Psi Chi

International Honor Society in Psychology

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of:

  • encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship;
  • and advancing the science of psychology.

Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psycholgical Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

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 the college course
  • have completed at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) of psychology courses
  • have earned an overall GPA that is in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology courses

Graduate student applicants

  • be enrolled in a psychology graduate program
  • have completed at least one full semester of graduate coursework
  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.00 in all graduate courses, including psychology courses

Transfer student applicants

  • follow the same requirements as the undergraduate student applicant
  • should complete at least 12 semester hours (or equivalent) at the new institution in order to establish a GPA unless otherwise specified in the chapter's bylaws

Transfer student applicants who are already members of Psi Chi

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

Faculty advisors

  • must be full-time faculty members at an institution and hold a doctoral degree in psychology
  • must be members of Psi Chi (as required in Psi Chi Constitution Article XII, Section 7)

Faculty members

  • be full-time faculty at an institution
  • be a faculty member in a psychology department
  • hold a doctorate in psychology, or a closely related field 

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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