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Membership in Psi Chi is open to students who are majoring or minoring in psychology, and attend an institution where a chapter is located. Qualified candidates include those of any age, sex, sexual orientation, race, handicap or disability, religion, national and ethnic origin, and who meet the minimum qualifications.
The Psi Chi Society membership fee is $55.1 This one-time fee pays for lifetime Psi Chi membership, a certificate of membership, and a membership card. There are no annual Society dues, but there may be local chapter dues. Please contact the faculty advisor at your chapter for more information.
 
Requirements for Membership

Undergraduate students

  • be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
  • have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
  • have completed at least 9 semester hours or equivalent of psychology courses
  • have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)2
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses

Graduate students

  • be accepted into and enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program
  • have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate psychology courses in that program
  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses including psychology courses
  • meet their graduate program's requirements (e.g., if specific courses require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0)

Transfer students

  • follow the same requirements as the undergraduate student applicants
  • complete at least 12 semester hours or equivalent of psychology coursework at the new institution unless the chapter's bylaws specify fewer hours—check with your local chapter

Transfer students who are already members of Psi Chi

  • may select to contact the Psi Chi faculty advisor at the new institution to complete an online transfer of membership form

Faculty advisors

  • must be full-time faculty members at the institution
  • primary advisors must hold a doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field
  • coadvisors may hold either a master's or doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field
  • must be members of Psi Chi, but may be inducted into Psi Chi when selected

Alumni

  fulfill either category below
 
a. alumni inductees.
 
have graduated before the school had a chapter of Psi Chi approved and installed
 
have met the current membership standards based on their final transcript
 
b. faculty members. 
 
are full-time faculty members at the institution
 
hold a master's or doctoral degree in psychology or a closely related field


In order to join, you must qualify for membership and join through the chapter where you are currently a student or faculty member.

 

NOTE: Psi Chi chapters may not impose any type of service activity as a condition for membership in Psi Chi—membership eligibility is based on academic performance. Psi Chi chapters may use more stringent academic criteria for membership than those required in the Psi Chi Constitution, but they cannot use lower academic standards than those required in the Constitution.

1 Countries with medium or low incomes may be prorated at 80 or 60 percent.
2 If the top 35% cutoffs are not available, a minimum 3.3 GPA rule may be used as long as the selected cutoff truly represents excellence among peers.
 


What I gained from
Psi Chi membership.
Meagan C. McKernan
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2011

"The induction Ceremony will forever hold a special place in my heart. When you love a subject so much and you have worked incredibly hard within the field itself, to be recognized as such is a phenomenal feeling.”

Eric Levine
Robert Morris University, 2013

"I learned that the field of psychology is applicable across many different domains. There is a way to connect to nearly every person, student or professor, using some form of psychological principle." 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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