Department of Psychology

Application Process

Prospective students must submit the following materials in application for admission to the Clinical/Community Mental Health program:

  • Application for admission
  • Transcripts of all undergraduate work
  • Scores on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Exam (The advanced test in psychology is not required)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two of these letters should be from faculty familiar with the applicant’s academic work. If the applicant has work experience in a human service setting, a recommendation from the supervisor of that work is useful)
  • A biographical statement that details the basis of the applicant’s interest in psychology, his/her experiences in human service settings, including any volunteer work, and career objectives
  • More information about the application and admission process for all three psychology graduate programs can be found in the Guidelines for Graduate Studies

All materials should be submitted:

Western Illinois University
School of Graduate Studies
1 University Circle
Sherman Hall 116
Macomb, IL 61455
Phone: (309)298-1806
Fax: (309)298-2345
Toll Free: 1-877-WIU GRAD
Grad-Office@wiu.edu

The Graduate School maintains an electronic application site and encourages students to apply online

Admission decisions involve a two-stage process, with admission to the graduate school being determined separately from admission to the degree program in the department. Applicants are urged to take the Graduate Record Examination by December of the year before they intend to begin graduate study. Screening of applications will begin March 1 and continue until all positions in the program are filled; applications received by February 1 receive priority consideration. Because required courses are offered only once a year and because the practicum consists of a four-semester sequence of graded experiences, students are normally admitted in the fall only. An undergraduate degree in psychology is not necessary for admission to the program. However, the applicant should have taken at least 15 semester hours of Psychology that include Introductory Psychology, a social sciences research methods course, statistics, a learning course, personality theories, and abnormal psychology. If an applicant does not have the required courses, he/she may be admitted subject to earning grades of “B” or better in the undergraduate prerequisite courses prior to the second year of the graduate program. Credit earned in prerequisite courses does not apply toward a graduate degree.