Admission to graduate study in psychology, with full graduate standing in the School of Psychology, requires foremost a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in psychology or a related field (e.g., computer science, biology, linguistics, mathematics). The psychology faculty encourages competent students with undergraduate majors in subjects other than psychology to apply for admission. The School may require that such students take some courses that satisfy undergraduate psychology prerequisites for full graduate standing. Supplementary education in areas such as biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, foreign languages, and particularly mathematics is also advised.
Required admission materials
- Three letters of recommendation from persons most familiar with the applicant’s academic competence
- For international students, proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL scores)
Highly-encouraged admission materials
- GRE (Graduate Record Examination) general test scores
Admission to the School of Psychology is based upon recommendations from the major program areas (Cognition and Brain Science, Cognitive Aging, Engineering Psychology, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and Quantitative Psychology) within the School. Students are evaluated as to their overall preparation to meet the demands of the curriculum within the School, the fit of their interests to the particular program of study to which they have applied, and the match of their research interests with the research focus of the faculty.
Because of the multiple criteria used to determine admission, there are no firm “cutoff” scores that would preclude an applicant’s acceptance into a given program of study.
Applicants with special skills, history of research experience, or a unique fit to the program are given full consideration even if their GPA falls below that guideline.