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 scores required: Verbal, Quantitative and Writing scores; recommended: Advanced Subject test in Psychology. We recommend taking the GRE psychology subject test in April or November. 
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One official transcript from each institution attended 
  • Course history list​ ​​ 
All application materials must be submitted to the Office of 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 Experimental program 
  • May 1 for the General Psychology program 

Program-Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements, here are the program-specific admission requirements for each graduate psychology program:

Clinical
Child
Psychology
MA/PhD

The Clinical faculty wants applicants to know that the faculty reviews every application, who carefully evaluate all the application materials and emphasize the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: When important pieces of information, such as transcripts, are lacking, the faculty is compelled to reject the applicant. A number of applicants are rejected on this basis. Applications must be complete by December 1. The process of evaluation begins shortly after this date and interviews for invited candidates take place in either February or March. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination Scores and Grade Point Average: Combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of about 1200 are expected; scores on the Advanced Psychology Subject test (which is encouraged, not required) are generally in the 600's. The undergraduate grades of applicants are expected to average substantially higher than "B" in psychology courses. Typically, successful applicants to our program have undergraduate GPA's of 3.5 or better. If the student 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: The letters of recommendation are reviewed carefully. Reference writers should be selected who can address the applicant's academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. 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 either the Child or Community tracks, it is helpful to mention specific interests or experiences that coincide with faculty members in that track.

6. Ethnic and Racial Minorities: The clinical faculty encourages applications from students of color. Four of the twelve full-time clinical faculty are racial minorities and seven are women.

7. Students with Disabilities: The clinical faculty encourages applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Clinical Program, visit our website
Clinical
Community
Psychology
MA/PhD
The Clinical faculty wants applicants to know that the faculty reviews every application, who carefully evaluate all the application materials and emphasize the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: When important pieces of information, such as transcripts, are lacking, the faculty is compelled to reject the applicant. A number of applicants are rejected on this basis. Applications must be complete by December 1. The process of evaluation begins shortly after this date and interviews for invited candidates take place in either February or March. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are strongly preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination Scores and Grade Point Average: Combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of about 1200 are expected; scores on the Advanced Psychology Subject test (which is encouraged, not required) are generally in the 600's. The undergraduate grades of applicants are expected to average substantially higher than "B" in psychology courses. Typically, successful applicants to our program have undergraduate GPA's of 3.5 or better. If the student 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: The letters of recommendation are reviewed carefully. Reference writers should be selected who can address the applicant's academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. 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 either the Child or Community tracks, it is helpful to mention specific interests or experiences that coincide with faculty members in that track.

6. Ethnic and Racial Minorities: The clinical faculty encourages applications from students of color. Four of the twelve full-time clinical faculty are racial minorities and seven are women.

7. Students with Disabilities: The clinical faculty encourages applications from students with disabilities.

For more information about the Clinical Program, visit our website
Community
Psychology
MA/PhD
All applications are processed and reviewed within the Psychology Department. The Community faculty evaluates all application materials carefully and emphasizes the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: When important pieces of information, such as transcripts, are lacking, the faculty is compelled to reject the applicant. Applications must be complete by December 5. The process of evaluation begins shortly after this date and interviews for invited candidates take place in late February and in March. Applicants will be notified if they qualify for an interview. In-person interviews are preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged if necessary.

2. Graduate Record Examination Scores and Grade Point Average: Combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of about 1200 are expected; Advanced Psychology Subject scores are generally in the 600's. Typically, successful applicants to our program have undergraduate GPA's of 3.2 or better. If the student is particularly strong in one area but not another, these criteria are not followed rigidly. *Note: The GRE subject exam is strongly recommended, but not required.

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: The letters of recommendation are reviewed carefully. Reference writers should be selected who can address the applicant's academic abilities, potential for conducting research, and ability to work with others.

5. 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.

6. Minority Status: The community faculty encourages applications from minority students.

7. Disabled Students: The clinical faculty encourages applications from disabled students.

For more information about the Community Program, visit our website.
Experimental
Psychology
MA/PhD
The Experimental faculty wants applicants to know that the faculty reviews every application, who carefully evaluate all the application materials and emphasize the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: When important pieces of information, such as transcripts, are lacking, the faculty is compelled to reject the applicant; therefore, applications must be complete by February 1.

2. Graduate Record Examination Scores and Grade Point Average: Combined Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores of about 1100 are expected, and Subject scores are expected to exceed 500. (The GRE psychology subject exam is strongly recommended, but not required.) The undergraduate grades of applicants are expected to average substantially higher than "B" in psychology courses. Typically, successful applicants to our program have undergraduate GPA's of 3.5 and combined GRE scores of about 1100. If the student 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. Minority Status: The Experimental faculty encourages applications from minority students.

5. Students with Disabilities: The Experimental faculty encourages applications from students with disabilities.

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

Industrial/
Organizational
Psychology
MA/PhD
The Industrial/Organizational faculty wants applicants to know that the faculty reviews every application, who carefully evaluate all the application materials and emphasize the following criteria:

1. Completeness of Credentials: Applications must be completed by January 5. Missing transcripts, letters of reference, etc., may cause an applicant to be rejected or denied financial assistance. The program generally has approximately 100 applicants for 3 - 4 openings.

2. Graduate Record Examination Scores and Grade Point Average: While each applicant is evaluated based on all available information, successful applicants to the doctoral program have above average Graduate Record Examination scores and above average grade point averages. Successful applicants have had combined Verbal and Quantitative scores of about 1200 and grades substantially above "B" (3.4 or higher). *Note: The Psychology Subject test portion of the GRE is no longer required.

3. Letters of Recommendation: The three required letters of recommendation​​​​ should be from persons who are in a position to evaluate 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. Minority Status: Applications from minority students are encouraged.

5. Students with Disabilities: Applications from students with disabilities are encouraged.

For more information about the Industrial/Organizational Program, visit our website.
General
Psychology
MS
The department accepts as graduate students only those who show definite promise for completing the requirements for this advanced degree. 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.

1. Completeness of Credentials: Applications must be completed by May 1. Missing transcripts, letters of reference, etc., may cause an applicant to be rejected.

2. Grade Point Average: Satisfactory undergraduate scholastic average.

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. The student judged to be deficient in prerequisites will be required to take, without graduate credit, such courses as are necessary to remedy any deficiencies before entering graduate school.

4. Graduate Record Examination: official results of the General test and the Subject test in Psychology. (The GRE psychology subject exam is strongly recommended, but not required.)

5. Letters of Recommendation: The three required letters of recommendation should be from persons who are in a position to evaluate the applicant's academic background and achievements.

6. Minority Status: Applications from minority students are encouraged.

7. Students with Disabilities: Applications from students with disabilities are encouraged.

For more information about the General Program, visit our website.
Resumes, personal statements and course history lists may be uploaded with your 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 being applied to are 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

The $40.00 application fee must be paid when you submit your application, unless a waiver is requested. The application 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.

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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