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Graduate Admission Requirements

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Preferred deadlines for application are February 1 for fall admission, October 1 for spring admission and May 1 for summer admission. Applications received after the preferred deadlines are still reviewed and admissions are offered according to availability. Admission is based on multiple criteria including evaluations of applicant’s academic potential, GRE scores, and grade point average (GPA); see table below. The GRE scores below will be used until the new norms are published.

*Application to all Clinical Psychology programs requires an acceptable score on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE.

* GRE/GPA Requirements: 

Using the following table, an applicant must obtain a total score of 5 points (GPA + GRE) AND score no less than one point in either category (GRE or GPA) to be considered for admission to the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology.


GPA Points   

GRE Total   



GRE Points 

3.50-4.00 5 318 84th 60 5
3.25-3.49 4 304 70th 55
3.00-3.24 3 297 50th 50 3
2.75-2.99 2 285 30th 45 2
2.50-2.74 1 277 16th 40 1


Application Checklist

Step 1) Apply to The University of Texas at Tyler through Office of Graduate Admissions

  • Apply online via our online application and pay application fee
  • Send official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Send official GRE scores

Step 2) Send additional Information to Department of Psychology & Counseling (complete packet preferred)

Application to University

Students should begin by applying to UT Tyler Office of Graduate Admissions via our online application.   This includes either paying online or mailing the required application fee. Note: a copy of this online application does not need to be sent to the department.


Submit complete transcripts reflecting the reception of a Bachelor's degree and any other relevant undergraduate and graduate coursework. Students who have not completed their Bachelor’s degree at the time of application should send their most recent incomplete transcript. Students should request official academic transcripts be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions. It is preferred that students also send an unofficial copy of their academic transcripts to the Department of Psychology & Counseling for faster application processing. Any request by the student for acceptance of graduate transfer credit should be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Students seeking admission to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Psychology degree programs must fulfill the following undergraduate prerequisites or the equivalent:

Prerequisites (Clinical Psychology Students Only)

  • Introductory Psychology
  • Psychological Statistics
  • Experimental Psychology
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Physiological Psychology (Required of applicants seeking the M.S. only)
  • Psychopharmacology (Required of applicants seeking the Neuropsychology subplan only)

Admission to the graduate degree programs is not dependent upon prior completion of the undergraduate prerequisites. However, students should complete these courses during their first two semesters in the program.

Graduate Record Exam

The Department of Psychology and Counseling requires official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores to be submitted for admission consideration. Please be aware that only the General Test is required. GRE scores must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to our Office of Graduate Admissions. The university code for The University of Texas at Tyler is 6850. The total score of both the quantitative and verbal section is reviewed according to the point system above. Students who hold a prior graduate degree do not need to report GRE scoresMore information on the GRE.

International Students (TOEFL/IELTS):

The minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores are 560 on the paper and pencil test, 220 on the computer-based test, or 87 on the internet-based test (TOEFL/IBT), or overall band score of 7.0 (IELTS). TOEFL and IELTS test scores are valid for only two years.

Information for the Department of Psychology and Counseling

Department Supplemental Information Form

After application to the Graduate School, students will need to apply to the Department of Psychology and Counseling, directly. Please print and complete the Department Supplemental Information Form.

Statement of Purpose

As outlined on the Department Supplemental Information Form, you will need to complete and submit a statement of purpose. “Describe your future educational and career goals and explain how the psychology program at UTT Tyler would fit into these goals. How does the psychology program correspond to your particular plans, needs, and previous background and experiences? (Not to exceed two typewritten pages.)”

Evaluations of Applicant's Academic Potential

Three evaluations of your academic potential are required. Applicant sheet form.  While complete department applications are preferred, it is possible to have your rater complete the form electronically and send it via e-mail to Evaluations should be anonymous; therefore, if you include them in your packet, please ensure they are in a sealed envelope that has been signed along the closure by the person who completed it.

Application Submission

Submit the Department Supplemental Information Form, your statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and unofficial or partial transcripts to:

Matthew Carrillo, Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Psychology and Counseling
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Boulevard
Tyler, Texas 75799

Graduate Assistantships

 Information about graduate assistantship