Since competition for admission is keen and facilities for training are limited, it is only the student of exceptional promise who can be reasonably confident of securing admission. Moreover, since the Department of Psychology does not have master's degree programs, all applicants are evaluated in terms of their potential for completing the doctorate.
Admission Requirements of the School of Graduate Studies
Regular admission to the Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies is granted to those applicants who:
- Have earned a 4-year bachelor's degree in a college or university of recognized standing
- Are recommended for admission by the department in which they intend to study
The Rackham Graduate School Online Application can be found here.
Breadth and Quality of Undergraduate Preparation
The department regards a broad undergraduate background in the natural, physical, and social sciences as the best preparation for graduate study in psychology.
A laboratory course in experimental psychology and a course in statistical methods are strongly recommended, but particular deficiencies in undergraduate preparation in psychology may not disqualify an otherwise acceptable applicant. Since each area sets its own criteria for admission, undergraduate interests deemed unsuitable by one faculty committee may be acceptable to another. At the same time, it is virtually impossible for an applicant to be accepted provisionally with the aim of making up serious deficiencies in undergraduate preparation. The number of fully acceptable applicants always greatly exceeds the number admitted.
Admission Requirements of the Department of Psychology
Acceptance of an applicant by the department is based on a review of all available evidence predictive of probable academic success and eventual professional achievement of a high order. However, since there are many highly qualified applicants for each available position, it is necessary to turn away some students who undoubtedly could succeed in a doctoral program.
General Qualifications for Graduate Work
Most students with an undergraduate grade-point average between "A" and "B" probably could perform satisfactorily in a graduate program. However, competition for admission is so intense that applicants actually invited to enter training are likely to have an "A-" average or better. An applicant with no better than a "B" average, to be seriously considered, would probably have to offer strong evidence that they are in fact capable of a higher level of achievement.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all applicants. The subject test in psychology is not required but is strongly recommended for applicants to the Clinical Science Area. Registration information is available on the GRE website.
It is strongly recommended that applicants take the tests at an early date, preferably the summer before application. If test scores have not reached the department by the December 1st deadline, the applicant may be disadvantaged.