Students enter the department with the expectation of earning the Ph.D. The department does not admit students seeking the terminal master’s degree. Applicants must have earned either the bachelor’s degree or the master’s degree. 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, including a first course in statistics and a course in experimental psychology or psychological research methods.
Our application deadline for Fall 2020 admission is December 1st, 2019. We do not admit students during the spring or summer semester. Because admission 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 admission.
Required Application Materials:
- 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) scores (KU's institutional code is 6871)
- 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:
313 Strong Hall
1450 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7535
Non-native Eglish 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.
Graduate Academic Advisor