The priority deadline for admission is January 1; applications submitted later may be considered until the incoming class is full. (Please contact us if you are considering applying after January 1.) Completed applications include a personal statement, resume, academic writing sample (e.g., honors thesis, seminar paper), transcripts, letters of recommendation and Graduate Record Examination scores (General Test). We do not require a minimum GRE score; instead, the application is considered as a whole. Excellent test scores are, however, very advantageous. A baccalaureate degree is required. Desirable experience includes laboratory research experience, laboratory courses in psychology and allied sciences, as well as courses in mathematics. For information about application process and required admissions materials please contact the Graduate Admissions office.
As part of the online application process, applicants will be asked to indicate their primary area(s) of interest (up to two) from the following list: behavioral neuroscience, cognition, perception, or personality/social. In addition, they will be asked to select the faculty mentors (up to three) they would be most interested in working with. For information about the research areas, as well as individual faculty research interests, see Research Overview section of our website. Applicants should also indicate clearly in the personal statement why they are applying to the PhD program.
Inquiries made directly to potential faculty mentors via e-mail are welcome, as these aid greatly in establishing the suitability of the applicant’s background and the match between faculty and student interests. After applications have been reviewed, the department hosts an Interview Weekend to which the most promising applicants are invited, and admissions decisions are made shortly thereafter.
The PhD program is full-time, with a 12-month stipend offered to all students in the program each year. In addition, all tuition charges are waived and individual health insurance is covered. All students serve as both research and teaching assistants.
For additional information about how to apply and an outline of the application requirements, visit the College of Science website.
Questions about the PhD program can be addressed to:
Dr. Judith Hall
Director of Graduate Studies