Please be sure that each part of your application is complete and sent to the appropriate office before the deadline. We can evaluate your application only after it is complete. Thus, failure to follow the procedures below will result in a delay in the evaluation of your application.
STEP 1: Complete the Application Form
Applications should be completed online through the Graduate School’s application center. This link connects you to the major information needed to complete an application. There are a few specifics that relate to the psychology department:
- In Box 4 (proposed major) of the application, select “psychology PhD.”
In the box beneath that, indicate the specific program and concentration to which you are applying (Clinical: Clinical Child, Clinical Health, Clinical Geropsychology, or Psychology & Law; or Experimental: Cognitive, Developmental, or Social).
- For proposed entrance date, select August.
- In addition to the application forms, you will complete a statement of purpose (also on-line). In your statement of purpose, describe your specific interests, your previous research or applied experience, and your career goals. It is a good idea in your statement of purpose to note two or so possible faculty mentors whose interests most closely match yours. There is no required length.
STEP 2: Pay the Application Fee
STEP 3: Send Transcripts to the Graduate School
One official copy of your transcript from all previous colleges and universities you attended should be ordered from the colleges or universities and mailed directly to
Graduate School Admissions
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0118
Undergraduate coursework in general psychology, statistics, and research methods are typically required for admission. Other desirable undergraduate courses include developmental psychology, physiological psychology, social psychology, abnormal psychology, cognition, learning, sensation and perception, history and systems, mathematics, and natural science.
The minimum GPA required for regular admission is 3.0. However, successful applicants typically exceed this minimum. Conditional admission may be granted if GPA is below 3.0 but other credentials are outstanding.
STEP 4: Send Recent GRE scores to the Graduate School
Arrange for Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send your Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores directly to the University of Alabama Graduate School (Institution Code: 1830). The GRE General Test, which contains verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing sections, is required, and it must be less than 5 years old.
The GRE Advanced Psychology Test is recommended, particularly for the clinical program, but not required. The minimum score required for regular admission is 300 (verbal and quantitative combined); however, successful applicants typically exceed this minimum. Conditional admission may be granted if scores are below 300 but other credentials are outstanding.
STEP 5: Send Letters of Recommendation to the Psychology Department
Three letters of recommendation are required. These should be written by professors or supervisors who are familiar with your academic ability and career aspirations. There is no longer a recommendation form.
Letters of recommendation may be submitted online through the Graduate School website, mailed directly by the letter writer, or mailed in a packet by the applicant. Letters sent by postal mail should be placed in an envelope with the writer’s signature over the seal and mailed to:
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
Department of Psychology
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348
Please give letter writers accurate information about where to mail the letter and when the deadline is. Letters must be received by the application deadline to ensure full consideration. It is a good idea to provide each letter writer an addressed stamped envelope marked with the deadline date and to remind them when the deadline nears. If letters are late or go to the wrong address, your application may not receive full consideration.
Supporting documents (CV, writing sample, etc.) may be uploaded on the Graduate School website or sent by postal mail to the department.
STEP 6: Check the Status of Your Application
You may check the status of your application online as long as you remember the PIN you entered when you submitted your application. Also, the Graduate School notifies applicants by letter as to the status of their applications.
Note: The Graduate School forwards applications to the Department of Psychology only after all materials listed above have been received, with the exception of recommendation letters, which are sent directly to the psychology department.