Application Procedures for the Doctoral Program in Psychology


The next application cycle will be for Fall 2015 with an application deadline of December 1, 2014.

Please check out our new Lewis Integrative Science Building videos on YouTube: Thank you to Donors, Grand Opening, and Oregon Research Rocks!

We have moved!  During renovations to Straub Hall, we will be located at 1715 Franklin.  Directions are located here.  We have faculty and research facilities in two separate locations, the new Franklin location and the Lewis Integrative Science Building.

To prepare for the application process for Fall 2015: Please read all instructions before attempting to start the application process.

1.     Take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam).
The GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, analytical/writing) is required for all applicants. The GRE Subject Test is not required. Applicants should take the general exam in time for the official results to arrive before the December 1 application deadline. Official GRE test scores must be sent directly to the Department of Psychology by ETS. The code for the University of Oregon is 4846 and the code for the Department of Psychology is 2016.  Both codes must be used.

2.     Take the TOEFL (international applicants only)
Foreign students for whom English is a second language must have their TOEFL scores sent directly to the University of Oregon. The Department of Psychology and University of Oregon require a minimum score of 575 for paper-based test OR 88 for the Internet-based (iBT) version OR 7.0 for the IELTS exam. Please have official results sent to the University and provide a photocopy to our department.

3.     Assess your interest in our faculty
While completing the departmental online application, you will select up to four Psychology faculty members whose research is of particular interest to you. See Faculty Research Interests.  (A complete list of Faculty Research Interests is also provided as an attachment below.)

To Apply:

1.     Submit the University of Oregon Graduate Application (Fall 2015 application will be available in October 2014.)

This is the general application to the University of Oregon.  A $50.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions for the Graduate Admissions Application. 

Note: Please keep your login credentials (username and password) from the Graduate Admissions Application in a safe place. 

2.     After submitting the University of Oregon Graduate Application above, there will be a delay before you have access to the Departmental Online Application. We manually upload your information to our system. When uploaded, you will receive an automated email from the "Graduate Secretary" or "Lori Olsen" that will include additional instructions and the link to the application. You will have continuous access to the departmental online application until 5:00pm (Pacific) on December 1, 2013 (high traffic will slow the system down).  We strongly suggest that you visit your departmental online application frequently to ensure that all your materials have arrived by the application deadline. When all the status buttons on the application are green, your application is considered complete.

Required Application Materials (all due by December 1st):

1.     University of Oregon Graduate Application (available in October 2014 for Fall 2015)

2.     Departmental online Application  (available in October 2014 for Fall 2015)

3.     Personal Statement

A 2-4 page statement of purpose. This should (A) discuss your main research interests, ideas, and questions; (B) explain how your research experiences (e.g., professional work, research, volunteering) so far informs your interest and future goals; (C) state why you believe the University of Oregon is a good place for you to continue your research (and, if applicable, clinical) training; and (D) discuss how your plan of study relates to the research interests of the faculty you would like to work with.

4.     Three letters of recommendation

Our online application requests contact information for each reference. References will receive an email from us inviting them to fill out our online reference form. Throughout the application process, you can return to your application to view which letters have arrived (click on "References" on your application).

5.     Official Transcripts 

Send official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to: 

Graduate Secretary, Department of Psychology, 1227 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1227. 

6.     Writing Sample and Curriculum Vita/Resume

A recent class paper, thesis, or article along with your curriculum vita/resume.

7.     Official general GRE scores

Official GRE results sent directly from ETS. We only require the general GRE, not the subject test. To have your results sent to us, please use the institution code; 4846, and the department code; 2016. The results must reach us by the December 1st deadline. It can take up to 5 weeks for us to receive results, even for the computer test. Please plan accordingly.

8.     Official TOEFL scores (international applicants only) 

A minimum of 88 on the IBT exam OR minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS exam is required by the University of Oregon.   Please have official results sent to the University of Oregon and provide a photocopy to our department.

Information on Housing and Child Care is available via the Housing Department's website.

The University's Work-Life Resources program provides information to assist students to effectively manage personal, family and community life with work and educational responsibilities.  website.

For information about the Psychology Program or the application process, please contact:
gradsecatpsych [dot] uoregon [dot] edu (Graduate Secretary)
Phone: (541) 346-5060


Overview of Doctoral Program and Admissions Procedures412.66 KB
Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for Clinical Doctoral Program382.57 KB
Frequently Asked Questions and Comments89.57 KB
Doctoral Application Checklist123.64 KB
Faculty Research Interests (Updated 3/31/14)316.9 KB