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Amy Marshall

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please contact Sherri Gilliland
(814) 863-1721


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Department of Psychology 
125 Moore Building 
The Pennsylvania State University 
University Park, PA 16802-3106

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How to Apply to Graduate School in Psychology

The Application Process

The application process is as follows:

  1. Please read the following list of Frequently Asked Questions BEFORE completing your application.
  2. Consult the Graduate School's "How To Apply" page:
  3. The Graduate School requires that all applicants file an electronic application available at the Graduate School Admissions and Program Information Portal.

For application fee waiver information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

For other application fee information, please go to:

Applications are evaluated holistically across a variety of sources of information. Therefore, the following should be uploaded to the graduate application where indicated:

  1. A sample paper.
  2. A statement of purpose.
  3. Official transcripts.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically by your recommenders. Once you have registered your recommenders in the online application, recommenders will receive an email that will guide them in uploading their letters.
  5. TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for non-exempt international applicants only.
  6. Training areas in the department will consider GRE scores in different ways when evaluating applications. The I-O area strongly recommends submission of GRE scores for full consideration unless the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted your ability to take or perform well on the test in some way. Submission of GRE scores is fully optional for the clinical and cognitive areas (if you include them, they will be considered; if you do not include them, there is no penalty). The developmental and social areas will not request nor consider GRE scores.
  • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required. However, students admitted to the clinical training area are required to take the Psychology Subject Test before, or soon after beginning, the program to demonstrate foundational knowledge.


These documents are to be uploaded only. Please do not send or email your documents elsewhere as application materials not uploaded to the graduate application will not be accepted.


Important Items of Interest to the Applicant

Thank you for your interest in graduate study in the Department of Psychology at Penn State. 

The deadline date for Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, I/O, or Social Psychology is December 1st.

It is not possible for us to to contact you concerning missing materials, so please make sure your application is complete.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) by Prospective Students page to learn more.

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