How to Apply to a Psychology Graduate Program

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Please understand that if all parts of the application are not complete, we will not be able to consider your application. Sending your materials on time ensures that your application will be processed in a timely manner. Print this and use it as a checklist throughout the application process. International applicants may need to provide additional information directly to the Office of International Affairs, please see the link for more information:


Complete the IUPUI Online Application:

  • Selecting the correct admission term:
    • You must wait until the correct admission term is active in the online application before submitting your application. This will typically be in August, the year prior to admission (ex: Fall 2018 application opens August 2017).
    • You will see Spring and Summer as options in the online application. Psychology only admits for Fall; do not select Spring or Summer as your admission term. Selecting Spring or Summer as your admission term may result in the cancellation of your application.
  • Selecting the correct program and plan:
    • As you complete the Online Application, you will need to indicate your intended program and plan in the "Application Information" tab. Please use the following information to complete the degree, program, and plan questions:
      • Applied Social and Organizational Psychology PhD: Doctoral/PhD, Psychology (Indiana University), Applied Social & Organizational Psy PHD
      • Addiction Neuroscience PhD: Doctoral/PhD, Psychology (Purdue University), Addiction Neuroscience PhD
      • Clinical Psychology PhD: Doctoral/PhD, Psychology (Purdue University), Clinical Psychology PhD
      • Industrial/Organizational Psychology MS: Masters, Psychology (Purdue University), Indistrial Organizational Psychology MS
  • Departmental Questions 
    • Please download the departmental questions document, fill it out (ensuring your answers save), and upload it to the "Departmental Information" tab of the online application under "Additional Uploads". 
    • If you can't save the document with your answers: Fill out form, initiate the print command (Ctrl+P), select "Adobe PDF" as the printer, click "print". You will be prompted to choose a location to save the .pdf, and your answers should be saved. If that doesn't work, you may print and fax (317-274-6756) or mail your document.
  • Personal Statement 
    • Your 2–3 page explanation of why you want to enter this program. Upload your document to the "Departmental Information" tab of the online application under "Personal Statement".
      • Please disregard any instructions in the application to restrict your statement to 500 words.  
  • Letters of Recommendation 
    • Three confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided by professionals (consider faculty members, administrators, internship/co–operative education supervisors, and employers.) who are familiar with the applicant’s work and strengths.
    • There is a section of the online application that will allow you to list your letter writers. After you submit your application, an electronic request will be sent to the email addresses you provide with a link to the the applicant rating form and an area to for your recommender to upload a letter of recommendation. This will link the letter directly to your application, and is the preferred method of receiving letters of recommendation. If your letter writers do not want to use the electronic system, and would prefer to send their letters by mail please see the next section for instructions. 
    • Do not ask your letter writers to email their letters directly to the department.
    • Please see the eApplication Management for Students document for instructions on how to check the status of your recommendations and how to send reminders.
  • Curriculum Vitae (OPTIONAL)
    • You may upload a copy of your curriculum vitae to the "Departmental Information" tab of the online application under "Additional Uploads" if you would like. This is entirely optional.
  • Application Fee 
    • ($60 U.S. and International) paid online with Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
    • The application fee may be waived if you have participated in one of the programs listed on the "Additional Information" tab of the application. 
      • If you select one of the programs listed, you must upload proof of participation to the Additional Uploads section of the "Department Information" tab when completing the application. 
      • If no proof of participation is attached with the submitted application, you will be contacted by the Graduate Office to pay the application fee. The application fee must be paid before the application deadline, or your application will not be reviewed.
      • Programs that qualify for a fee waiver include:
        • AmeriCorps
        • Bepko Scholar
        • Bridges fo the Doctorate
        • Fullbright Scholar
        • Herbert STEM Scholar
        • Herbert Fellow
        • Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
        • McNair Scholar
        • SPEA Exec Education
        • MSECE with EW Emphases (Crane)
        • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
        • SROP
        • Project Lead the Way Teacher
        • Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
        • Teach for America
        • Peace Corps


All materials must be submitted to the Psychology department before the graduate committee will review your file. Mail the following to:

IUPUI Department of Psychology
attn: Graduate Application
402 North Blackford Street, LD 124
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202-3275

  • Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from every college attended sent directly from your school to our department – 2 Transcripts Per College are required if you are sending paper transcripts. 
    • Secure, certified official digital transcripts sent from your University are also accepted! Digital transcripts must be sent directly from your University to and only one copy is needed for digital transcripts. 
      • Important notes regarding electronic transcripts: Digital transcript services that will only send digital transcripts to the IUPUI main admissions offices or that have viewing expiration dates are not accepted. Transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse Transcript Ordering service typically have viewing expiration dates.
  • Letters of Recommendation (N/A if you sent the electronic request through the eApplication) 
    • Three confidential letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be provided by professionals (consider faculty members, administrators, internship/co–operative education supervisors, and employers.) who are familiar with the applicant’s work and strengths. 
    • If your letter writers would prefer to send their letter by mail, please download the Recommendation Form to accompany the letter. 
    • Your letter writer may send the letter directly to the department at the above address, or you may send them with the rest of your materials. In either case, the letters must arrive in a signed, sealed envelope.
    • You will still be prompted to list your letter writers on the online application. In the case that all of your letter writers prefer to mail their letters of recommendation, please list their names but use the email address so that we have record of them on your application.
  • Exams (GRE & TOEFL)
    • GRE and/or English language proficiency scores sent directly to us from Educational Testing Service. Unofficial scores will not be accepted for application review except in extenuating circumstances.
    • GRE and TOEFL codes: IUPUI institution code: 1325
      • No specific department code is needed.


Top applicants will be invited to visit the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis campus in order to interview with the faculty, meet current graduate students, and familiarize themselves with the University and the surrounding community.

Application Deadlines 

All application materials must be received by the following deadlines (Students admitted for fall enrollment only):

  • Clinical Psychology: December 1st 
  • Addiction Neuroscience: December 1st
  • Applied Social and Organizational Psychology: January 1st
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology: February 1st 

Applications will be processed in the month leading up to the application deadline for each program. If you would like to check to see if all of your materials have been received, you may email Please be patient in waiting for a response due to the volume of applications received.