Admission Requirements & Application Process


To prepare for application process for Fall 2022, please review the information below.

If you need assistance, please contact Lori Olsen

pre-application checklist

  • Find potential faculty mentors:

  • 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 graduate students for fall, please review their research interests for the latest information.  Learn more about our faculty and their research interests here.
  • 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.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE):

    As of May 5, 2021, GRE results are not required nor accepted for Fall 2022 doctoral admissions. 

application materials checklist


  • Online application form:

    Our application for Fall 2022 is now available here. *Important:  As you begin the application, select “Psychology – Doctoral” 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 December 1st 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. 
  • Quick Preview of the Application:
    • Thank you for your interest in the Psychology Doctoral Program here at the University of Oregon. As we continue to work on the application, we would like to provide more details on three items:
      • If you will be applying to our clinical doctoral program, the application will ask that you upload a brief statement (250 words or less) about the reasons behind your desire to pursue clinical training as part of your Ph.D., including how it will inform your research.
      • From the list of professors that are available to serve as a primary mentor, you will be asked to select the professor you are most interested in working with (top choice).  As of 10/11/2021, the following professors have noted they are available: Melynda Casement, Robert Chavez, Caitlin Fausey, Ben Hutchinson, Brice Kuhl, Robert Mauro, Margaret Sereno, Elizabeth Skowron, Matt Smear, Sanjay Srivastava, Nash Unsworth, Maureen Zalewski Regnier, Dasa Zeithamova Demircan.
      • To help us understand the breadth of your research interests, the application will also ask that you indicate your interest in the research of up to four psychology professors that closely align with your own. Your selection should include your top choice from the above list. If seeking clinical training, at least one must be a clinical professor. The list will include all tenure-track psychology professors, even if they are not available to serve as a primary mentor.
  • 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. After submitting your application, an online checklist becomes available and you can monitor receipt of your letters. At least three letters of recommendation must be received by the application deadline of December 1st. 
  • Personal statement/statement of purpose:

    Limit your statement to 2-4 pages and upload in PDF format. 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:

    This will be uploaded as a PDF, please limit your statement to 500 words. 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.  Official transcripts sent to Admissions will automatically be forwarded to the Registrar’s Office. See more information about Transcripts.
  • Official TOEFL scores (international applicants only):

    Upload as a PDF your TOEFL or IELTS report and have official results sent to Institution Code 4846.


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

Graduate Secretary
Phone: (541) 346-5060