Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
Admission: FALL 2014
Application Deadline: November 15
Admission is offered only for the fall semester and is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program in School Psychology. Only applicants who intend to enroll full time will be considered for admission. A complete doctoral program application includes the following:
The doctoral application process includes a mandatory two-day interview on campus with the School Psychology faculty. See the Interview section below.
Programs Requirements: Applicants must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of coursework and a bachelor's degree conferred before the fall semester. Applicants should have completed at least 21 hours of undergraduate psychology courses that include general psychology or an equivalent course, experimental psychology or research methods or equivalent, and a social science statistics course or equivalent. Applicants who have not completed required courses may be admitted to the doctoral program, but will have the missing courses added to the doctoral program degree requirements. Missing required courses must be completed during the first year of graduate study.
Applicants who have completed master's degrees in psychology must have a graduate grade point average of 3.5 or above (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with master's degrees (not in psychology) who have been employed as school psychologists may be admitted if academically qualified to pursue doctoral study and can demonstrate research competency. Successful completion of a master's thesis and research courses satisfy this requirement. Credit for completed master-level courses will be determined on an individual basis. If the master's degree did not require completing an empirical master's thesis, applicants will be required to complete a research apprenticeship as part of the doctoral program degree requirements.
Individuals who have been convicted of a felony are not eligible to complete an internship (a doctoral program requirement) and are not eligible for licensure as a school psychologist in the State of Illinois. Applicants who are convicted felons will not be considered for admission to the doctoral program in School Psychology.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 15. All application materials must be received by the University and department by November 15. Incomplete applications may not be reviewed by the department's Admissions Committee.
Applicants must complete the online University application and the department's supplemental questions. Click on the link below to access the appropriate website.
When an application is submitted, it is not immediately available for review by the department. It takes the University approximately 2-3 days to process an application after it is submitted. This processing time might increase during the two weeks before the application deadline.
Applicants must take the GRE General Test and have their scores reported to the University by Educational Testing Service. The GRE General Test includes the following sections: Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Applicant should use the school code 1319 to have official test scores reported to Illinois State.
Applicants must have every institution where they received course credit send an official transcript to Illinois State. Copies of transcripts will not be accepted. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SENT TO:
Illinois State University
Campus Box 2200
Normal, IL 61790-2200
Applicants must write a personal essay that addresses the following topics:
Applicants must submit a writing sample that is scholarly work (i.e., a research paper, an independent study project report, a literature review, etc.) and approximately 5-15 pages. The writing sample should be uploaded in the online application.
Three Applicant Recommendation Forms are required. The recommender may also submit a separate letter of recommendation with the completed Recommendation Form. At least one recommendation should be from an individual who is familiar with the applicant's research activities. The Applicant Recommendation Form may be mailed to the department. The completed Recommendation Form (and letter of recommendation, if applicable) must be placed in an envelope that is sealed and includes the recommender's signature across the envelope flap.
The recommender may also choose to send the Recommendation Form to the department's Graduate Programs Office as an e-mail attachment. The completed Recommendation Form should be saved as a PDF. If a separate letter of recommendation will also be provided, the letter must be written on letterhead and signed by the recommender. The letter of recommendation should also be saved as a PDF and sent in the same e-mail with the completed Recommendation Form. The e-mail should include the applicant's name and the specific graduate program.
Illinois State University
Department of Psychology
Graduate Programs Office
Campus Box 4620
Normal, IL 61790-4620
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Applicants may contact the Graduate Programs Office by e-mail to verify receipt of a complete application. Please wait at least four days after the online application has been submitted before contacting the Graduate Programs Office. The e-mail should include the applicant's name and identify the doctoral program in School Psychology.
Selected applicants being considered for admission to the doctoral program must complete the campus interview process. The School Psychology Admissions Committee will notify selected applicants of the two-day interview schedule. Applicants must attend both days, which are usually scheduled on a Thursday evening and Friday in January. Travel and lodging expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.
Doctoral Interview Days: January 16-17, 2014
The department generally notifies doctoral applicants of its admission offers during February. The American Psychological Association stipulates that applicants have until April 15 to respond to the admission offer. The department's admission offer will include information about:
The University will notify applicants about admission to a graduate degree program. Notices are generally distributed from March to May.
The department routinely awards graduate assistantships to applicants who accept admission to Illinois State. The availability of graduate assistantships are subject to the following factors:
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).
Applicants are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The application deadline is March 1. This application is for a federal work study award. Work study awards assist the department in reducing the cost of graduate assistantships, which provides more funding for graduate students.
See the department's Graduate Programs Application website, for additional information about financial assistance.
Applicants may contact the Graduate Programs Office by e-mail to inquire about their admission status, if they have not received an admission offer by April 30. Some admission offers may be delayed until applicants notify the department that they are not accepting our admission offers or that they accepted admission offers at other institutions. We will continue to offer admission until we have a full class admitted for the fall semester.
Applicants who accept admission at another college or university should notify the coordinator of the graduate program or sequence that they are no longer available to attend Illinois State.
Click on this link for statistical information for applicants who were admitted. The information is based on grade point averages and GRE General Test scores.