Graduate Program in Developmental Psychology


To apply for admission to our program in  developmental psychology, be sure to have the following completed and turned in by February 1:

  • Complete the online application form and send your fee of $40.
  • Send three letters of recommendation. The Graduate School has forms for the individuals who write your letters to complete.
  • Send your official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Send your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores to NIU.  NIU's code is 1559.
  • Send a 1-2 page personal statement that includes your overall goals for graduate study, which psychology curricular area you are interested in (e.g., developmental psychology), and relevant prior academic and/or field experience.
  • On the Graduate School application, note that you are pursuing the M.A. degree even if you are interested in the Ph.D.  You will work toward your M.A. first so that is the degree to indicate on the application.
  • All of the above materials should be sent to: The Graduate School, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2864.

For strongest consideration for admittance candidates typically:

  • Should complete and send in your application by February 1. Early application is strongly encouraged.
  • Have a B.A. or B.S. in psychology, although other related majors may be considered
  • Have earned a strong undergraduate GPA; typically above 3.30
  • Have strong GRE scores; typically over 1000 (Verbal + Quantitative)
  • Have strong letters of recommendation
  • Have relevant research experience
  • Note that the Department of Psychology admits only full-time students.

Assistantship decisions are made following admissions decisions.

For further information about graduate study in developmental  psychology at NIU, contact:

Bradford H. Pillow, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115-2895