The deadline for complete applications for Fall 2019 was Friday, November 30, 2018. We are no longer taking applications for Fall 2019. The deadline date for Fall 2020 applications is November 29, 2019. Please check this website regularly for possible changes to Fall 2020 requirements.
Admissions Requirements for Fall 2020
Note: Complete applications are reviewed first. A complete application includes all art and psychology pre-requisites documented on transcripts, a Bachelor's degree and gpa documented on a transcript, prerequisite checklist form, test score, autobiography, portfolio with thumbnail list and statement, letters of recommendation, and online video interview. (See below for details.)
Requirements at a Glance
For more information and detailed submission instructions, click each requirement.
Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA
Two (2) letters of recommendation
Art portfolio and Statement
Prerequisites in Art
A minimum of eighteen (18) semester hour credits (or twenty-seven  quarter-hour credits) of study in studio art which demonstrates proficiency and disciplined commitment in art making. It is imperative that the applicant evidence a range of experience using a variety of art materials and processes. The art prerequisites are not named, but they must be studio art courses that involve art-making and have course prefixes that indicate they are art-making courses. Art history, art appreciation and any other non-art-making courses are not considered studio art and will not be counted as a prerequisite. Two official transcripts documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is email@example.com.)
Prerequisites in Psychology
A minimum of twelve (12) semester hour credits (or eighteen  quarter-hour credits) of study in psychology, which must include developmental psychology (child, adolescent, or lifespan) and abnormal psychology. Please send a course description for review if the prefix of the psychology course does not start with PSYCH, PSYC, PSY. Two official transcripts documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Bachelor's Degree and Grade Point Average
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is required. Priority review is given to applications with complete a bachelor's degree posted prior to applying to the program. An official transcript documenting this must be sent to Graduate Admissions. (Electronic transcript must be emailed to Graduate Admissions, not the department. The email address to use for electronic transcripts is email@example.com.) A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on an official transcript is required. The admissions committee will consider other criteria, such as work/volunteer experience, test scores, letters of recommendation, etc., to assess applicants.
We require a score of 158 on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a satisfactory score of 396 on the Miller Analogies Test. We recommend all applicants take one of these exams prior to applying to ensure a complete application. Official test scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions.
Letters of Recommendation
Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. Letters should focus on relevant professional, volunteer and/or mental health experience. When filling out the online application, you will need to provide the names and email addresses of your recommenders. The recommenders will then receive an automated email prompting them with instructions on how to submit an electronic letter on your behalf. To ensure that your letters of recommendation are received by the deadline, please initiate this process early enough to allow your recommenders to submit the letters on time. We are not able to accept hard paper letters.
Ten to twelve page (double space, 10-12 font, 1 inch margin) autobiography with emphasis on personal life experiences, psycho-social content, and pivotal points that led you to apply to the program. Instructions for submission through the Graduate Admissions application coming soon.
Portfolio and Statement
A portfolio of art work is required which should include a variety of media in no more than 10 images. Choose one of the art pieces you submitted and write a statement discussing the meaning and psychological content (approx. 300 words). Instructions for submission through the Graduate Admissions application coming soon.
You will be required to list all prerequisite courses as they appear on your transcripts through the Graduate Admissions application. Instructions for submission coming soon.
You will be required to record an online video through the Graduate Admissions application. Instructions for submission coming soon..
Candidates who advance to an in-person interview are required to attend a group interview on February 8 or 9, 2020. The group interviews are on the LMU campus in Los Angeles. Please mark your calendars for this possibility.
For additional information, please read our page of Frequently Asked Questions.
Transcripts and test scores must be sent to Graduate Admissions:
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive, VDA 235
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659