The Catholic University of America


How to Apply to the Human Factors M.A. Program


We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, materials can be submitted by mail.

> Online Application for Graduate Admission

Download an Application Packet

> Mail:
Office of Graduate Admissions
013 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
Washington, DC 20064


Your application to the Human Factors M.A. program should include the following:

  1. Transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. Note: Either unofficial transcripts or official transcripts can be submitted for application review. Official transcripts will be required prior to enrollment if accepted.
  2.  Statement of purpose: This is sometimes known as a “Personal Statement.” It’s an approximately two-page (double-spaced; one page if single-spaced) statement about your qualifications for the program, including information on your research experience, your areas of particular interest within applied experimental psychology, your goals after obtaining your doctorate, and any other important information you would like for us to know about you.

  3. Curriculum Vitae or resume. Note: If submitting online, upload in the Employment Information section.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, along with the Recommendation Rating Form, from individuals who know you well and are able to describe your academic and/or research performance. If you have professional experience, one of the letters could be about your job performance. Note: If you submit your application online, online completion of the recommendation forms and uploaded letters are required. If submitting via mail, give a paper copy of the Recommendation Rating Form to each referee. The paper form can be downloaded here.
  5. Report of GRE General Test scores. The Subject Test in Psychology is not required. GRE scores must be sent directly the CUA Office of Graduate Admissions from the testing service and cannot be attached to the online application. CUA's test code for the GRE and TOEFL is 5104. 

Please contact the program director, Dr. Deborah Clawson with questions (clawson at cua dot edu).