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:

  • An online application

  • An application fee of $75. See link for fee waiver eligibility information.

  • 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: The online application form will prompt the candidate to submit the names and contact information for recommenders, who will be sent a link to upload their letters of recommendation

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)

  • A statement of purpose (~3 pages): Please describe your qualifications for the psychology program and your objectives in undertaking this program. Applicants should outline their research interests and experience, and how they would complement those of the faculty. Statements should identify potential advisors. 

  • Supplemental essay (Optional but strongly encouraged, 250 words max): Brandeis was established in 1948 to address antisemitism, racism, and gender discrimination in higher education, and today the university remains dedicated to its founding values of inclusivity and justice. How has your educational or professional experience shaped your perspective on these values?

Standardized tests (Optional): Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test is optional. If you choose to submit GRE scores, our GRE institution code is 3092.

  • International applicants: A  minimum online TOEFL score of 100 is required. Our TOEFL institution code is 3261. For alternative test version minimum scores see International applicants link above.

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.

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