Graduate Admissions

Each year, the psychology department reviews applications for the clinical psychology and experimental psychology programs. The clinical psychology program seeks an incoming class of 8-14 students per year, and the experimental psychology program seeks an incoming class of 8-12 students per year. Both programs admit new students to begin in August.

Ordinarily, full-time enrollment is required, and at the present time, we do not offer online or distance courses at the graduate level. Admission is competitive and is influenced by the overall quality of the applicant’s record, including grades, letters of recommendation, research experience, and clinical experience (clinical program only). The department is committed to recruiting and training students from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the APA’s Center for Workforce Studies to be underrepresented in the psychology workforce (source), students with disabilities, students with diverse identities related to gender and sexual orientation, and students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including first-generation college students .

Our program uses a mentor model, which means that each graduate student works with a specific faculty member on research, although cross-lab collaboration is also encouraged. We encourage applicants to review the faculty research topics and reach out to mentors whose research is of interest. Each faculty member who plans to accept a student reviews the applications and makes decisions, along with input from other program faculty, about which applicants to interview. These decisions are often made based on how well the applicant’s research interests match those of the faculty member, as well as the applicants’ potential for success in graduate school based on the criteria listed above. After the interview, faculty members consult with other program faculty to make final admissions decisions.


Please note that we do not have terminal master’s programs. Students may apply to our PhD programs with either the BA/BS or MA/MS.

How to Apply

See How to Apply for detailed information about applying to our graduate programs.

Note: The GRE General Test is optional for admission to the Fall 2022 class.

Application Deadlines

The department will consider clinical applications submitted through November 15. Experimental applications may be submitted indefinitely, with a preference for those received by November 15.

Letters of recommendation should be received by the department by December 1 for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Interviews for health and geropsychology applicants will interview January 28, experimental applicants will interview on February 4, and child and psychology-law applicants will be held on February 11.

Admission offers are made by March/April of each year.

Financial Assistance

The psychology department seeks funding for every incoming graduate student. No special application for financial assistance is required. Funding decisions are made on an individual basis, around the time that admission offers are communicated.

More Information

Online prospect inquiry form: The department administrator, as recorded in admin-roles, will automatically receive a well-formatted inquiry by email; in addition to that, the system will save the prospect data, allowing you or your graduate recruiter to log in for data retrieval and follow up.

Mary Beth Hubbard, our graduate programs assistant, is also available for questions; contact her at (205) 348-1919 or