Application Procedures for the Doctoral Program in Psychology

The next application cycle will be for Fall 2015 with a deadline of December 1, 2014, for receipt of all materials.

We have moved!  During renovations to Straub Hall, we will be located at 1715 Franklin Boulevard.  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.  It does take time for ETS to score the analytical section of the GRE and send official exam results (up to five weeks) so please plan accordingly. 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. To help with this process, please look over their websites to learn about their research interests and read some of their publications. See Faculty Research Interests. (A complete list of Faculty Research Interests is also provided as an attachment below.)

To Apply:

Begin the University of Oregon Graduate Application (available on this site October 1, 2014). Select the major Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences.  When you submit the application, 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) in a safe place as you will be able to view the progress of your application and track the receipt of letters of recommendation.

Required Application Materials (all due by December 1, 2014, 5:00pm Pacific time):

1.    University of Oregon Graduate Application and Psychology Department Application (combined as one and available on this site on October 1, 2014 for Fall 2015)

2.    Personal Statement

Upload as a PDF your 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 (name, position, institution, email). References will receive an email from us inviting them to fill out our online reference form and upload their letter of recommendation. Throughout the application process, you can return to your application to view which letters have arrived.

5.    Official Transcripts 

Upload as a PDF transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. You will also need to 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

Upload as PDFs a recent class paper, thesis, or article and your curriculum vita/resume.

7.    Official general GRE scores

Upload as a PDF your official GRE score report and request that ETS send official results to us. We only require the general GRE, not the subject test. To have your results sent to us, please give ETS both 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) 

Upload as a PDF your official TOEFL score report and request that ETS send official results to Institution Code 4846. A minimum of 88 on the IBT exam OR minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS exam is required by the University of Oregon.

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


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