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please contact Sherri Gilliland
(814) 863-1721


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Department of Psychology 
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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 information, please go to:

What to upload with the graduate application

The following should be uploaded to the graduate application:

  1. A sample paper - upload onto application where indicated
  2. A statement of purpose - upload onto application where indicated
  3. 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
  4. Test scores – GRE (general test) scores are required of all applicants and TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for non-exempt international applicants. If you think that your scores do not accurately reflect your ability, please indicate so in the text box associated with the applicant notes in the Graduate School Admissions Portal. 

    • We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted your ability to take, or perform well on, the GRE. In October 2021 we will know if we will require GRE scores of all applicants or if a waiver will be available. Please check back then. 
    • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is optional. For application to the Clinical Program, the GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required; however, all students who are admitted to the program are required to take the Subject Test either before or after beginning the program to demonstrate basic foundational knowledge.
  5. Official transcripts

 These documents are to be uploaded only. Please do not send or email your documents elsewhere, application materials not uploaded 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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