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Admissions Requirements & Application Process

*The University of Oregon has modified its operations to safeguard the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the community due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak and many of us our working remotely.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lori Olsen at

To prepare for the Fall 2021 application cycle:

  • Update regarding GRE and TOEFL/IELTS testing: As of April 6, 2020, ETS now offers at home testing worldwide. Please visit this link to learn more about the equipment and environment requirements for testing at home.
  • 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 April 1st to allow time for the official results to arrive before the May 15th application deadline.  It can take up to 5 weeks for us to receive results, 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.  Lack of official GRE scores is the top reason for incomplete applications.
  • 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 total band score for the IELTS exam. Please have official results sent to the University using Code 4846.
  • International Applicants, please review information provided by our University’s Graduate School regarding required documentation here.
  • Assess your interest in our professors. While completing the departmental online application, you will select up to three 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. Not all of our professors are accepting master’s students for fall, please review their research interests for the latest information.  See Research Interests of our Faculty.
  • Review the Individualized Master’s Program Description.

Required Application Materials for Fall 2021 (all materials must be received by the application deadline of May 15, 2021):

  • The application for Fall 2021 will become available on this site in early April 2021 with an application deadline of May 15 2021.
  • *Important:  As you begin the application, please be sure to select “Psychology – Masters” as your Major, within the College of Arts and Sciences. Note:  Please keep your login credentials (username and password in a safe place as you can continue to work on your application until your payment is made or the May 15th deadline passes.  When you submit the application, a $70.00 non-refundable fee is collected by the Office of Admissions ($90.00 non-refundable fee for international applicants).  Once submitted, you can return to your application to monitor the receipt of your letters of recommendation and official GRE scores.
  • Three letters of recommendation. The online application requests contact information for each reference (name, position, institution, email address, phone number). References will receive an email from us inviting them to fill out our online reference form and upload their letter of recommendation. After submitting your application, you can return to your application to view which letters have arrived and send remember emails to those not yet received.
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Purpose. Upload as a PDF your 2-4 page document. This should (a) discuss your main research interests, ideas and questions; (b) explain how your 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 education; and (d) discuss how your plan of study relates to the research interests of the faculty you would like to work with.
  • Curriculum vita/Resume. Upload as a PDF your curriculum vita/resume.
  • Diversity Statement. Upload as a PDF your 1-2 page document. This should discuss how you, because of your background, interests, or plans, will contribute to the diversity/inclusivity of our department and university.
  • Writing sample. Upload as a PDF a recent class paper, thesis, or article.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Upload as a PDF your unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • You must also send official transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have (or soon will) received a degree to:  Office of the Registrar, 5257 University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-5257.  See Transcripts
  • Official GRE scores.  Upload as a PDF your GRE report and request that ETS send official results to us (we do not receive scores electronically). We only require the general GRE, not the subject test. To have your results mailed to us, please use Institution Code 4846 and Department Code 2016. The official results must reach us by the May 15th deadline.  It can take up to 5 weeks for us to receive results, even for the computer test.  Please plan accordingly.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores (International applicants only). Upload as a PDF your TOEFL or IELTS report and have official results sent to Institution Code 4846.  A minimum of 88 on iBT or minimum of 7.0 total band score on IELTS required.
  • International Applicants, please review information provided by our University’s Graduate School regarding required documentation here.

Information on application fee waivers is available via the Graduate School’s website.  Waiver requests must be made at least ten business days prior to the application deadline.

You might also consider reviewing the Cost of Attendance located on the Registrar’s website.

Information on the Committee for an Inclusive Community (CIC) website.

Information on housing and available via the Housing Department’s website.  Information on child care is available at website.

Information on required immunizations is available via the University Health Center’s website.

Information about Eugene website and Lane County website.

For information about the Psychology Program or the application process, please contact:

Graduate Secretary
Phone: (541) 346-5060