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Graduate Program Application Information

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Check-off Form
January 15th Deadline

At Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, we offer three of the leading psychology masters programs in Illinois, as well as a specialist degree in school psychology. Our unique location--just 22 miles from St. Louis, Missouri--provides students with outstanding professional and recreational opportunities. As is typical of the highest-quality psychology graduate programs that require fieldwork, we offer only full-time programs with almost all classes occurring during the day.

A complete psychology graduate application file contains all of the materials listed below.

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1. Psychology Application Form (rtf format) (pdf format)

2. Goal Statement/Statement of Purpose
Your goal statement should contain approximately 500 words.

3. Resume
Following your goal statement, please include a resume which summarizes relevant academic and work experiences.

4. Three Letters of Recommendation (rtf format) (pdf format)
It is preferable that your letters of recommendation come from professors who can discuss your academic performance and potential.

5. Assistantship Application (rtf format) (pdf format)
This two-page application (please complete both pages) is required if you are interested in obtaining an assistantship within the psychology department. (Additional assistantships are available in other SIUE departments, as described below.) The Department of Psychology Graduate Assistantship Application must be mailed to the department, not the graduate school.

In 2012 and 2013, more than 90% of first-year graduate students obtained assistantships. Some of these assistantships were in the psychology department but others were in other SIUE departments. Note that although start dates for assistantships are almost always at the beginning of the fall semester, some SIUE departments do not begin hiring until July or August.

6. Official GRE Scores
The General Test is required. The Psychology Subject Test is optional. Your GRE scores are only one of several pieces of information we use to evaluate your application and we do not use a minimum cut off score. Among recently admitted applicants, GRE score averages have been in or near the 40th-50th percentile range.

7. Graduate School Application and $30 Application Fee (Graduate School Application Form)
This is separate from the Psychology Application Form. A copy of this application form is sent from Graduate Admissions to us after processing. If you need to contact the Graduate School, the phone number is (618) 650-3010. The Graduate Catalog, policies and other information for graduate students is available at

8. Official Transcripts
A copy of your official transcripts will be sent from Graduate Admissions to us after processing. We do not use a minimum cut off score for grade point averages, but over the last several years, the average grade point average of accepted applicants has been in the 3.3 to 3.8 (out of 4.0) range.

All application materials should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions
Box 1047
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

A check-off form (in pdf format) is included to assist you in the completion of your application. The admissions committees evaluate each carefully completed application and consider several factors along with your grades and test scores.

Unless applicants request otherwise, the contact information of applicants who are rejected from psychology graduate programs may be shared with other, similar graduate programs at SIUE. This gives applicants who are not admitted to a psychology program the chance to learn about other SIUE graduate programs for which they may be a good fit. For example, an applicant who is rejected from the industrial/organizational psychology program may be recommended to the admissions committee of the Instructional Technology program (a program which can involve some coursework in corporate training).

If you object to being contacted by another SIUE graduate program after the psychology department has made a decision about your application, please notify the Graduate Secretary via email. A request to keep your contact information within the psychology department will not affect your chances of admission to a psychology graduate program.

Program Course Prerequisites

All graduate programs in our department have these prerequisites*:

Introductory Psychology
Statistics (behavioral science statistics)
Research Methods/Experimental Psychology (a course about data collection, analysis, and reporting)
Psychological Tests and Measurements

* If you are missing one or two prerequisites for any program, you may still be provisionally accepted. Provisional acceptance comes with an understanding, established with the faculty in the program to which you've been admitted, that you must take any missing prerequisite course and earn a "B" or higher grade before your program begins. Details of any such arrangement will be described in your admission letter. The prerequisite courses which appear on this page may be taken at SIUE or another accredited institution. These courses are normally available each summer at SIUE.

Additional prerequisites for each program are as follows:

Theories of Personality/Personality Psychology
Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
Physiological Psychology/Biopsychology

* Previously known as the "clinical-adult" program

Child Psychology/Development or Adolescent Psychology/Development
Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology

Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

GRE Requirements
All applicants are required to take the General GRE. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is optional. Information regarding the GRE can be obtained from

New students are admitted to begin the program in the fall semester (which begins in late August) only. All application materials are due January 15th. (The deadline is not February 1st as some older web pages that are still retrievable through search engines suggest.) However, applications for graduate school fellowships and awards are sometimes due a few days before January 15th, so please check the graduate school's web page and apply early. Applications will continue to be reviewed until all available positions in each program are filled. 

Psychology Graduate Assistantships
Departmental graduate assistantships are available to some psychology students who are admitted. (Assistantships available to psychology students, but administered by other departments at SIUE, are posted here. Some advice about obtaining assistantships outside the department appears in the psychology discussion forum. Each year, all or almost all first-year students obtain assistantships somewhere on campus, although some of the hiring does not occur until July or August.) Students who receive assistantships get a stipend and tuition remission. The application for assistantships administered by the Department of Psychology is available in the numbered list at the top of this page.

Graduate School Financial Aid
The Graduate School offers a variety of awards to support graduate students. Please consider applying for a Competitive Graduate Award or Graduate Scholar Award. Other awards, such as Research Grants for Graduate Students and Travel Grants, are available to current SIUE graduate students. Additional information regarding graduate student financial aid can be found on the Financial Aid web site.

International Students
We welcome applications from international students. Please refer to the web site of International Student Services for helpful information.

You can visit the University Housing web site at for information about on-campus and off-campus housing.

Additional Information
The SIUE Office of the Registrar has information regarding class schedules and course descriptions. You can also view information about tuition and fees online.

The Department of Psychology adheres to the University's Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action policy in its admission procedures and strongly values diversity.

The SIUE Annual Security Report contains safety, security and crime information. This report is published in compliance with Federal law, entitled the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act."

If you need any additional information or clarification beyond the information provided here, please contact our part-time Graduate Secretary by email or call (618) 650-2203.

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