Application Process

The application deadline is December 1st. Applications and required documents must be fully submitted by this date otherwise the application will not be considered by the Department.

We offer a full-time, day, research-oriented Ph.D. program that begins once a year in the Fall. The Department accepts only applicants who wish to be candidates for the PhD. Applicants are not admitted as candidates for the Masters as a terminal degree.

Please visit UIC’s Graduate College webpage for more information on general admission requirements and program admission and degree requirements.

  • Department of Psychology Application.
    • Select "Apply Now"
    • Scroll to bottom of page, select General Domestic Degree Seeking Application or ​General International Degree Seeking Application
    • You will be prompted to create a log-in .

After completing the initial application, it will be processed through the Office of Admissions and Records. Within several days you will be emailed a link where you can upload required documents and enter in the names and email addresses of those who are writing letters of recommendation for you. ​It can take three to five days to receive this link, so keep that in mind with the application deadline as all documents must be uploaded by that date.

To check the status of your application or to view what documents have been received please log back into your application checklist. Do not contact the Department as we will not be able to verify any information over the phone and will direct you to check your online account.

  • Required documents for application to be considered. These are to be uploaded electronically into your online application after receiving the appropriate link from the Office of Admissions. All materials that are required for the Department of Psychology Application are to be submitted electronically through the online application. Hard copy materials of transcripts, exam scores, personal statements, or letters of recommendation will not be accepted for the Department of Psychology PhD Application. Applicants who are offered admission to the program will need to submit official, hard copy transcripts to the Office of Admissions and Records AFTER an acceptance letter has been received.
    • Three letters of recommendation: Please enter the names and email addresses for three letter writers in the application and the system will email them a link where they can upload electronic copies of the recommendation letter. We will not accept hard or emailed copies; they must be uploaded by your recommender per the link they will receive after the applicant indicates their name and email address.
      • Letter writers should be familiar with the applicant’s training, academic achievements and should be in position to comment on the applicant’s suitability for a graduate career involving research.
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Transcripts: Electronic, unofficial copies for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.  Official transcripts are not required to be mailed to UIC until the applicant is accepted into the program.  It is required to upload unofficial copies of your transcripts into the online application system.  While a 3.0 and above GPA is ​favorable, it is not required to apply.  View previous applicant data.  
    • Standardized Tests: The GRE General Exam is required for all applicants. While the GRE Subject Test in Psychology is recommended, it is not required. The application requires an uploaded copy of the unofficial GRE score report from ETS.  Official test score reports from ETS are not required to be mailed to UIC until the applicant is accepted into the program.  There is no set minimum requirement for GRE scores.  View previous applicant data.  
    • Personal statement: This should include information about how the applicant has prepared for graduate school in psychology, research experience and interests, what the applicant would like to do as a research psychologist, and with whom among the faculty the applicant would like to work.  There is no formatting requirement or page limit to your personal statement.
    • Program/Division: Please indicate to which of our five programs you are interested in applying.  Only one program choice is permitted.
    • Faculty mentors: Please indicate up to three faculty mentors that you would like to work under.  At least one faculty mentor is required to be listed in order for your application to be given full consideration. You can find out more information about our ​faculty members and their research interests. Click on their name and it will take you to their profile page. We do not post a list of faculty accepting students; we recommend you reach out to them directly to check their status.
    • Miscellaneous Academic Documents: If you would like to share any publications, writing samples, additional transcripts, or other documents they can be uploaded here. Please note that this an optional area and no documents are required to be uploaded here. Please disregard any emails you may receive about your application being incomplete due to missing Miscellaneous Academic Documents.
  • International Students. We have a diverse student population and currently have several international students in the department. To ensure you are submitting the correct documents along with your application please visit the website for the Office of Admissions and Records and the website for the Office of International Services.
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the exam of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Click here to know about the required scores.
  • Tuition and Fees: Please visit the Graduate College for more information on current tuition and fee rates.
    • The Department of Psychology offers Teaching Assistantships or Research Assistantships to the students who are accepted into our program. Students who accept a 25-67% TA or RA position are provided with a tuition waiver, a waiver of some fees, and a stipend. UIC also offers several fellowship opportunities.
  • Financial Aid: Please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. You can also visit to complete the Application for Federal Student Aid form. This form is the universal application for student financial assistance.
  • Transfer credit: Graduate course hours and prior master’s degree can be assessed for possible transfer after a student is admitted and starts the program. This cannot be done prior to admission.