General Admission Requirements

Please read through the instructions below before filling out the online application

 A completed graduate school application must be accompanied by:
 
  • Resume 
  • Personal statement 
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores  
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each institution attended 
  • Course history list​ ​​ 
  • Application fee of $40
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admission by:

  • December 1 for the Clinical Child and Clinical Community programs 
  • December 5 for the Community program 
  • January 5 for the Industrial/Organizational program 
  • February 1 for the Psychological Science program 
  • April 20 for the General Psychology program 
Resumes, personal statements and course history lists may be uploaded along with the online application. Official transcripts may also be submitted by email if the issuing institution offers this service. Please make sure that your name and program of interest on all documents.

Credentials not submitted by email should be sent to the following address:

Office of Graduate Admission
College of Science and Health
DePaul University
2400 N. Sheffield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614-2215

Application Fee

Payment

The $40.00 application fee must be paid when you submit your application, unless a waiver is requested. The fee may be paid by credit card when you submit your online application. It may also be paid by check made out to "DePaul University" and sent to the address above. Please be sure to write your name on the check.

Application Fee Waiver

To request a waiver, please submit your online application and select the “pay later” option. Once your application has been submitted, send a request to graddepaul@depaul.edu​. The Office of Graduate Admission will process the request and contact you if the fee can be waived.The same process applies to Ronald E. McNair Scholars as well.

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, please see below for the program-specific admission requirements for each graduate psychology program:

Clinical
Child
Psychology
MA/PhD

The Clinical program typically accepts six students per year -- three in the Child track, and three in the Community track. The review process is separate for each program.

Faculty carefully review all application materials and evaluate applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the December 1 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date, and interviews with a group of selected applicants will take place on campus in February. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. Please submit your scores directly through ETS. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: Students are expected to have had courses in statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, and other areas of psychology to permit advanced study in this field. The minimum requirement for admission is 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Although not required, science, computer, and math courses are viewed positively. In addition, applied and research experience will be an important consideration in the selection process.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

6. Match to the Program: As the DePaul Clinical program is more specialized than many programs, the match of a student's career goals and experiences to the program objectives is also a significant consideration in the admission evaluation process. In applying to the Child track, it is helpful to mention specific interests or experiences that coincide with faculty members in that track as part of the personal statement. The Child track evaluates applicants based on their overall fit with the track’s Clinical-Child faculty. It is not a strict mentor model, and students typically work with more than one Clinical-Child faculty member during their doctoral study. As part of the application, applicants are asked to identify three faculty members with whom they might be interested in working.

7. Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

8. Students with Disabilities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Clinical-Child Program, please visit our website.

Clinical
Community
Psychology
MA/PhD
The Clinical program typically accepts six students per year -- three in the Child track, and three in the Community track. The review process is separate for each program.

Faculty carefully review all application materials and evaluates applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the December 1 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date, and interviews with a group of selected applicants will take place on campus in February. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. Please submit your scores directly through ETS. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: Students are expected to have had courses in statistics, experimental psychology, abnormal psychology, and other areas of psychology to permit advanced study in this field. The minimum requirement for admission is 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Although not required, science, computer, and math courses are viewed positively. In addition, applied and research experience will be an important consideration in the selection process.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others

5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

6. Match to the Program: As the DePaul Clinical program is more specialized than many programs, the match of a student's career goals and experiences to the program objectives is also a significant consideration in the admission evaluation process. In applying to the Child track, it is helpful to mention specific interests or experiences that coincide with faculty members in that track as part of the personal statement. The Child track evaluates applicants based on their overall fit with the track’s Clinical-Child faculty. It is not a strict mentor model, and students typically work with more than one Clinical-Child faculty member during their doctoral study. As part of the application, applicants are asked to identify three faculty members with whom they might be interested in working.

7. Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Ethnic and Racial Minorities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

8. Students with Disabilities: Clinical faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Clinical-Community Program, please visit our website.

Community
Psychology
MA/PhD
Community faculty evaluate all application materials carefully and emphasizes the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the December 5 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date, and interviews with a group of selected applicants will take place on campus in February. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. Please submit your scores directly through ETS. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: Students are expected to have had courses in statistics, experimental psychology, and other areas of psychology to permit advanced study in this field. The minimum requirement for admission is 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Although not required, history & systems, social and community psychology, computer, and math courses are viewed positively. In addition, applied and research experience will be an important consideration in the selection process.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

6. Match to the Program: As the DePaul Community program is highly specialized, the match of a student's career goals and experiences to the program objectives is also a significant consideration in the admission evaluation process.

7. Minority Status: Community faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

8. Disabled Students: Community faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Community Program, visit our website.

Psychological
Science
MA/PhD
Psychological Science faculty review all application materials carefully and evaluates applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the February 1 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. The Psychology Subject Test is required for non-Psychology majors, and recommended for Psychology majors applying to the Psychological Science program. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area, but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: Students are expected to have had courses in statistics, experimental psychology, research methods, and other areas of psychology to permit advanced study in this field. The minimum requirement for admission is 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Science, computer, and math courses are seen as positive indices. Emphasis is placed on the applicant's personal statement regarding commitment, motivation and experience in the area of experimental psychology.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others. 5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

5. Minority Status: Psychological Science faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

6. Students with Disabilities: Psychological Science faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Psychological Science Program, please visit our website.

Industrial/
Organizational
Psychology
MA/PhD
Industrial/Organizational faculty review all application materials carefully and evaluate applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the January 5 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area, but not another, these criteria will not be followed rigidly.

3. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic background and achievements. An additional letter from an employer, university administrator, or other source may be submitted, but is not required.

4. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

5. Minority Status: Industrial/Organizational faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

6. Students with Disabilities: Industrial/Organizational faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Industrial/Organizational Program, please visit our website​.

General
Psychology
MS
The Master of Science in General Psychology faculty review all application materials carefully and evaluate applications with emphasis on the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Faculty will only review complete applications submitted before the April 20 deadline. The review process begins shortly after this date. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone/Skype interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and Grade Point Average (GPA): The general GRE is required for all applicants. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is advised. If an applicant is particularly strong in one area, but not another, these criteria will not be followed rigidly.

3. Undergraduate Preparation: A minimum of six courses in psychology, including a four quarter hour (three semester hour) elementary statistics course, as well as a course in research methods or experimental psychology is required. Applicants who lack prerequisites will be required to take the necessary courses, without graduate credit, before enrolling in the program. Preference is given to those applicants who have a well-balanced background of psychology courses and some background in science and mathematics. Students who do not have an undergraduate major in Psychology, but who otherwise satisfy the following requirements, may apply.

4. Letters of Recommendation: Faculty carefully review letters of recommendation. Selected recommenders are encouraged to address the applicant’s academic background and achievements.

5. Personal Statement: No specific prompt is provided in order to allow applicants the freedom to express themselves as they deem appropriate. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their research interests and name faculty with whom they would like to work. A guideline of two to three pages is advised.

6. Minority Status: MS faculty encourage applications from students of minority background.

7. Students with Disabilities: MS faculty encourage applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the General Psychology Program, please visit our website​.

The MA/PhD programs only accept graduate students who are able to pursue graduate study on a full-time basis during the day and do not accept students seeking only to complete the masters. The minimum requirements for admission are a bachelor's degree and 32 quarter hours (24 semester hours) in psychology. Four quarter hours (three semester hours) must represent a course in elementary statistics; another four quarter hours (three semester hours) must represent a course in experimental psychology. It is also suggested that a course in the history of psychology be taken.

Preference is given to applicants who have a well-balanced background of psychology courses. Students who do not have an undergraduate major in psychology but who are able to demonstrate a high level of undergraduate achievement may apply. Such applicants must have the necessary prerequisite coursework before applying. In addition, research experience may be a factor in the application process.


Information For International Students

International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) must take additional steps to be considered for admission. Please visit our Graduate International Admission site for exact information.

Contact Us

Learn more about our Graduate Psychology Program:

  1. Online: Complete the Contact Us form
  2. E-mail: Send an e-mail message to GradDePaul@depaul.edu​.
  3. Call: (773) 325-7315 or toll free 1-800-4DEPAUL (outside Illinois) ​
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