Admission Requirements & Application Process

To Prepare for the Fall 2023 application process, 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 February 28, 2022, GRE results are not required nor accepted for Fall 2023 doctoral admissions. 

application materials checklist


  • Online application form:

    The application for Fall 2023 will become available in early October 2022. *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. 
  • 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) describe your level of contribution to any research projects you have been involved in, and how your research experiences (e.g., professional work, research, volunteering) so far inform your interests 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. This should include the following items: Educational History, Employment/Volunteer History, List of Publications, Presentations, Awards and Honors, Teaching and Research Experience, Skills and Interests.
  • Diversity Statement:

    Upload as a PDF, please limit your statement to 500 words. The University of Oregon's Psychology Department strives to create an inclusive learning environment grounded in the values of access, equity, and diversity.  For more information, please visit our Committee for an Inclusive Community's website.  In this brief statement (limit of 500 words), please tell us how you will contribute – based on your professional, volunteer, or lived experiences – to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and university.
  • Writing sample:

    Upload as a PDF a recent class paper, thesis, or article.
  • Transcripts:

    Upload as a PDF your unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to the Educational History section of the online application. 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 more information about transcripts here.
  • 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