Department of Psychology Graduate Application Instructions

  • You must complete all of the application screens in order to submit the application.
  • You may save an unfinished application to complete at a later date. Click the "Save to Finish Later" button on any screen.
  • Important: Remember to save your password. You will need it to retrieve your application if you save it to finish later.
  • If you spend more than 60 minutes on one screen, the system will "time out." This means your information will not be saved. To avoid losing your information, be sure to click to the next or previous page within the 60-minute time limit. You will always be able to go back and forth among application screens to complete your answers.
  • Within 24 hours of submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email from DePaul.

Admission Requirements

Application Deadline
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
December 15 for the Industrial/Organizational program
December 15 for the Psychological Science program
April 20 for the General Psychology program

Application Fee
The non-refundable application fee of $40.00 is payable online after submitting the application, or by check or money order payable to “DePaul University” and mailed to the address above.  Please be sure to include your name on the check or money order.

A student in need of financial aid may request a waiver of the application fee by submitting a personal letter requesting this consideration, along with a letter from the financial aid office of the institution attended, outlining need, and official copies of financial aid transcripts. These materials must be submitted, along with the application, before consideration will be given.

Application Materials
A completed Graduate School application must be accompanied by:

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores required; recommended: Advanced Subject test in Psychology.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Electronic transcripts must be emailed to directly from the issuing institution in order to be considered official.
  • A course history list
All materials, including those from the Educational Testing Service, must be received by the deadline. Only scores submitted by ETS are official. For GRE information, visit  

Send all materials to:

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

For International Applicants

Credential Evaluation
DePaul University requires that you submit your official educational credentials and evaluation fee to one of the following companies:

Evaluations from any other company will not be accepted.  Please contact the evaluation company for information on payment and fees.

After receiving your credentials, the company you have chosen will submit their general evaluation directly to DePaul along with certified copies of the credentials you submitted for evaluation.  These documents will be used for your admission review – please do not submit any educational credentials directly to DePaul University. 

Proof of English Language Proficiency 
All students educated outside of the United States must submit proof of their English proficiency in order to be reviewed for admission.  Students holding a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. from a regionally accredited United States institution will have the TOEFL requirement waived upon receipt of their U.S. transcripts.

The graduate psychology programs require a TOEFL score of at least 96/243/590 (internet/computer/paper version).

Please request your score report be sent to:

DePaul University
Office of Graduate Admission
College of Science and Health
2400 N Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL

The DePaul University institution code for the TOEFL exam is 1165.  We will also accept an official IELTS score report in lieu of a TOEFL exam.

Financial Documentation 
Students who plan to apply for F-1 of J-1 student visa status are required by US immigration law to submit evidence of adequate funding to meet the estimated tuition and living expenses for their first year of study before an I20 (used to apply for an F1 student visa) or DS-2019 form can be issued. Please submit an original bank statement, issued within six months of your anticipated entry term, preferably in savings, reflecting the appropriate amount in US dollars. If you will be sponsored, request a signed and dated "affidavit" or official letter from your sponsor indicating the amount of sponsorship, as well as the sponsor's name, address, and relationship to you, accompanied by the sponsor's current/original bank statement. Please note that translations must accompany any letters or bank statements issued in a language other than English. Promissory notes or employers statement of estimated earnings will not be accepted. Photo/notarized copies or email/facsimile transmissions will not be accepted. Any false statements made regarding financial responsibility violate US immigration laws. DePaul is not responsible of the amount of funds shown as available by the student or sponsor on the affidavit of support becomes unavailable after the date on this affidavit.

The Financial Affidavit of support and Transfer Release Form (for F1 visa holders currently attending another U.S. institution) can be found on the Student Visas section of the site.

Although financial documentation may be submitted after an admission decision has been made, applicants are encouraged to submit the appropriate paperwork as soon as possible.

Copy of Passport 
All students requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 form from DePaul must submit a copy of the identification page of their passport.

Transferring Your I-20 Form 
If you are currently in F-1 visa status and attending another school, college, university of English language program in the US and are admitted to DePaul, you must receive a new DePaul I-20 form. Please submit the financial documents and copy of your passport as outlined above, along with a copy of your current I-20 form, and the completed Transfer Release form.

Evidence of Immigration Status 
(For non-F1/J1 students) If you are on a type of visa other than F-1 or J-1, or if you are a permanent resident of the US, please submit a copy of the current visa page and I-94 card in your passport, or a copy of your Alien Registration card (front and back) as verification of your current status.

The documents outlined above are not requirements for admission, but are necessary for the issuance of your I-20 form. Please note that I-20 forms can only be issued to students who are accepted to DePaul in full-time degree-seeking programs.

DePaul University is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

A copy of DePaul University's Safety & Security Information Report and Fire Safety Report is available upon request. The report includes statistics about crimes that occurred on campus and public property immediately adjacent to campus. The report includes institutional policies concerning campus security, sexual assault and other matters. It also includes fire statistics, fire safety practices and standards of the institution. A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the Crime Prevention Office at (773) 325-7775 or by visiting the DePaul Public Safety website.