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Graduate Admission

We offer a single doctoral degree which may be earned in one of the following programs: Clinical PsychologySocial Psychology, or Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science. Students admitted to one of these programs enter with the expectation of continuing graduate study through the Ph.D. as the department does not admit terminal master's students. Please view our Doctoral Program Profile which includes data on faculty, enrollment, admissions, financial support, the number of degrees completed and postdoctoral plans.

A separate clinical child psychology training program has been developed for doctoral students in an interdepartmental program with the Department of Applied Behavioral Science. If you are interested in applying to the Clinical Child Psychology Program please view their admissions page. Please direct any questions to Lauren Bias.

Application Process

Minimum Requirements and Prerequisites

In addition to the university requirements for admission, the department also has the following prerequisite for graduate admission:

  • An bachelor's or master's degree in the field of study or related field OR at least 15 credit hours in psychology or related field, including a first course in statistics and a course in experimental psychology or psychological research methods

Application Deadline

The Application Cycle for Admission in 2022 has CLOSED. Please check our website in Summer 2022 for updates on Fall 2023 Admission.

Required Materials:

  • Resume/Vita
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation (please use KU's online letter of recommendation system when you apply)
  • List of psychology courses taken and grades received

In addition to materials submitted online, applicants must also provide:

  • Transcripts from all institutions from which a degree was obtained, or any institutions attended post-bachelors. Copies of official transcripts that you have opened may be uploaded to the application online and used for admissions consideration. If you are admitted, sealed, or official electronic transcripts showing degree conferral, if applicable, must be provided by the end of your first semester at KU. Send official, sealed transcripts to:

KU Visitor Center

1502 Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66045
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English proficiency before gaining admission to a graduate program. More information can be found on KU's Graduate Studies English Proficiency Requirements for Graduate Admissions policy page. Please send TOEFL and IELTS scores to KU Institution Code 6871.

Please direct any specific questions about our application and admission process to:

Katie Williams
Graduate Academic Advisor
kfwilliams@ku.edu | 785-864-1986


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