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Become a Member

Become a Member

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. There are no annual Society dues, but there may be local chapter dues.2 Please contact the faculty advisor at your chapter for more information.

Requirements for Membership

  • 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 credit 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)3
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses
  • If the new institution transfers both credits and grades: follow the same requirements as the undergraduate student applicants, unless the chapter's bylaws4 specify more stringent academic requirements for transfer students
  • If the new institution transfers credits but not grades: complete at least 12 semester credit hours and 9 psychology credit hours or equivalent at the new institution, unless the chapter's bylaws4 specify additional requirements—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
  • be accepted into and enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program
  • have completed at least 9 semester credit 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)
  • 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
  • fulfill either category below
    1. nonfaculty graduates or part-time faculty members.
      • 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
    2. full-time faculty members.
      • 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.


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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. Hazing is not sanctioned or allowed.

1 Countries with medium or low incomes may be prorated at 80 or 60 percent. Additionally, a processing fee of $5 will be required for potential members of chapters that utilize Psi Chi’s individual payment system.
2 To keep membership dues affordable, chapters may choose to add an additional chapter fee of no more than $27.50.
3 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.
4 Chapter bylaws must not be in conflict with the Psi Chi Constitution.

Robert Cialdini

Robert Cialdini

Arizona State University
Distinguished Member

"I enjoyed my involvement with Psi Chi as an undergraduate . . . Psi Chi is one of the things that solidified my interest in pursuing graduate-level psychology."

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