Graduate Program Admission Requirements

Our Online Admissions System

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be submitted electronically. We are no longer able to accept paper applications.

Admission Requirements
  • B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in psychology (see below if you are a non-psychology major)
  • Laboratory course in experimental psychology (research methods)
  • Undergraduate course in statistics
  • Typically a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale (see below if your GPA is below 3.5)
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or others who can attest to the student's potential sent electronically through the online application.
  • Personal statement
  • Graduate Studies application (completed online)
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Written), photocopy
  • GRE Subject Test is recommended if not a psychology major
  • Law Psychology joint degree applications (JD, MLS) require an additional application.  For the JD you must also apply to the Law College, for the MLS you must submit an additional application through Graduate Studies. Instructions for the Law and Psychology program application may be obtained on Law and Psychology webpage.

In making admissions decisions, match with a current faculty mentor is an important consideration. Applicants should mention in their personal statements specific faculty members with whom they share research interests. Emphasis is also placed on GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, previous research involvement, and relevant work or volunteer experience. We do not use firm cut-offs for GPA or GRE scores. Applications are evaluated in their entirety; relative strengths in one area are sometimes viewed as compensating for relative weaknesses in another area. We do not require the Psychology subtest of the GRE. However, applicants needing to demonstrate basic knowledge in the field of psychology (e.g., those who did not major in psychology) are encouraged to submit Psychology subtest scores.

Further questions may be directed to Jamie Longwell (jamie.longwell@unl.edu).