Graduate Programs in Psychology
Brandeis University's Department of Psychology offers the degree in general psychology and the PhD in Brain, Body, and Behavior Across the Lifespan. Our active and collegial department emphasizes a rigorous, scientific approach to the understanding of human behavior. Read more about our programs on the department's website. Application instructions can be found below.
How to Apply
PhD: December 1; The Department of Psychology requires all application materials to be submitted by December 1 including letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts in order for your application to be given consideration. Please plan to submit your application far enough in advance to ensure that all your supporting materials will be attached to your application prior to the deadline.
MA: Rolling through May 15; review of applications will begin February 1.
To apply for the program, you need to submit:
Transcripts from all universities and colleges attended must be uploaded to your application; do not mail official transcripts to our office. For more information, visit Frequently Asked Questions.
Three letters of recommendation, submitted online
A curriculum vitae (CV) or resumé
A statement of purpose indicating your reasons for undertaking graduate study. In addition, please describe your qualifications for the psychology program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants to the doctoral program should outline their research interests and how they would complement those of the faculty. Applicants to the master's program should discuss their academic and professional career plans and how the Graduate School can help them attain these goals.
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is required. The GRE subject test is recommended, but not required. Our GRE institution code is 3092 (please note: this institution code only applies to GRE scores). MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted.
Additional Requirements for International Applicants: English language proficiency scores (IELTS Academic, PTE, or TOEFL). IELTS TRF numbers can be entered directly into the application. MyBest™ scores from ETS will not be accepted; the TOEFL code for GSAS is 3261. PTE scores need to be delivered through Pearson testing. Further information about this requirement can be found on the International Students page.
For a more comprehensive description of application requirements, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.