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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. Although most applicants have majored in psychology as undergraduates, this is not required. It is necessary, however, to have earned 15 credit hours in psychology or a related field, including a first course in statistics and a course in experimental psychology or psychological research methods. Please view our Doctoral Program Profile which includes data on faculty, enrollment, admissions, financial support, the number of degrees completed and postdoctoral plans.

Please note, a separate clinical child psychology training program has been developed for doctoral students in an interdepartmental program with the Department of Applied Behavioral Science. Those interested in applying to the Clinical Child Graduate program, click here or email Lauren Bias, Clinical Child graduate administrative associate, at lbias@ku.edu

Application Process

The Fall 2020 application is now closed. The Fall 2021 application will open August 1, 2020.

We do not admit students during the spring or summer semester. Because admissions to our doctoral program is extremely competitive, it is important that all materials and supporting documents are received no later than December 1st to guarantee consideration for admissions.

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:

  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores (KU's institutional code is 6871). The GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required.
  • 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:

Graduate Admissions

313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS

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

Kirsten Hermreck
Graduate Academic Advisor
kahermreck@ku.edu | 785-864-4195


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