The PhD in Psychology is awarded by the Graduate College. Instruction is offered through the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Degrees are offered in Psychology with a subprogram in Clinical Psychology; the application process is identical except that only the subprogram in Clinical Psychology requires the GRE.
Applicants must meet the Admission Requirements of the Graduate College and the requirements of the department offering the degree program. See the department’s application page for additional information.
Estimated Cost of Attendance
Students admitted to the PhD program receive a stipend and a health insurance allowance in addition to full payment of tuition.
- Fall semester—Dec. 1
- Spring semester—not offered
- Summer session—not offered
The graduate application process has two steps
- You must first submit the online application to the Graduate College and pay the $60 application fee by credit card ($100 for international applicants).
- Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email instructing you on how to upload your supporting documents and submit letters of recommendation. A few programs require materials be sent directly to them. However, almost all supplemental material can and should be uploaded from your Admissions Profile in MyUI, our online service center for applicants and students. You can only access this AFTER you have submitted your application.
Degree Program Supplemental Materials
- Submit through the Admissions Profile in MyUI after submitting the application to the Graduate College and receiving your HawkID and password:
- Online Supplemental Data Form
- A personal statement (submitted via the online application)
The application requirement section of your Profile includes an electronic letter of recommendation feature. Provide the contact information of your recommenders including their email on your Admissions Profile. The recommender will then get an email giving them instructions on how to upload the recommendation letter and/or form.
- Three letters of recommendation
Materials to send to Admissions
- A set of your unofficial academic records/transcripts uploaded on your Admissions Profile. If you are admitted, official transcripts will be required before your enrollment. For international records, all records should bear the original stamp or seal of the institution and the signature of a school official. Documents not in English must be accompanied by a complete, literal, English translation, certified by the issuing institution.
- For applicants to Clinical Psychology only: Your official GRE scores from Educational Testing Service (the University's institutional code is 6681). All other applicants should not submit the GRE.
- International students may also be required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores to comply with the university's English Language Proficiency Requirements.
- Once recommended for admission, international students must send a Financial Statement.
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