Department of Psychology at Illinois State University

Application Information

Admission to our graduate programs is offered only for the fall semester and is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to any graduate program in the Department of Psychology. We will start accepting applications for fall 2015 after September 15, 2014.

Admission Statistics

Statistical data are available for applicants who were admitted to our graduate programs. The information is based on grade point averages and Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.

Doctoral Degree Program Application

Application Deadline: November 15
Admission for FALL 2015

Only applicants who intend to enroll full time will be considered for admission to the doctoral program in School Psychology.
Doctoral Program in School Psychology Application website

Specialist Degree Program Application

Application Deadline: December 1
Admission for FALL 2015

Only applicants who intend to enroll full time will be considered for admission to the specialist program in School Psychology.
Specialist Program in School Psychology Application website

Clinical-Counseling Psychology master's Degree Program Application

Application Deadline: December 15
Admission for FALL 2015

Clinical-Counseling Psychology Program Application website

Master's Degree Program Application

Application Deadline: January 15
Admission for FALL 2015

Master's Program Application website

The Psychology Program has graduate sequences in:
   • Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences
   • Developmental Psychology
   • Industrial/Organizational-Social Psychology
   • Quantitative Psychology

Graduate Assistantships

The department routinely awards graduate assistantships to applicants who accept admission. Graduate assistantships also include a full tuition waiver for the academic year. Graduate assistants are responsible for paying the University's general fees and insurance costs. The decision to award an assistantship is subject to the receipt of anticipated funding from the state of Illinois, verification of employment eligibility based on U.S. immigration laws, eligibility requirements as stated in the Graduate Assistant Handbook, and the specific needs of the department. If the assistantship includes contact with children, Illinois law may require graduate assistants to submit to a criminal background check. Applicants will be informed if the graduate assistantship requires a background check.

Students who accept graduate assistantships at Illinois State are employees of the University and the state of Illinois. State employees are required to complete the Mandatory Governmental Ethics Online Training under the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act (5 ILCS 430/5-10). The ethics training must be completed each year of the assistantship.

Other Sources of Financial Assistance

The department encourages applicants to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application deadline is March 1. This application is for a work study award, in which the federal government pays a percentage of the graduate assistant's salary. Work study awards help to lower the department's cost for graduate assistantships, which provides more funding for graduate students. Under some circumstances, graduate students who are eligible for work study are disadvantaged by accepting the award. Students are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office before accepting a federal work study award.

See The Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology for information about the department fellowship and candidate qualifications.

See the Career Center website for information about employment opportunities.

Financial Aid Office website

Graduate School's Funding website

APA Scholarship, Grants, and Awards website
(American Psychological Association)

APAGS Scholarships and Awards website
(American Psychological Association of Graduate Students)

Psi Chi Graduate Awards and Grants website
(Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology)