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. The department is committed to recruiting and training students of color and students with disabilities.

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: Our program has eliminated the GRE General Test for admission to the Fall 2021 class. We will NOT consider GRE scores for applications submitted for this application cycle. Applicants should not submit their GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements. If GRE scores are submitted, these scores will not be considered when the application is reviewed. However, applicants may still consider taking the GRE because external fellowships from other institutions (i.e., outside of The University of Alabama) may require scores for future applications.

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 2021-2022 application cycle. Interviews for child and psychology-law applicants will be held on January 29; health and geropsychology applicants will interview February 12, and experimental applicants will interview on February 5.

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 mary.b.hubbard@ua.edu.