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. Applicants 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 application 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.

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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). 


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