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Applications & Admissions

All applicants to our Ph.D. program must apply on-line by filling out the Graduate School application forms at http://www.gradschool.purdue.edu/admissions. There are no additional forms for financial support. There is a $60 application fee for domestic applicants and a $75 application fee for international applicants.

Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School, you should have: (1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, (2) a strong scholastic record, (3) high scores on the Aptitude Test Sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), (4) an overall score of 77 or higher on the Internet-based version, (TOEFL iBT), plus Written:18, Listening: 14, Speaking: 18 and reading: 19 or an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher. {non-native English speakers only}. The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within the last 24 months, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.

Students enter the graduate program in the Fall semester only. To be given consideration for Fall 2016 admission and financial aid, the completed application (i.e., the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, scores, statement) must be received no later than December 1, 2015.

Supplemental Instructions for Completing Graduate School On-Line Application

The application should note the following:

'DEPARTMENT,' This question asks applicants to indicate the specific subject area in which they wish to major within the Department of Psychological Sciences. The indicated program of interest is extremely important because faculty associated with the graduate program area will make all recommendations regarding student admission and graduate appointments.

In general, faculty from other areas will not see your application except in unusual circumstances. To assist students in making this determination, we provide a description of the fields of psychology in which the department offers graduate programs.

'Degree or Enrollment Objective,' Applicants should indicate their ultimate degree objective by marking "Doctoral."

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required and MUST be submitted via the on-line application program. Two of the letters should come from persons qualified to evaluate the student's scholarly potential. If possible, the third should be submitted by someone qualified to describe and evaluate the student's work experience. Once you complete the recommendation portion of the application, your recommenders will automatically be sent an E-mail request for the letter of recommendation which will direct them to the recommendation form template.

Official Transcripts

Every application requires the submission of one official transcript from each college or university the applicant has attended. Copies are to be sent directly to the Psychology department at the address below. One copy of ALL transcripts are always required.


  • International students from non-English speaking countries must submit both original language transcripts and English translation transcripts.
  • ALL international students who have been awarded the Bachelor's degree, must submit a copy of your diploma or certificate showing that the degree has been awarded.

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When the applicant's file is complete, it will be reviewed by the faculty of the appropriate area. If a fellowship is involved, the applicant is notified by March 15. Final action on all applications is completed by April 1.