We invite you to join us in the graduate study of psychology. We offer programs in six areas:
- Clinical psychology
- Cognitive and instructional psychology
- Developmental psychology
- Neuroscience and behavior
- School psychology
- Social-industrial/organizational psychology
Our programs integrate basic and applied aspects of psychology. You'll gain an understanding of the theoretical content of your area, as well as the research skills needed to become a competent and creative investigator.
We'll prepare you to succeed in academic settings, as well as in a variety of mental health, educational, physical health and organizational settings. If you focus on clinical, school or industrial/organizational psychology, you'll receive practicum experience to develop your skills in those areas. If you focus on school psychology, you can pursue certification as a school psychologist at the same time.
Approximately 115 students enroll in our programs each year. This includes about 25 students who are either in internships or completing their dissertations while working off campus.
Our programs lead to Ph.D. degrees. You'll complete a master's degree with a research thesis as part of your program of study. The exception is school psychology, which offers a master’s +30, as well as the doctoral degree, both of which include professional educator licensure.
You must be enrolled full time (at least 12 credit hours per semester) throughout your graduate program. We do not offer a part-time option. All classes take place on the DeKalb campus. We do not offer online or night classes.
In general, we'll provide you with financial assistance if you're making satisfactory progress in your program. The support is usually in the form of a research or teaching assistantship, which includes a partial waiver of your tuition costs.
Your application materials will be reviewed by faculty members in your area of study, not by the department as a whole. You'll be evaluated with respect to your potential to complete a Ph.D. degree (except for applications to the school psychology master’s +30 program).
Applications are accepted for fall admission only. All application materials must be received by the appropriate deadline below to ensure priority consideration.
(admission for the following fall semester)
|Clinical Psychology||Dec. 1|
|Cognitive and Instructional Psychology||Feb. 1|
|Developmental Psychology||Feb. 1|
|Neuroscience and Behavior||Jan. 15|
|School Psychology||Dec. 1|
|Social-Industrial/ Organizational Psychology||Jan. 15|
Northern Illinois University
Department of Psychology
Psychology-Computer Science Building, Room 400
DeKalb, IL 60115
Graduate Studies Assistant