As the science concerned with the study of behavior, Psychological & Brain Sciences includes such areas as learning and memory, motivation, sensory processes and perception, biological bases of behavior, social interactions, aging and development, personality, and clinical and affective psychology.
Undergraduate study in Psychological & Brain Sciences provides a sound basis for professional graduate training on the master’s or PhD level in Psychological & Brain Sciences. The Psychological & Brain Sciences major may also provide important intellectual tools for those considering careers in management, law, education, social work, public relations, and health-related professions.
The WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies programs in psychology are allied with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in Arts and Sciences at Washington University. Courses are normally scheduled one evening a week for two and a half hours. Most courses are three units.
6 Units Of Transferable College-level Course Work
- At least six units of transferable college-level course work; or
- at least six units of course work taken at CAPS and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).
2.7 Minimum GPA
Note: CAPS is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office: admissions.wustl.edu.
Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.
Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:
- Summer 2023: April 30, 2023
- Fall 2023: July 31, 2023
- Spring 2024: Dec. 31, 2023
Completed Application Form
The online application is available on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.
Official (issued directly from the college or WashU) or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than six units of transferable credit or CAPS course work, then proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to the WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to email@example.com. For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form.
Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to WashU School of Continuing & Professional Studies? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?
TOEFL/IELTS Scores (if applicable)
All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:
- Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
- Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.
This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.
If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission.
Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)
Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, contact the CAPS Admissions, and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions.
Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the CAPS International Student Information webpage.
US Citizenship or Eligible Noncitizen
International students interested in undergraduate programs must hold a visa that permits part-time study (including F-2 and J-2 visas). Students holding F-1 visas are not eligible for these programs. Students holding a B-2 visa may be eligible if the coursework is recreational or avocational in nature.
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At CAPS, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know CAPS, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.
All CAPS undergraduate students must satisfy the same general-education requirements. Students majoring in Psychological and Brain Sciences at CAPS must also complete a minimum of 33 units in psychology, including the following:
INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY COURSES
- Introduction to Psychology (U09 100)
- Introductory Psychological Statistics (U09 300)
- Research Methods (U09 3015)
PSYCHOLOGY AREA COURSES
Five upper-level (300–400) psychology courses as indicated below:
Group A – Social/Personality (at least one course):
- Introduction to Social Psychology (U09 315)
- Psychology of Personality (U09 353)
- Cross-Cultural Psychology (U09 381)
Group B – Clinical/Affective (at least one course):
- Abnormal Child Psychology (U09 3195)
- Perspectives on Counseling (U09 330)
- Introduction to Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology (U09 368)
- Addiction and Treatment (U09 488)
Group C – Biological/Neurological (at least one course):
- Biological Psychology (U09 3401)
- Cognitive Neuroscience (U09 3604)
Group D – Behavior/Cognition (at least one course):
- Cognitive Psychology (U09 359)
- Learning and Memory (U09 365)
Group E – Lifespan Development (at least one course):
- Social Gerontology (U09 308)
- Developmental Psychology (U09 322)
- Psychology of Adolescence (U09 325)
- Psychology of Aging (U09 3261)
To complete the psychology major, students must complete 3 additional electives in psychology at the 300-400 level. A maximum of three units of independent study may apply to the major. Learn more about independent study and internships in Psychology.
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