Graduate Program Admission Requirements

**Due to COVID-19 pandemic the Psychology Department is committed to being flexible and inclusive in our review of applications for graduate admission for 2021-22.  We understand that the pandemic will have disrupted many people's undergraduate experiences including finishing theses or preparing for the GRE. Please contact us if you have any questions.

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 Fees

Information on Graduate Admissions Fees are available on the link below.  We know that costs can add up when applying to graduate programs. Note that there are several possibilities for reduced fees described on that webpage so be sure to check to see if you are eligible.

https://www.unl.edu/gradstudies/admissions/requirements#appfee

Admission Requirements

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, letters of recommendation, previous research involvement, and relevant work or volunteer experience. We do not use firm cut-offs for GPA. 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.  Given difficulty preparing and accessing the general GRE during the COVID-19 pandemic, the general GRE is not required for admission in fall 2021 and fall 2022.

  • B.A. or B.S. degree with a major in psychology or related field
  • Undergraduate course in statistics or research methods (or equivalent)
  • Competitive applicants typically have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or others who can attest to the student's potential sent electronically through the online application
  • Personal statement
  • 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.

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