oa Journal of Psychology in Africa - Procedures and criteria in the selection of postgraduate psychology students in South Africa

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1433-0237



It cannot be denied that the procedures followed and criteria used in the selection of postgraduate psychology students are controversial. Not only does this have a traumatic effect on non-selected students, but legal action has even resulted from alleged inequitable selection practices. In the current study more than I 000 questionnaires were sent to academic psychologists, non-academic psychologists and students in the professional master's degree course to determine their views on the current selection procedures and criteria. The return rate was 40,8 percent (424). The research results clearly indicate that there is an urgent need to attend to problems regarding selection procedures and criteria at university as well as national level. Recommendations in this regard are made.

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