Department of Psychology




Graduate Program - How to Apply

Eligibility & Admissions Information

Students interested in applying for graduate study in psychology should have a strong foundation in the field, although an undergraduate major in the discipline is not required. Prospective students should have a minimum of 15 semester hours in psychology with completed coursework in each of the following three areas: general psychology, statistics/experimental and learning/cognative.

Prospective students must submit the following materials in application for admission to the Graduate program

  1. Application for Admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

  2. Official Transcripts of all prior academic work.

  3. Scores on the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examination (The advanced test in Psychology is not required.

  4. 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 strongly encouraged.)

  5. A biographical statement emphasizing academic, nonacedmic, and employment experiences relevant to the degree of program slected.

(Applicants should note that some of these materials can be submitted electronically by going to the Western Illinois University School of Graduate Studies website.)

Admission decisions are a two stage process, with admission to the Graduate School being determined separately from admission to the degree program in the Department of Psychology. Applications received by the Graduate School by February 1 will be given priorty consideration. Screening of applications typically begins around March 1 continuing until all positions in the programs are filled.

If an applicant does not have the required courses, s/he may be admitted subject to earning grades of 'B' or better in the undergraduate prerequisite courses. Credit earned in such courses does not apply toward degree requirements.