Please be sure that each part of your application is complete and sent to the appropriate office before the deadline. We can consider your application for admission only after it is complete. Thus, failure to follow the procedures below will result in a delay in the consideration 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 2021.
  • 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 and 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.
  • GRE scores are not required for 2021 fall admissions.
  • 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.
  • 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 should be submitted online through the Graduate School application portal. You may enter your letter writers’ information when completing your application
  •  Letters must be received by December 1 to ensure full consideration. Should your letter writers have problems submitting letters through the application portal, please contact the program assistant, Mary Beth Hubbard.

 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.
  • 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 29, 2021 – Child and Psychology and Law
    • February 5, 2021 – Experimental (Cognitive, Developmental, and Social)
    • February 12, 2021 – Health and Geropsychology
  • We may begin extending invitations to interview as early as mid-December . 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.