How to Apply

Graduate admissions

We strive to promote interdisciplinary learning through the application of cutting-edge discoveries and to train the next generation of scientists.

To apply to our research-oriented Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences you must complete the University Graduate School online application. Within that application, there will be a link to the  supplemental departmental application called “Departmental Questions.” You must complete both the application and the question form.

Note: We do not offer a degree in counseling, nor do we admit students to a master’s degree program. If you are interested in counseling or educational psychology, please contact the School of Education.

Complete the Graduate School application

Important dates + deadlines

Application deadline: December 1 for both domestic and international students.

We accept applications for fall admissions only. We do not admit students in the spring.

Selected applicants will be invited on campus for a department-wide interview visit: February 21-23, 2019. While these dates are preferred, other dates can be arranged if necessary.

If offered admission, you will have until April 15 to notify us of your decision.

Applying to more than one department

If you are applying to the Cognitive Science Program or the Program in Neuroscience in addition to the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, you only need to pay the application fee once, as these programs are within the College of Arts and Sciences; however, you will need to complete a separate application.

  • The system will only charge you for one application if you have indicated your intent to apply to more than one program within the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Program in Neuroscience will share your supporting materials when necessary.
  • International students must submit two original sets of supporting documentation to the Office of International Admissions.
Note: If you are applying to the Program in Neuroscience and plan to work with a faculty member affiliated with the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, you MUST also apply for the Ph.D. program in Psychology. Continued support is contingent on making satisfactory progress towards the degree in Psychology.