Admissions Requirements & Statistics

Please note that our areas of specialization have varying requirements for the GRE General and Subject tests in the Fall 2022 application cycle. You can see below for complete details. 

Due to our program's 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
    • This is the University of Minnesota Graduate School requirement. We recommend a higher GPA. Please see the information below from the matriculating cohorts of Fall 2018 through Fall 2021:
      • Mean GPA = 3.78
      • Median GPA = 3.85
      • Standard Deviation = 0.21
  • 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 CSPR Program, a course in abnormal psychology or its equivalent is also required.
  • GRE General Test
    • Please note that our areas of specialization have varying requirements for the GRE General and Subject tests in the Fall 2022 application cycle: 

Area

GRE General Test Requirement

GRE Psychology Subject Test

Cognitive and Brain Sciences (CAB)

Will not require students to submit GRE scores. If submitted, scores will not be considered.

If submitted, scores will not be considered.

Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research (CSPR)

Will not require students to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for the program.

Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment.

Counseling Psychology

Will not require students to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for the program.

Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment.

Industrial/Organizational Psychology (I/O) 

Requires the GRE.

Applicants who have scores should submit them for the program’s evaluation.

Personality, Individual Differences, and Behavior Genetics  (PIB) 

Requires the GRE.

Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment 

Quantitative/Psychometric Methods (QPM) 

Will not require students to submit GRE scores. Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE if it is feasible and can be done without risk. Applicants who can obtain scores should submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for the program.

Applicants who can obtain scores should submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment.

Social Psychology

Will not require students to submit GRE scores. Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment of applicants’ qualifications and fit for the program.

Applicants who have scores may submit them as part of the program’s holistic assessment 

  • We recommend aiming for scores in the 70th percentile or higher in both the quantitative and verbal reasoning areas. See our admission statistics below.
  • (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. For our previous admissions data, please visit The Graduate School’s program statistics webpage.