Admission Requirements & Application Process
The doctoral application for Fall 2018 will become available during the first week in October 2017. The application deadline for receipt of all materials (please see list below) is December 1, 2017.
To prepare for the Fall 2018 application cycle, please review the following:
- Take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam). The GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, analytical/writing) is required of all applicants. The GRE Subject Test is not required. Applicants should take the general exam no later than November 1st to allow time for the official results to arrive before the December 1st application deadline. It can take up to 5 weeks for us to receive results, even for the computer test. Please plan accordingly as we do not receive electronic scores. The code for the University of Oregon is 4846 and the code for the Department of Psychology is 2016. Both codes must be used.
- 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 using Code 4846.
- Assess your interest in our professors. While completing the departmental online application, you will select up to four Psychology Professors 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 Research Interests of our Professors. (A complete list of Research Interests is also provided as an attachment below.)
Required Application Materials for Fall 2018:
- Complete the online University of Oregon Graduate Application and Psychology Department Application (combined as one) will be available the first week in October 2017); select “Psychology – Doctoral” as your Major, within the College of Arts and Sciences. You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can continue to work on your application until your payment is made or the December 1st deadline passes. When you submit the application, a $70.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions. Once submitted, you can return to your application to view the receipt of your letters of recommendation and official GRE scores.
- Personal Statement. Upload as a PDF your 2-4 page document. 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 professors you would like to work with.
- Three letters of recommendation. The 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.
- Official Transcripts. Upload as a PDF transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. You must also send official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to: Office of Admissions, 1217 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1217.
- Writing Sample. Upload as a PDF a recent class paper, thesis, or article.
- Curriculum Vita/Resume. Upload as a PDF your curriculum vita/resume.
- Official general GRE scores. Upload as a PDF your 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 as we do not receive electronic scores.
- 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.
Interview Dates: Interviews for the Clinical area will be held on January 20, 2017 (invitations will be made by Jan 13). Interviews for the Cognitive/Neuroscience/Systems, Developmental, and Social/Personality areas are scheduled for January 27-29, 2017 (invitations will be made by Jan 20).
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For information about the Psychology Program or the application process, please contact:
Phone: (541) 346-5060
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