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International :10 Dec 

MA Psychology

 Course Level
Masters / PG
Full Time

2 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

26502 USD
12266 USD

Application fee

International 90 USD
National 70 USD
Department of Political Science
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)104
TOEFL-PBT (min)607
GRE (avg)330
GMAT (avg)659

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About this course

The Department of Psychology offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy. Doctor of Philosophy programs are offered in the following areas of psychology:

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Clinical/Community
  • Cognitive
  • Developmental
  • Quantitative
  • Social-Personality
  • Industrial-Organizational
  • Visual Cognition and Human Performance

A Master of Arts degree is awarded to students in the doctoral program as an intermediate degree. Master of Science programs are offered as terminal degrees in only two areas: personnel psychology and measurement psychology.


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Eligibility Criteria

Minimum requirements for admisson

  • All applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit the results of the TOEFL or IELTS as evidence of English proficiency.
  • Official scores are required to be submitted directly from TOEFL/ETS or IELTS (please see instructions below for Submitting Official Scores regarding our institution code and program number).
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.
  • Important, please note: Individual academic programs may require a higher score, or evidence of spoken English language proficiency; contact your proposed program of study office for the minimum TOEFL, TSE, or IELTS requirement for admission.
  • Test information and instructions for requesting official scores
  • TOEFL (Test of english as a foreign language)
  • Website: www.toefl.org

TOEFL Services at Educational Testing Service (ETS):

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the TOEFL should request the Educational Testing Service send scores to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code number 1836.

IELTS (International english language testing system)
IELTS is jointly owned by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia: IELTS Australia.

Website: www.ielts.org

Requesting Official Scores: Applicants who have already taken the IELTS should upload their score report forms directly to the online application.


 Graduate applicants may be exempt from providing a TOEFL or IELTS score if one of the following criteria is met:Completion of at least two years of post-secondary full-time study, as defined by the home institution, in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary medium of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Completion of a graduate degree in a country where English is the primary language and at an institution where English is the primary language of instruction, within five years of the proposed term of initial enrollment.

 English Proficiency- Test Minimum for Limited Status Admission with English as a Second Language Placement Test Required*-Minimum for Full Status Admission

  • TOEFL iBT 79-102 greater than 102
  • TOEFL CBT 213-253 greater than 253
  • TOEFL PBT 550-610 greater than 610
  • IELTS (academic exam) 6.5 with a score of 6 or higher in all sub-sections greater than 6.5

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Course Modules

The thesis is expected to be a report of original empirical or library research. The Master of Arts is not designed to prepare a student for a professional position. It is, rather, a step toward the Ph.D. Note that the department does not require that students obtain a master's degree, but a master's-level research report must be submitted to the department as part of the Ph.D. program.

  • Course work hours 32
  • PSYC 599 Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree) 0-8

Total Hours 32

Other Requirements1
Other requirements may overlap

  • The Master of Arts degree is awarded as an intermediate degree to candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree who have satisfactorily completed 32 graduate hours of graduate work and written a master's thesis. 
  • Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 12
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75

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How to Apply

We appreciate your interest in the Department of Psychology's graduate training programs and welcome your application for admission. Applying to the graduate program in psychology at the University of Illinois requires that you submit:

  • University Graduate Application Form including personal statement, CV, and application fee
  • Unofficial Transcripts (will be uploaded while completing the application) - Official transcripts may be requested later in the review process
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (Submitted electronically through your application)
  • Graduate Record Examination Test Scores (Subject test recommended but not required)

International Applicants must also submit:

Additional transcript requirements
Evidence of English Proficiency - please note the Psychology Department requests english proficiency exam scores even if the Graduate College exemption qualifications are met in order to determine teaching eligibility
Students who are requesting F-1 or J-1 visa eligibility documents are required to submit Proof of Funding Documentation
To be considered for admission for Fall 2017, applicants must complete the University Graduate Application form and submit all required materials by December 10, 2016. If you are unable to submit materials electronically, you may send to Psychology Graduate Admissions, 603 E Daniel, Champaign, IL 61820.  Call (217) 333-2169 or [email protected] if you have any questions or concerns.  If your contact information changes after applying, please notify us immediately. 

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