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Admissions Requirements & Statistics

Because of the COVID pandemic, we will not require students to submit GRE scores for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who can obtain scores (i.e., it is feasible and can be done without risk) should submit them as part of our holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for our program. The CSPR,  I/O, and QPM programs, in particular, strongly encourage applicants to submit GRE scores, if possible. 

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:s:

  • 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 the 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: Because of the COVID pandemic, we will not require students to submit GRE scores for the Fall 2021 admissions cycle. Applicants who can obtain scores (i.e., it is feasible and can be done without risk) should submit them as part of our holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for our program. The CSPR, I/O, and QPM programs, in particular, strongly encourage applicants to submit GRE scores, if possible. Please see below for our typical GRE admissions statistics. 
    • 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, typically recommend that applicants also provide the GRE Subject Test in Psychology score. Please submit these scores if possible this year.
      • (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. Review the International Students page 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