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Admissions Requirements & Statistics

Due to our program's national and international prestige and generous financial support packages, admission is very competitive. Because our programs draw many more applicants each year than the number of available openings, the Department of Psychology has established the following admissions requirements and guidelines:

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent: The degree must be earned by the start of the program in the fall.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA at or above a 3.0: Note that this is according to University of Minnesota Graduate School requirements and that we recommend a GPA much higher. See our admission statistics below.
  • 12 semester credits (three to four courses) of college-level psychology coursework beyond introductory psychology: It is recommended that coursework include at least one course in introductory statistics or introductory psychological measurement.
    • For the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program, a course in abnormal psychology or its equivalent is also required.
  • GRE General Test: We recommend aiming for scores in the 70th percentile or higher in both the quantitative and verbal reasoning areas. See our admission statistics below.
    • All of our graduate programs, with the exception of the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program, recommend that applicants also provide the GRE Subject Test in Psychology score.
      • The Industrial / Organizational Program considers this as key for admission decisions. The absence of a score does not bar to admission to the I/O program; however, students without a score are at a disadvantage.
      • All applicants to the Counseling Program are strongly encouraged (but not required) to submit GRE Psychology subject test scores.
  • (For international students) TOEFL or IELTS scores: All non-native English speakers, with the exception of those who earned their undergraduate degree in its entirety at an English-speaking institution, must provide TOEFL or IELTS scores. See the information for international students link for specific instructions.

In addition to performance in the above requirements, applicants will also be considered based on all other application materials, with a particular emphasis placed on prior research experience and interests.

Admissions Statistics

The number of applicants admitted each fall varies from year to year; however, generally enough applicants are accepted to ensure an entering group of approximately 20-25 students for the department as a whole. The following table shows the number of applicants that applied and matriculated. Also included are the average GPA and GRE percentile scores of those admitted.

Year of Entry 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total Applications 524 478 428 452
Total Matriculated 29 27 21 24
Average GPA 3.7 3.8 3.7 3.82
GRE Average Percentile 2016 2017 2018 2019
Quantitative (percentile) 83 85 77 80
Verbal (percentile) 83 90 84 89
Analytical (percentile) 67 81 72 75