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Admission to Graduate Programs

If you are interested in applying to either the Ph.D. or MS program, then you will need to complete the following steps:

1. Complete the online application that is available at the following website:
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          SELECT  -  Create an Admissions Account (follow the instructions to complete the online application)
2. Send the following application materials to the address below.
          -Official transcripts providing evidence of an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution.  
          -Official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended.
          -Official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
          -Three letters of recommendation submitted directly to the graduate school by individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for graduate-level study and scientific research. Here is the link to the recommendation form that these individuals will need to complete.
          -A statement of purpose that describes the applicant’s interest in the program, research interests, and career goals.
          -Proof of English language proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB) if required.

Mailing address:
Oakland University 
Graduate Admissions 
520 O'Dowd Hall
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

The Department of Psychology will begin reviewing applications on January 15th. Applicants who are interested in the Ph.D. program should submit their applications by January 15th. We will continue accepting applications for the MS program until May 15th.

Please contact Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill ( if you have any questions about this process.

It is important to note that we do not offer degrees in the applied areas of psychology (i.e., clinical, counseling, or school). This means that students who graduate from our program will not be eligible for employment in applied settings (e.g., our graduates cannot apply for licensure as a mental health provider in Michigan). However, students interested in applying to Ph.D. programs that specialize in the applied areas of psychology may benefit from the research training we provide in our MS program.