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Graduate Program

Please visit our Ph.D. KU Catalog pages for complete information: Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Catalog - Admissions

We offer a single doctoral degree which may be earned in one of the following programs: clinical, cognitive, developmental, quantitative, or social psychology. Students admitted to one of these 5 programs enter with the expectation of continuing graduate study through the Ph.D. as the department does not admit terminal master's students.

A 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.

Please view our Doctoral Program Profile which includes data on faculty, enrollment, admissions, financial support, the number of degrees completed and postdoctoral plans.

Application Process

The final deadline is December 1st for all application materials including recommendation letters. All supporting materials need to be uploaded with the online application.

Admission to our doctoral program is extremely competitive. Your application will not be considered if all materials are not received by December 1st.

Please direct any specific questions about our psychology graduate admissions process to:

Kirsten Hermreck
Graduate Academic Advisor

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Applicants must attach a scanned version of the official transcript from their undergraduate institution, as well as a scanned version of the official transcripts from any post-Bachelor institution. If an applicant is admitted they will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification. In order for transcripts to be considered official, they must be sent directly from the institution, KU does not consider transcripts that come from applicants or that have been in the applicant's possession as official. Transcripts that are in a language other than English must be accompanied with English translations.

Official transcripts can be sent to:

University of Kansas
Office of Graduate Studies
1450 Jayhawk Blvd, 313 Strong Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Attn: GAPC

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