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.

 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:

Academic Information

  • For planned course of study, select “Psychology PhD.”
    In Specialty Area, indicate the specific program and concentration to which you are applying (Clinical: Child, Health, Geropsychology, or Psychology & Law; or Experimental: Cognitive, Developmental, or Social).
  • For proposed entrance date, select fall 2020.
  • Documents may be uploaded in Supporting Documents at the time of completing the application, or you may come back to this at another time. You may also enter information of those who will write your letters of recommendation (see below for more information regarding supporting documents and letters of recommendation).
  • Pay the Application Fee.
  • Application Deadlines:  November 15 – Clinical; December 1 – Experimental
  • Upon completion of the application, you will receive your Campus Wide Identification (CWID) number. It is VERY important that you keep this number somewhere safe.


  • Complete a statement of purpose and upload. 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 more possible faculty mentors whose interests most closely match yours. There is no required length or format.
  • Upload your CV/Résumé.
  • Upload copies of transcripts from all previous colleges and universities you attended. Official transcripts are NOT required at time of application.
  • Upload copies of your GRE scores. Official scores are not required at time of admission; however, if you wish to indicate that scores be sent to The University of Alabama at the time of testing, the Institution code is 1830. The GRE General Test, which contains verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing sections, is required, and scores must be less than 5 years old. The GRE Advanced Psychology Test is recommended, particularly for the clinical program, but is not required.
  • You may upload documents at any time during the completion of the application.

 Prerequisites and minimum requirements

  • 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.
  • The minimum GRE score required for regular admission is 300 (verbal and quantitative combined); however, successful applicants typically exceed this minimum.
  • Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant may be considered for admission if he or she meets either the GPA requirement for regular admission (GPA of 3.0) or the entrance exam score requirement as outlined above.See Exceptions to Admissions Policy here. 
  • See admission statistics numbers for the past 10 years of Clinical admissions –2019-20 AdmissionsandOutcomeData

Letters of Recommendation

  • 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 recommendation form.
  • Letters of recommendation may be submitted online through the Graduate School application portal, mailed directly to the department by the letter writer, or mailed to the department 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
    Box 870348
    The University of Alabama
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348
  • Please give letter writers accurate information about where to mail the letters and the deadline date. Letters must be received by December 1 for clinical and December 15 for experimental to ensure full consideration. For those letter writers who prefer to use postal mail, 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.

 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.
  • Note: The department processes applications only after all materials listed above (with the exception of letters of recommendation) have been received.
  • If the status of your application is “Grad Review” or “Referred,” then your application is complete, with the possible exception of letters of recommendation, and is being processed and/or reviewed in the department.
  • If the status of your application is “Grad Review” or “Referred,” then your application is complete, with the possible exception of letters of recommendation, and is being processed and/or reviewed in the department.
  • Please do not contact the Program Assistant about the status of your application.
  • If you have not received an offer of admission by March 15, if it unlikely that you will be admitted.


  • Interviews for the Clinical and Experimental Programs are scheduled for the following dates:
    • January 24, 2020  – Child and Psychology and Law
    • January 31, 2020 – Experimental (Cognitive, Developmental, and Social)
    • February 7, 2020 – Health and Geropsychology
  • We may begin extending invitations to interview as early as mid-December for Clinical applicants. You will be contacted by phone and/or email if we wish to interview you.
  • If you have not received an invitation to interview by 2 weeks before the interview date, it is unlikely that you will be interviewed.
  • Please do not contact the Program Assistant to inquire about your interview status.