MSPS Application Requirements


We appreciate your interest in the Department of Psychology's Master of Science in Psychological Science program and welcome your application for admission.  Our deadline for Fall 2023 application is February 6, 2023.

University of Illinois Graduate College Application

Before completing the Graduate College Application, please verify that the minimum requirements are satisfied.  As part of the application, you will upload or input the components described below.  

Academic Statement of Purpose

Your Academic Statement of Purpose should not exceed 750 words and address the following questions:

  1. How has your academic background, including any training, research, or other academic experiences, prepared you for graduate study?
  2. What are your intellectual interests and what scholarly questions are you interested in exploring in graduate study?
  3. Are there any specific faculty members whose research interests align with your own that you would like to work with?
  4. How will our program help you achieve your intellectual and professional goals?

Personal Statement

The Personal Statement should describe how your personal background and experiences influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Provide insight on your potential to contribute to a community of inclusion, belonging, and respect in which scholars with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn and collaborate productively and positively together.  It should not exceed 250 words. 

Academic History

Academic History from degree granting institutions are uploaded while completing the application form.  Official transcripts are not required at the time of application. 


The CV/Resume is your opportunity to highlight your accomplishments including relevant research experience, publications, awards, volunteer work, skills, and evidence to diversity and inclusion. 

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters are required.  In your online application, you will need to provide the following information about each recommender: name, address, title, organization, relationship to you (professor, employer, etc), and email address. You can submit additional references, but we ask that you do not exceed 5 letters.

GRE Scores

The General Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.  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 recommended, but not required.  We do not have a requirement for minimum scores.  Our Institution Code is 1836 (Department code is 2016, but is not necessary).

Application Fee

Domestic applicants will be required to submit a $70 application fee. International applicants will be required to submit a $90 application fee. If you are a University of Illinois employee (Academic Professional, Civil Service, or Faculty), or a fee waiver recipient (I-Promise Scholar, McNair Scholar, Project 1000 Applicant, Big Ten Academic Alliance Applicant, or SROP Participant), you may select your eligibility for an application fee waiver in the online application.


Additional Requirements for International Applicants:

Additional Degree Information

International applicants must meet minimum requirements based on their country of origin.

Evidence of English Proficiency

English proficiency is typically demonstrated via the TOEFL exam or IELTS. 

Funding Documentation

International applicants who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are required to submit Proof of Funding Documentation.  These documents are not required at the time of application, but will be requested later in the review process if needed. 



Deadline: February 6, 2023

If you have questions, please contact us at or (217) 333-2169. 

Note: If your contact information changes after applying, please notify us immediately.

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