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 (minimum TOEFL iBT score of 92 required from a test taken within the past two years)
- Experience working with children
- Successful 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
- Statement of purpose
- 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 statement of purpose. In an essay of 2–3 pages (about 650–1,000 words, using 1-inch margins, 12-point font, and double spacing), 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.
International applicants must meet all admission requirements for the program. Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency, including a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 92. The UW Graduate School’s Memo 8 describes several ways to do this. Test scores must be sent directly to the UW by the Educational Testing Service using institution code 4854. Only scores less than two years old will be accepted.
Single Course Enrollment
If you want to sample a course before enrolling in the degree program, or if you need credits for professional development, you can apply to take select courses on an individual basis. See the Single Course Enrollment page for more details.