The application deadline is November 15 for the Clinical-Community area and December 1st for all other program areas. We must receive all materials prior to the deadline to guarantee all materials will be reviewed.
No, we only accept applications once per year, to begin in the following fall semester.
Please visit our Admissions Information page for details about application requirements. Essentially, our criteria for admission include reporting your undergraduate grade-point average (3.0 GPA is the required minimum on a 4.0 scale), quality of recommendations contained in 3 required letters of reference, your background in mathematics and research, your academic and personal statements, submission of your CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts from your program of undergraduate studies (and any other institution from which you received a degree). Some areas consider test scores on the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs). You should also note your performance in special parts of those programs; such as your success in particularly demanding courses, independent work, projects, papers, posters, etc.
The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required by some program areas. To ease the financial burden of applying for graduate education, we will accept your unofficial GRE scores in your initial application. The Subject test is not required. There is no minimum score requirement. Our Institution Code is 1836 (Department code is 2016, but is not necessary).
- Attention & Perception: Required – exceptions will be considered under certain extenuating circumstances
- Behavioral Neuroscience: Optional
- Clinical-Community: Optional - scores will be considered if submitted
- Cognitive Neuroscience: Optional
- Cognitive: Required
- Developmental: Optional
- Industrial-Organizational: Required
- Quantitative: Required
- Social-Personality: Optional - scores will be considered if submitted
Of those admitted in recent years, the average GPA was 3.77, the average GRE Verbal score was 161 and average GRE Quantitative score was 161.
Examination scores are valid for up to 5 years. Applicants with expired scores must retake the exam if the area requires.
You are asked to submit up to 4 personal statements in the form of short essay questions. The instructions for statements are below. (250 words max for each)
- Please describe any experiences and/or challenges that may have shaped your intellectual and personal development. (required)
- Provide insight into your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect in which scholars with diverse perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and collaborate productively and positively. (required)
- Please address any concerns you may have in your application. If, for example, you do not believe that your academic credentials demonstrate your true capabilities, please explain why. Also, describe any gaps in your academic career and work experience or any extenuating circumstances in your profile of which the admissions committee should be made aware. (optional)
- If there is something that you would like to highlight that you have yet to discuss in other areas of the application, please do so here. (optional)
Your academic statement should answer the following questions (1,000 words max):
- How has your academic background, including any training, research, or other educational experiences, prepared you for graduate study?
- What are your intellectual interests, and what scholarly questions are you interested in exploring in graduate study?
- Are there any specific faculty members whose research interests align with your own with whom you would like to work?
- How will our program help you achieve your academic and professional goals?
Applicants to our psychology programs are NOT responsible for any program-specific questions/essays or writing samples. However, if you feel strongly about attaching writing samples to your application, you may do so at your discretion.
Students of high ability transferring to psychology from other disciplines may be accepted even though they lack a background in psychology. We recommend approximately 15 hours of previous coursework in psychology (including a lab-based course) and a previous statistics course, though these experiences are not required in order to apply.
No. Applicants must have earned at least a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college in the United States or a comparable degree from a recognized institution of higher learning abroad. Students finishing their bachelor's degree program are eligible to apply as long as the degree will be awarded before studies in the graduate program begin.
Yes. International students should check the bachelor’s degree equivalents from their countries. Please note: our Graduate College Office does NOT accept outside WES evaluations of undergraduate transcripts.
Furthermore, as long as you plan to graduate (and complete your 4th year) in the spring or summer prior to the fall semester for which you hope to be admitted to our program, you may apply now and submit your in-process transcripts along with your other application materials. For example, if you plan to graduate with your bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2023, you may apply for the fall of 2023 by submitting your current, incomplete transcripts now. If admitted, we will ask for the official, complete transcripts as soon as they become available to you.
In cases where a direct conversion to our scale is not available, we will have the transcript analyzed by our admissions unit for determination of bachelor’s degree equivalency and admission eligibility.
All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of an English language proficiency test. The university will accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to determine admission eligibility.
- The minimum total iBT score for admission (including all four sections): 79
- The minimum total iBT score for exemption from the English as a Second Language Placement Test (EPT) for admission (including all four sections): 103
The minimum IELTS (academic test) score used to determine admission eligibility:
- Minimum total score for admission: 6.5, including a minimum subscore of 6 on all four modules. Students receiving scores below 7 will be required to take the EPT for placement in English as Second Language courses.
The University of Illinois is required by state law and university policy to give teaching appointments only to international graduate students who have passed an English language proficiency test. Applicants have the following options to satisfy this requirement:
- Minimum score of 24 on the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT
- Minimum score of 8 on the speaking section of the IELTS
- Continuation of minimum TSE score of 50 or a minimum SPEAK score of 50
It is very beneficial to establish teaching eligibility prior to admission. As we offer a support guarantee, this becomes important if no research funding is available in the first semester. Exemptions to the Oral English Proficiency Requirements for Teaching Assistants are rarely approved.
Yes. Even with the financial support offered by the department, it has been determined insufficient to cover what is needed per INS regulations. At current rates, the department support guarantee is approximately $1,500 short of the funds required to issue visa documents. International applicants are, therefore, required to provide evidence of financial resources before an offer of admission can be made.
We make every effort to get the decision to the applicant as soon as possible, but due to variability of review times, we cannot guarantee a specific time. You will be notified of the decision regarding your application via e-mail as soon as we are given the final decisions from the admissions committee.
We do not provide campus tours for prospective graduate students. However, some program areas invite students to visit during interviews. Others admit students first and then invite students for a recruitment weekend. If you would like to take a virtual or photo tour of the campus right now, you may visit the campus tours website.
Our graduate programs do not offer online or distant learning courses.
Our programs and funding package are structured for students to complete in up to 6 years. However, there is fluctuation in the time to completion, commonly related to research progression. Also, students in the Clinical/Community program area typically complete in 6-8 years, as there is a 1-year internship requirement for those doctoral candidates.
We may use supplemental information from your application file: transcripts, recommendation letters, etc. However, you must complete a new application and submit another application processing fee. International students must also provide new financial certification documentation (when asked).
A maximum of 12 semester hours of course work completed outside the University of Illinois may be transferred and used toward a graduate degree in our program. Course work must be at the graduate level, and cannot have been used toward another degree or certificate program. Also, a student must have successfully completed at least 8 semester hours of graded, graduate course work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before submitting a request for transfer of credit.
We will accept materials after the deadline (i.e. letters of recommendation are submitted by the recommenders, and are not within the power of the applicant to submit by the deadline; you are encouraged to request them early to ensure timely submission). However, if the committee reviews your application before all materials are received, we cannot guarantee those late materials will be reviewed.
Yes. In fact, you are NOT required (or encouraged) to submit the funding documentation at the time of application. When needed, we will request the forms and allow plenty of time for submission.