We offer a single doctoral degree which may be earned in one of the following programs: Clinical Psychology, Social Psychology, or our newly created program, Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science (this new program combines our Cognitive, Quantitative, and Developmental Psychology programs). 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, 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 email@example.com.
The application for Fall 2019 is closed.
Application for Fall 2020 admission will open on August 1, 2019.
Our application deadline for Fall 2019 admissions is December 1st, 2018. 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.
- Statement of Purpose
- Three letters of recommendation (please use KU's online letter of recommendation system when you apply)
- List of awards received
- 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.
- 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.
Please direct any specific questions about our admissions process to:
Graduate Academic Advisor