How to Apply

The application deadline is December 1

Applicants should have a strong science background, typically including experience with hands-on empirical research and statistical analysis. Students are admitted on a competitive basis, which includes evaluation of previous academic records, research experience and match with perspective advisors, and recommendations.

The general requirements for admission to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences apply to candidates for admission to the Psychology PhD program.

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.

 To apply for the program, you need to submit:

Our applicant evaluation rubric (PDF)

In an effort to make our admissions process more transparent and equitable, we are sharing our applicant evaluation rubric with you. Please note that we use the rubric to evaluate candidates holistically, and  even competitive candidates may not score “high” in every category.

In writing your statement of purpose, we strongly encourage you to address each criterion where “statement” is listed as source of evidence, as well as providing context for any areas that result in a lower rating (e.g., explanation for lower grades). 

 Note for international applicants: applicants who do not have an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking country must meet the Brandeis English language proficiency exam score minimums. Applicants not meeting these minimums will NOT be considered for admission to the program.

What We Look For

What We Look For

Overall Academic Preparation

Sources: Transcript, For explanations of lower grades: Statement, letters

High

Medium

Low

•OR lacks relevant coursework

Research Experience/Potential

Sources: CV, Statement, Letters

High

Medium

Low

Quantitative Skills

Sources: Transcript, GRE (if reported), Letters (if address)

High

Medium

Low

Writing/Verbal Skills

Sources: Transcript, GRE (if reported), Statement, Letters (if address), First-author publication(s)

High

Medium

Low

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Contributions

Sources: Statement, Letters (if addressed), underrepresented identities (demographics form, statement)

High

Medium

Low

Research Interest and Career Goal Fit

Sources: Statement

High

Medium

Low