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Animal Behavior & Conservation - MA

Program Overview:

Degree Offered: MA (36 credits)
Fall Application Deadline: April 1
Spring Application Deadline: Not Applicable
Graduate Advisor: Prof. Diana Reiss
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Applicants who have completed all or part of their university studies in a non-US institution and/or require student visas must submit their applications no later than February 1  to be considered for Fall admission.

Admission Requirements:

You must meet the following minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission.  Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from Hunter College - College & University Transcripts
  • Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Generally a minimum of 12 credits of undergraduate courses in psychology, including one course in statistics and one laboratory course in experimental psychology; however students who have a high undergraduate grade point average and high GRE scores but lack full psychology background may apply for admission. Such students may be required to take preparatory statistics and experimental courses.
  • Two letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional sources.
  • Applicants should submit a personal statement of approximately two (2) double spaced pages in which they do ALL of the following:
  • -Describe their research experience, if any

    -Discus their research and intellectual interests and potential research questions they might pursue in the MA program

    -Indicate which faculty member(s) they might want to work with and explain why

    -Discuss how their academic and/or professional background has prepared them to do well in the MA program

    -Address any weakness in their application (e.g., poor grades, lack of research experience)

  • GRE's are not required for this program.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English and who have taken all or part of their undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language are required to submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The following minimum scores must be obtained:
      • TOEFL iBT: 80/ Paper Based Test: 550/ Computer Administered Test: 213
      • IELTS: 6.5 Overall Band Score

Additional Information:

For additional program information, visit the Psychology Department website.

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 10AM - 5PM

Friday 10AM - 3PM

*On 11/22, 12/13, 12/26, 12/27 and 12/28 all offices will close at 3:00PM

**Our office is currently assisting students and prospective applicants at the Welcome Center, Rm 100 North Building (located on the first floor-main Hunter College campus)

Please direct all inquiries via:

Telephone: (212) 396-6049


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