Psychology - Quantitative Psychology
The Quantitative Psychology graduate sequence focuses on the use of quantitative methods in the solution of problems in theoretical and applied psychology. The sequence provides critical foundation preparation for advanced graduate study and can facilitate entry into careers in community college teaching or in the business-industrial sector.
The objectives of the sequence include building a solid foundation of basic psychological principles that help students to understand and explain human behavior. Students are trained to be adept at using computers and technology in data collection, management, and analysis based on a proficiency in common statistical software packages as well as using the Internet in data collection and analysis.
The master's degree can be completed in two years with full-time enrollment on campus.
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The Quantitative Psychology sequence focuses on the use of quantitative methods in the solution of problems in theoretical and applied psychology. The sequence provides critical foundation preparation for advanced graduate study and can facilitate entry into careers in community college teaching or a variety of careers in the business-industrial sector.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a master's program must:
- Have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university prior to fall admission
- present unofficial transcripts from each college or university other than Illinois State at which graduate, undergraduate, or non-degree credit was earned. The unofficial transcript should be easily readable and clearly indicate degree(s) awarded, courses and course grades for each term. If accepted, official transcripts can be emailed from the university to GraduateAdmissions@IllinoisState.edu or mailed in a sealed envelope to: Graduate School, 209 Hovey Hall, Campus Box 4040, Normal, IL 61790-4040.
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions website.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
Complete your application by January 1.
Admission is offered only for the fall semester and is very competitive. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission offers are sent in March. The Council for Graduate Schools stipulates that an applicant has until April 15 to accept or decline an admission offer. Some admission offers may be delayed until applicants notify the department that they are declining admission.
To be considered for this program, you must meet the following requirements.
You must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or 3.0 GPA for 9 hours of graduate coursework.
You must have completed at least 21 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including:
- General Psychology
- Experimental Psychology or Research Methods
- Psychological Statistics
You’ll also need to have a proficiency in math. This includes:
- Passing grade in Finite Math or Pre-Calculus (MAT 120, 144, or equivalent)
- B grade or better in Psychological Statistics (PSY 340 or equivalent) or a score 144 or higher on the Quantitative Reasoning section of the GRE General Test
If you have not completed the required undergraduate courses, you may still be admitted. Missing courses will be added to your curriculum and must be completed during your first year of graduate study.
The GRE is not required for Fall 2022 applicants and will not be used to evaluate applicants. The GRE may be submitted to establish math proficiency. If you wish to submit GRE scores, use institution code 1319.
Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Include a curriculum vitae or resume that lists your experience. This can be paid or unpaid experience, internships, volunteer work, etc. Include the following information.
- Employer or organization
- Business addresses
- Nature of the experiences that are relevant to being admitted to the graduate sequence
- Received academic honors and awards
- Date received
- Explanation of what the honor or award recognizes
- Research experiences, skills, and accomplishments
In 2-3 pages double spaced, address the following:
- Your Professional and career goals
- Research interests and experiences
- Qualifications for admission to this graduate sequence
- How your interests and goals fit with this graduate sequence
Recommendation Contact Information
Provide the names and email addresses for three individuals who will write a letter of recommendation for you.
Writing Sample (Optional)
A writing sample is optional for this sequence. If you choose, you can upload a scholarly paper (5-15 pages long).
Applicant Interview Day – Friday, March 4, 2022
Some applicants may be invited to visit the department during the spring semester. The Applicant Interview Day schedule includes meeting with current graduate students and other invited applicants, interviews with faculty members, lunch, and a late afternoon social. Invited applicants will be contacted by the graduate coordinator.
- Fall (August) Term — January 1
- Spring (January) Term — No spring admission
- Summer (May/June) Term — No summer admission
The University provides graduate assistantships as a means of financial support. They are intended as a way to facilitate a student's progress to degree while providing important professional development.
To be eligible for an assistantship a student must, generally:
- Be admitted as a degree-seeking student to a graduate program
- Be in good-standing
- Be enrolled full-time (typically at least 9 graduate credits) during the fall or spring semesters
Graduate assistants receive:
- Monthly wages paid in the form of either a stipend or an hourly wage
- A waiver for 100% of tuition during a semester of appointment
- A waiver for up to 12 credits of tuition for the summer term immediately following a fall or spring appointment
The department awards graduate assistantships to applicants who accept admission. Graduate assistantships are subject to verification of employment eligibility under U.S. immigration laws and the receipt of anticipated state funding by the University.
See Student Accounts for information on tuition and fees. Funding for graduate students is available from several different sources. Students who have been admitted from contiguous states including Iowa, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, and Wisconsin will receive in-state tuition.