Applying for Graduate Study in the Department of Psychology

*In light of the ongoing pandemic, two alterations have been made for this year to the application and admission process for our Clinical doctoral program. First, while submission of GRE scores is recommended, this will not be required. Second, any interviewing of applicants will be conducted remotely rather than in-person.*

When applying for graduate study in Psychology at Wichita State University you must submit the following items:

  • Official Transcripts from the university(ies) you attended.
  • GRE is not required this year (Fall 2020), but submitting the scores is encouraged.
  • Personal Essay - A 2-3 page statement that addresses your past experiences, reasons for applying to Wichita State, and future ambitions. Instructions for your personal statements differ per program. Please look below for the specific questions for the programs.  
    • Clinical-Community Questions
      1. Please list life, work and research experiences relevant to your application, and describe the nature of those experiences.
      2. What do you hope to achieve during your graduate education?
      3. What kind of work in psychology would you like to be doing seven or eight years from now? Detailed information concerning specific applied and research interests would be helpful. 
      4. With which faculty member would you initially wish to work and why? If you have no preferences at this time, also let us know. 
      5. Provide any other information that you believe would further support your application.
    • Human Factors Questions 
      1. Please list life, work and research experiences relevant to your application, and describe the nature of those experiences.
      2. Please briefly describe your writing and quantitative skills. Example documentation should be submitted as supplementary material. This may include papers submitted for course work such as literature review papers, research methods and analyses papers or proposals, publications and/or R-code scripts from analysis projects where you played a primary role. 
      3. What do you hope to achieve during your graduate education?
      4. What kind of work in psychology would you like to be doing seven or eight years from now? Detailed information concerning specific applied and research interests would be helpful.
      5. With which faculty member would you initially wish to work and why? If you have no preferences at this time, also let us know. 
      6. Provide any other information that you believe would further support your application.
    • Community 
      • Does not have any specific questions to be answered.
  • 3 letters of recommendation.
  • Please provide a CV with your application.
  • If applying to the Clinical-Community or Human Factors program, please provide a writing sample (published article, thesis, or class project).
  • You may also include any supplemental information about your honors, scholarships, employment, volunteer work, as well as any articles, presentations and/or projects if you feel this would strengthen your application.

Follow the Graduate School Application Checklist to complete your graduate study in Psychology application.
To create an account and begin the application process please click here


For questions regarding the online application process please contact the Psychology Department office at 316-978-3179, or email Dr. Brendan Clark (c.brendan.clark@wichita.edu), Judy Barnes (judith.barnes@wichita.edu), or Marci Nelson (marsyl.nelson@wichita.edu). You can also contact the Graduate School office at 316-978-3095, or by email at wsugradschool@wichita.edu.

Important Application Dates

  • Dec 1st — Clinical completed application material due
  • Jan 15th — Community completed application material due
  • Jan 15th — Human Factors completed application material due
  • April 1st — Admissions and assistantship decisions communicated to applicants
  • April 15th — Deadline for student acceptances of offers tendered by Department of Psychology

Financial Support

We make effort to provide students with financial support at the highest level possible. Financial assistance may come in the form of scholarship, teaching or research assistantship, or College Work Study support. Students receiving work study support often perform the same duties as teaching or research assistants. At the time of completing this application you are sliongly urged to complete the standard FAFSA financial aid form.