these people will be sent an email directing them to a secure website where they will submit their letters.
Pay the nonrefundable application fee and submit your application.
Interview with program faculty. Applications will be reviewed by the instructional leadership team, who may schedule applicants for a telephone or in-person interview.
International students must have a visa status that allows for academic study at the University of Washington. At this time, we are unable to accept applications from students who require F-1 or J-1 visa status, but you are welcome to apply if you are in the United States on a different kind of visa.
Single Course Enrollment
Interested in taking one or more courses in the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology program? Perhaps you’d like to sample the program before applying, or you want to take courses for professional development. If space allows, these courses are open for single course enrollment:
To take one of these courses, you must have graduate nonmatriculated (GNM) or nonmatriculated (NM) status. GNM status allows post-bachelor’s degree students to take graduate courses at the UW and to apply up to 12 credits toward degree requirements should they later be accepted into a UW graduate program. NM status is for those who want to take graduate courses but have no intention of later applying those credits to a graduate degree.
To pursue GNM or NM status, follow the steps below. Make sure to start this process early; applications for GNM status must be submitted 20 business days before the first class session.
First, thoroughly review UW’s information on GNM status and NM status. They are associated with different policies and processes.
Second, email the program specialist Kevin Skiena (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following:
- The name of the class you want to take
- Whether you want to pursue GNM or NM status; If GNM status, indicate whether you intend to apply to the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology program in the next two years
- Your resume or CV
- An unofficial transcript of your undergraduate degree and/or most recently completed graduate program
- A short paragraph (no more than half a page) on why you wish to take the class
Third, if the program specialist lets you know that you are eligible to take the class, then:
- GNM applicants: Apply online to the Graduate School. You must specify the quarter you are applying for and pay an application fee.
- NM applicants: The program specialist will direct you to the NM registration and registration approval forms. You'll need to fill out these forms and return them to the program specialist for department signatures. After securing the signatures, the program specialist will send you the completed forms, which you should submit with your payment to UW Non-Degree Registration Services.