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.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
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology
- 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)
- follow the same requirements as the
undergraduate student applicants
- complete at least 12 semester credit 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
- may select to contact the Psi Chi faculty advisor at
the new institution to complete an online transfer of membership form
- 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
|a. 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
|b. 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.
|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 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.
What I gained from
Psi Chi membership. Meagan C. McKernan
University of Massachusetts,
"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
"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."
Robert Morris University, 2013