Application Instructions for Graduate Programs in Psychology

The application process for our graduate programs is mostly the same across programs, but there are slight differences, so please be sure to read each section’s instructions and information.

Deadlines for application submission:

Health Psychology PhD

  • December 1st (all concentrations)

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • March 1st

School Psychology (MA/CAS)

  • January 15th


Step 1

Complete the ECU Department of Psychology Supplemental Application, which can be found here. This application is a required portion of your application, and if it is not completed, your application may not be reviewed. To complete the application, you will need access to your college transcript(s), GRE scores for every time you have taken it, and the electronic versions of your "statement of purpose" and CV so that you can paste them into the application. For more information about the supplemental application, click here.


Step 2

Complete the ECU Graduate School application, and make sure to include and have ready all the pieces outlined in the bulleted list below. Once you’ve read the information on this page, the direct link to the Graduate School online application can be found here.  For additional information, click here to go to the ECU Graduate School homepage. if you have problems with the Graduate School Application, click here. You can also find a a two-part video tutorial on completing the application here and here.

Here is how to select the correct application for your program:

Health Psychology PhD

  • For Application Type, select "Doctoral"
  • For First Choice of Study, select "Health Psychology PHD"
  • For Concentration, select "Clinical Health", "Occupational Health", or "Pediatric School"

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • For Application Type select "Masters"
  • For First Choice of Study select "Psychology-General – MA"


School Psychology (MA/CAS)

  • For Application Type, select "Doctoral"
  • For First Choice of Study select "MA/CAS School Psychology"

Step 3

Monitor the status of your application and check your email regularly for correspondence from staff or faculty from the ECU Department of Psychology. If you have questions or concerns about checking the status of your application, please read about that information here.

For general FAQs that often come up during the application process, please read the information on this page.


Additional Information Regarding the Application Process


Common questions/problems with the supplemental application:

"CV" is short for curriculum vitae, and it is rather like a resume that is focused on your academic history and achievements, rather than your professional work history (unless that work history is closely tied to the program you are pursuing). You can find many resources online to help you create a CV.

You may email it directly to our Graduate Program Assistant (Rachel Baker, bakerr@ecu.edu)

Our supplemental application is not directly connected to the Graduate School's application system, so it takes them longer to notice when a supplemental application has been completed. When you complete the supplemental application, an email is automatically sent to the Graduate School's email (gradschool@ecu.edu) and the Graduate Program Assistant for the Department of Psychology. Your application processor at the Graduate School will have to conduct a manual search of the Graduate School's email account when they are working on your application, and then they are able to upload the application to your virtual file and mark the requirement as complete. This takes time, especially when application season is in full swing (generally the time period between November and March). Give itat least a week, if not more, to show up. The earlier you get the supplemental application in, the better. There is a possibility that you didn't actually finish the application—there is a final submission arrow that applicants sometimes forget to click. If you want to check that, go back to the supplemental application as if you were going to submit it again. Sometimes, the application will take you right back to where you stopped, but other times, your progress was not saved and you will have to submit again. If you are concerned that your application was not received, and when you go back into the application, it takes you back to the very beginning, please email our Graduate Program Assistant to see if your application was submitted.


Common questions/problems with the Graduate School application:

Please review the information in the table just above about how to select the correct program. The MA/CAS program is nested under Doctoral programs instead of under Master's programs.

You will need to contact the Graduate School, because they maintain and administer this application - the Department of Psychology can only read the materials you submit once the Graduate School has processed them, so you will need to ask them to fix your issue. Their email address is gradschool@ecu.edu and their phone number is 252-328-6012.

This answer is copied directly from the Graduate School’s “Apply” site (found here):

Your checklist will contain the item "Final Transcript." This is used for the Graduate School to record that we have received the transcript that shows your awarded undergraduate degree. If your program's deadline comes before or close to your undergraduate graduation, please submit a current transcript. Your application will continue to be processed and we will send it to the program for review without your final, degree awarded, transcript. Once you graduate and your degree is posted to your transcript, please have another transcript sent to the Graduate School to meet this Final Transcript checklist requirement.


Information and FAQs about the application fee:

  • The fee is $70.00
  • You will be prompted to pay the fee at the end of your application, but if you submit without paying then, you can pay here, at the U-store.
  • The site accepts MasterCard and Visa only.
  • If you cannot pay online, please contact the Graduate School to discuss other options.
  • Note: You will not be able to access the areas of the application that allow you to upload your statement of purpose or the email addresses of your letters of reference until your application fee has cleared.

Yes, for McNair scholars, and for full-time permanent employees of East Carolina University.

  • To get the waiver as a McNair scholar, select the “Pay Later” option at the end of the application and have your advisor or program director in your current program send an email to the Graduate School confirming your status as a McNair scholar.
  • To get the waiver as an employee, select the “Pay Later” option at the end of the application and contact the Graduate School by email (gradschool@ecu.edu) to request a waiver of the application fee.

Contact the Graduate School at gradschool@ecu.edu or by phone at 252-328-6012, and let them know. The Graduate School maintains and administers that application, so only they can fix your issue.


Information and FAQs about the letters of reference in support of your application:

  • Once your application fee has cleared, you should be able to log back into your Graduate School application to get access to an area that will allow you to input the email addresses of the individuals who will be writing your letters of recommendation. Information about the number of letters and types of letters each program requires can be found in the table below.

Health Psychology PhD (all concentrations)

  • 3 letters required
  • Prefer letters to be from psychologists

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • 2 letters required

School Psychology (MA/CAS)

  • 3 letters required
  • Prefer letters to be from psychologists

Please see the information above - you will not have access to the area that allows you to input the email addresses of your letter writers until your application fee has cleared.

Please contact the Graduate School at gradschool@ecu.edu or by phone at 252-328-6012. The Graduate School maintains and administers that application, so only they can fix your issue.

It will depend on the type of relationship you had with that reference and how much information they can provide about your ability to succeed in graduate school. References from other faculty with whom you’ve worked will likely serve you better in this regard than non-academic professional references, unless you worked in an area that is connected to your program of study.


Information and FAQs about the statement of purpose

  • Even though you submitted a statement of purpose with the supplemental application, you will also need to submit a copy of that same statement through the Graduate School's application as well - your application will not be considered complete unless you submit it to the Graduate School's application.

There are no word or page limits for the statement. Your statement should describe your relevant experience, research interests and goals. You should also address why you are applying to our specific program, and you should identify the faculty with whom you would like to work. You may also take the statement as an opportunity to explain any weaknesses in your application.

Did you make sure to upload it to both the Graduate School application and the supplemental application? Sometimes applicants think that if they have uploaded it to the supplemental application, their processor will mark that requirement as complete, but that requirement will not be considered complete until it is uploaded to the Graduate School application.


Information and FAQs about GRE scores

  • Have your official scores sent to ECU - our university code is 5180 (ECU doesn't use department codes - just a university code).

Contact the Graduate School at gradschool@ecu.edu or by phone at 252-328-6012 to see if they can give you any information, but be prepared to contact ETS to have another copy of your scores sent.

Our graduate programs are reluctant to name any minimums, simply because the GRE is only one piece of your application and many factors are taken into account whenever an admissions decision is made. Generally, scores at the 50th percentile rank or better in each section are competitive, though for the Clinical Health concentration of the Health Psychology Ph.D., scores in the 60th percentile are more likely to be competitive.

No - at this time, none of our programs require the Psychology GRE Subject Test. They only require the General GRE.

The only program that sometimes waives the GRE requirement is the School Psychology MA/CAS degree.All other programsrequire that you submit your GRE scores as part of your complete application. Those scores cannot beolder than 5 years old, or they will not be accepted.


Information and FAQs about transcripts

Transcripts should be submitted electronically through a secure transcript service such as Parchment, e-Scrip, or Avow, to gradschool@ecu.edu, or mailed to the Graduate School at the following address:

ECU Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Hall, Mail Stop 570
Greenville, NC 27858

Yes. Here is what the Graduate School's Admission Information "Apply" Page (found here) says about this requirement:

"ECU requires official transcripts from all institutions attended, even if it was only for a single course. Transfer credit posted on transcripts of another institution is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the actual institution attended. An original transcript is always required - no faxes or email attachments. ECU uses the National Student Clearinghouse to view institutions you attended and transcripts from schools appearing on the National Student Clearinghouse report will be required."

You will need to contact the Graduate School at gradschool@ecu.edu or by phone at 252-328-6012 to see if they have perhaps received your transcripts, but have been unable to process them yet. Please keep in mind that transcripts take the longest of all materials to process, particularly if they are sent through mail rather than through one of the secure electronic services. This is because they have to be opened and manually matched to your application, then scanned and uploaded to your virtual file. This can take quite some time, especially since so many applicants have more than one transcript, and the Graduate School is processing the transcripts for many programs at the same time.


Common questions/problems with checking your application status:

This answer is copied directly from the Graduate School’s FAQ site (found here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/gradschool/About-Us-Frequently-Asked-Questions.cfm):

"The status of your application can be obtained online at the Admissions website. Please give 2 weeks processing time before checking your status after submission. You must retain your created Login ID and PIN to use this feature. If you have a question about your incomplete application, contact the Graduate School by phone 252-328-6012 or email gradschool@ecu.edu. If your application status shows Completed, you can contact the Director of the Graduate program for which you applied with any questions. Please allow 2 weeks of processing time before contacting the program director."

This answer is copied directly from the Graduate School’s FAQ site (found here):

"The status of your application can be obtained online at the Admissions website. Please give 2 weeks processing time before checking your status after submission. You must retain your created Login ID and PIN to use this feature. If you have a question about your incomplete application, contact the Graduate School by phone 252-328-6012 or email gradschool@ecu.edu. If your application status shows Completed, you can contact the Director of the Graduate program for which you applied with any questions. Please allow 2 weeks of processing time before contacting the program director."