Application FAQ

  1. What Graduate Majors do you Offer? 
    1. Clinical Psychological Sciences
    2. Cognitive Psychology
    3. Industrial-Organizational Psychology
    4. Mathematical and Computational Psychology
    5. Neuroscience and Behavior
    6. Social Psychology
  2. Does the department have a separate application from the University?
    • No. The application submitted via the Graduate School's on-line application system is the only application that is needed.
  3. Does the department offer terminal Master's degree programs?
    • No, we do not offer a terminal Master's degree program, and only accept students seeking a Ph.D. (PLEASE BE SURE TO SELECT "PH.D." AS THE DEGREE OBJECTIVE ON YOUR APPLICATION) 
  4. Does the department accept applications for Spring or Summer admission?
    • No. We only accept applications for Fall admission.
  5. If I would like to apply to more than one program, must I submit separate applications?
    • Yes. Please note that you may apply for up to three separate programs with no additional application fee.
  6. Do I need to take the GRE General Test?
    • the GRE general test is required for admission to our Clinical Psychology, Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Mathematical and Computational Psychology programs;
    • the GRE is optional for admission to our Cognitive Psychology program;
    • the GRE is not required for admission to our Neuroscience and Behavior and Social Psychology programs.
  7. Do I need to take the GRE Subject Test?
    • No, we do not require the subject test.
  8. What is the deadline for having my file completed?
    • December 1, 2022 (for Fall 2023 enrollment)
  9. What is the deadline for taking the GRE test?
    • You should take the GRE test by November 15 to ensure that your scores are received by the December 1 application deadline.
  10. What is Purdue's institution code and the Psych department code for the GRE and TOEFL?
    • Purdue's institution code is 1631.
    • Psychological Sciences' general psychology code is 2016.
  11. Is there a minimum GRE score requirement?
    • No.
  12. If my GRE or TOEFL scores were sent to Purdue's institution code (1631), but not to the department code, will the program still receive my scores?
    • Yes, as long as your scores are sent to Purdue's institution code (1631), we will receive them.
  13. I submitted my GRE scores months ago, however, the official scores are not yet reflected on my pending application. Does this mean that you have not received them?
    • No, we have likely received your official GRE scores, however, they will not post to your application until after you have submitted your application and paid the application fee. It may take several days to matriculate to your application.
  14. Under what conditions may I be considered for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE requirement?
    • The Graduate School will routinely waive the TOEFL/IELTS/PTE for applicants who have received a baccalaureate degree or graduate or professional degree, within 36 months of the expected date of admission, from a school where English is the primary language of instruction in a country/location where English is the native language.
  15. For how long are the TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Essentials and IELTS scores valid? TOEFL iBT, TOEFL Essentials and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years and must not be more than 2 years old at the time of admission.
  16. How much is the application fee and where do I send it?
    • The application fee is $60.00 for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants and should be submitted on-line with the application
  17. Can the application fee be waived?
    • Application fee waivers are only considered for applicants applying through a specific recruitment program that specifies a waiver of the application fee.
  18. What should I select for the "Enrollment Objective" on the on-line application?
    • Since we do not offer a terminal Master's degree program you will choose "Doctoral Degree" as your enrollment objective status.
  19. Do I need to apply to be considered for one of the fellowships offered through the Graduate School?
    • No.  If admitted, you will be automatically considered for any Purdue fellowships for which you qualify.
  20. Must I complete the Diversity Essay in order to be considered for admission?
    • Yes, we do require that all applicants complete the diversity essay.
  21. How long should my Statement of Purpose be?  The application states 300-500 words; can it be longer? 
    • Your Statement of Purpose may be up to two single-spaced pages in length.
  22. May I submit my application before my recommenders have submitted their recommendations?
    • Yes, you may submit your application before the recommendations have been submitted.
  23. How do my recommenders access the on-line recommendation form?
    • Once you complete the recommendation section of your application, your recommenders will automatically be sent an E-mail notice asking for their recommendation, and directing them to the on-line recommendation form.
  24. Do I need to indicate the name(s) of the Professor(s) with whom I would like to work on my application?
    • YES, it is very important that you identify the professor(s) with whom you would like to work. You may list more than one professor, but it is important to list at least one. Since applicants are admitted to work with a specific faculty member as major professor, applications that do not specify one or more professors may not receive full consideration.
  25. Do I need to apply for assistantship funding?
    • No. If admitted, you will automatically be considered for assistantship funding which will be offered simultaneously with your offer of admission.
  26. What type of transcripts are accepted and how are they to be submitted?
    • An "official" version of transcripts, from ALL institutions attended, must be uploaded into your online application (preferred), or mailed to the Graduate Office in the Department of Psychological Sciences at: Graduate Office, Department of Psychological Sciences, 701 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2081. An official transcript bears the original signature of the registrar and/or the original seal of the issuing institution.  Do NOT have your transcripts sent to our Graduate School. 
  27. Do you offer distance or part-time programs?
    • No, our programs are strictly full-time and in-residence at the West Lafayette campus.


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