Department of Psychology



Psychology Graduate Programs - 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 that includes coursework in each of the following three areas: general psychology, statistics/experimental, and learning/cognitive.Prospective students must submit the following application materials 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 GRE Psychology Subject Test 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, nonacademic, and employment experiences relevant to the degree of program selected.

Many of these materials can be be submitted electronically by going to Western Illinois University's School of Graduate Studies website.

Application Process & Timetable

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 priority consideration. Screening of applications typically begins around March 1 and continues until all positions in the programs are filled.

If an applicant does not have the required courses, she or 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 graduate degree requirements.