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 all of the applicants admitted to our psychology graduate programs. The information is based on grade point averages and Graduate Record Examination General Test scores.

Doctoral Degree Program Application

Admission for FALL 2015
Application Deadline: November 15, 2014
Required Interviews: January 15-16, 2015

Doctoral Program in School Psychology Application Information

Specialist Degree Program Application

Admission for FALL 2015
Application Deadline: December 1, 2014
Required Interviews: February 26, 2015

Specialist Program in School Psychology Application Information

Clinical-Counseling Psychology master's Degree Program Application

Admission for FALL 2015
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
Applicant Day: February 27, 2015

Clinical-Counseling Psychology Program Application Information

Master's Degree Program Application

Admission for FALL 2015
Application Deadline: January 15, 2015
Applicant Day: March 6, 2015

Master's Program in Psychology Application Information

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 Audrey J. Grupe Fellowship in School Psychology: A department fellowship for applicants admitted to the specialist program in School Psychology

Career Center

Financial Aid Office

Free Application for Federal Student Aid: Student loans from the Department of Education, which usually have a lower interest rate.

Graduate School's Funding

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

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

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