The department receives approximately 320 applications for graduate admissions each year. On average, 25 students are accepted, of whom about 12 choose Northwestern for their graduate studies.
The average Verbal GRE score of students admitted to the department of psychology is 165. The average Quantitative GRE score of students admitted to the department is 160. The psychology subject test is not required.
For admitted students, the average GPA from their Junior and Senior years in college is 3.60. Undergraduate psychology courses are not required, but in-depth research experience in psychology or related areas such as biology, engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, etc., is strongly encouraged.
Note to International Applicants
The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 577 for the paper-based test and 233 for the computer-based test, 90 or higher on the internet based test.
- Supplementary Material: copies of published or submitted research reports
- Undergraduate/Graduate Degree: no preference given to master's degree nor undergraduate psychology majors
- Coursework Background: sufficient to demonstrate both interest in and ability to do research in chosen field of psychology
- Relevant Research or Experience: none required, but preference given to applicants with demonstrated ability in conducting research
- Other: The Department of Psychology will not require GRE test scores for the Fall 2021 application cycle due to the current COVID-19 health crisis.