How to Apply

Graduate training at IU

To train the next generation of scientists, our graduate program utilizes interdisciplinary learning environments and research opportunities to tailor-fit students’ individual graduate career goals. We are a mentor-based graduate program. This means that tenure-track faculty in our department serve as hands-on academic and research mentors throughout our graduate students’ careers.

Upon being admitted to our program, each new graduate student is assigned a faculty mentor/advisor to help with the transition to graduate school. Once on campus, graduate students work predominantly in their faculty advisors’ labs where the faculty members guide and support their academic and research careers.

Click here to apply to the research-oriented Ph.D. program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University-Bloomington: Indiana University Graduate CAS application.

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.

Application portal for Fall 2024 admissions is open from September 1, 2023 – December 1, 2023.

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 for a department-wide interview in  January 2024. 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.

Questions about applying to Psychological & Brain Sciences?

Contact the PBS Graduate Program at (812) 855-4496 or