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All prospective grad school applicants should purchase book on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). We recommend an official guide from ETS (Educational Testing Service), the test's author. There is a difference between the official questions you will be asked on the exam and the practice questions contained in all other books. Also we have a library of other great resources to help to prepare for the test.

Graduate Psychology School

Graduate psychology school is very competitive has especially high educational standards. A doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) or Ph.D. degree is typically required to be licensed as a clinical or consulting psychologist. Ph.D. and Psy.D. holders also work in a range of teaching, research, clinical, counseling positions. Master’s degree programs exist, but qualify holders for a much more limited range of work. (In fact, many top psychology schools do not even offer master’s programs.)

graduate psychology schoolDoctoral programs in psychology usually require five years of full-time post-baccalaureate study. The graduate psychology school class size is often small, with many schools accepting fewer than 20 new students each year. Competition for admittance to clinical psychology programs is especially keen. Top schools may review twenty or more applications for each class space.

The following table lists some highly regarded graduate psychology programs.

School Notes
Stanford University
Student Services, Department of Psychology
Jordan Hall, Bldg. 420, Room 100
450 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-2130Tel: (650) 725-2400
Email: ipshitas@stanford.edu
Ph.D. and coterminal masters

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 157
Verbal: 165
Writing: 5

The Department of Psychology
The University of Michigan
1004 East Hall
530 Church Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109Tel: (734) 764-2580
Email: psych.saa@umich.edu
Ph.D. (Embedded masters is not stand alone)

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 164
Writing: 4.5

Department of Psychology
Yale University
P.O. Box 208205
New Haven, CT 06520-8205Tel: (203) 432-4500
Email: Lauretta.Olivi@yale.edu
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 158
Verbal: 165
Writing: 5

The Department of Psychology
The University of Illinois – Champaign Urbana
603 East Daniel Street
Champaign, IL 61820Tel: (217) 333-0631
Email: psych-gradstdy@illinois.edu
MA, MS and Ph.D.

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 156
Verbal: 163
Writing: 4.5

Psychology Department
University of California – Los Angeles
1285 Franz Hall
Box 951563
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563Tel: (310) 825-2961
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 157
Verbal: 165
Writing: 5

Psychology Department
Harvard University
William James Hall
33 Kirkland Street
Cambridge MA 02138Tel: (617) 495-3800
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 157
Verbal: 166
Writing: 5

Department of Psychology
The University of Minnesota
S246 Elliott Hall
75 East River Road
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0344Tel: (612) 626-7762
Email: psyapply@umn.edu
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 161
Verbal: 163
Writing: 4.5

Department of Psychology
The University of Pennsylvania
3720 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6196
Tel: (215) 898-7300Email: web@psych.upenn.edu
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 159
Verbal: 165
Writing: 5

Psychology Department
University of California – Berkeley
Room 3210, Tolman Hall #1650
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1650Tel: (510) 642-5292
Email: psychadmin@berkeley.edu
Ph.D. only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 159
Verbal: 166
Writing: 5

Department of Psychology
The University of California – San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0109Tel: (858) 534-2230
Email: psycadvising@ucsd.edu
Ph.D. in experimental psych only

Est. Avg. GRE:
Quant: 162
Verbal: 162
Writing: 5

Nearly all of these average GRE scores are estimates as many schools don’t report their averages and some that do only publish scores from some years back. Where masters and Ph.D. programs are both offered, our averages are composites for both. Finally, please remember that averages are just that. Some applicants will be successful with below-average GRE scores and some will need to score about the average to be competitive.

Note: This table and graph were last updated in April 2016.