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 10-15 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, GRE scores, 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.

If you are a prospective student, we invite you to spend a little time here in our website getting to know our programs. Also, please feel free to contact Mary Beth Hubbard, graduate program assistant, to help you decide if one of our programs might be right for you. She can also be reached by phone at 205-348-1919.

Application Deadlines

The department will consider clinical applications submitted through December 1. Experimental applications may be submitted indefinitely, with a preference for those received by December 15. However, due to the large number of applications received and the time it takes to process them, we strongly recommend you have your application documents (application/fee, statement of purpose, GRE scores, and transcripts) submitted to the Graduate School a few weeks before the deadline.

Letters of recommendation should be received by the department by December 1 for clinical and December 15 (preferably) for experimental. Admission offers are made by March/April of each year.

Learn more about the application process on our Graduate Application Steps page. 

Financial Assistance

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

More Information

Graduate Catalog

Graduate School application

Financial support

Information for international applicants

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, B.S., Graduate Programs Assistant, is also available for questions and comments at (205) 348-1919 and mary.b.hubbard@ua.edu. Fax #: (205) 348-8648