Admission Requirements

Entrance and Curriculum Requirements for B.A./M.A. Program:

Current FDU undergraduate students must have completed 12 credits in psychology (with a grade of B or higher in statistics) prior to applying to the BA/MA program. In order to be eligible for the BA/MA program, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and minimum psychology GPA of 3.5.

Undergraduate transfer students, including those from junior colleges, must also have completed 12 credits in psychology (with a grade of B or higher in statistics) with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.   

Students applying to the BA/MA program directly from high school must have a high school cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

All interested students must apply prior to registering for the first semester of their Junior year of college.

Please note: If accepted as candidates for the BA/MA program, students will be on “probationary” status during their Junior year of college. Students receiving a grade of B or higher in all graduate classes as a Junior, while maintaining a 3.5 GPA, will be formally accepted into the BA/MA program at the beginning of their Senior year. This applies to both undergraduate and high school applicants. High School applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.5 during the first two years of undergraduate coursework, apply prior to the start of Junior year of college, and be on “probationary” status until their Senior year.

In other words, accepted applicants will be offered conditional acceptance to the BA/MA program. In such cases, final acceptance will not be made until students have completed their junior year, and demonstrated that they are ready for graduate-level coursework. Full acceptance is therefore contingent upon student performance in the graduate-level courses taken during junior year. At that time, students will be required to submit an updated FDU transcript. Final acceptance is required for continuing on to Year 5 of the program.

Admission decisions are based on a review of the following:
  • An official academic transcript    
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a professor (or teacher, for high school applicants)
  • A personal statement conveying succinctly the student’s reasons for pursuing an MA in Forensic Psychology
How to Apply:

In order to apply, please submit your application materials to the Psychology Department at FDU. Here is the address (below - please note the mailstop). If you have concerns about whether your application materials have been received, please contact Dr. Prentky at directlyto see if they have received your file.

ATTN: Robert Prentky
BA/MA Program in Forensic Psychology
School of Psychology, Williams Hall (T-WH1-01)
Fairleigh Dickinson University, Metropolitan Campus
1000 River Rd.
Teaneck, New Jersey 07666
(201) 692-2649