Before you apply
Due to the mentor model of the graduate program we strongly encourage prospective students to carefully review each of the program faculty's profiles, becoming familiar with their research, and contacting via email those faculty with whom they wish to train. In addition, we encourge all prospective students to carefully review the Cognitive and Brain Sciences handbook that explicitly lays out the specific requirements of the program: LINK HERE
How to Apply
Applicants should submit a resume and a statement of goals and interests. A completed application file must contain transcripts of all course work, 3 letters of recommendation, and scores on the General GRE. Transcripts, GRE scores, and Graduate School applications must be submitted directly to the Graduate School. The Graduate School application is available on the Graduate School Website. The letters of recommendation, and the Program Preference Form must be sent directly to the Psychology Department. The application deadline for Fall 2019 is December 15: APPLY HERE
In order to qualify for admission, a candidate must have earned a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution. Those who hold a Master´s Degree in Psychology may apply up to 24 credits towards the Ph.D. degree. An undergraduate major in Psychology is not required for admission, although a minimum of 18 credits (or equivalent) of undergraduate course work in psychology is required, including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in experimental research. Course work in related disciplines may be used to satisfy these requirements or may be acceptable transfer credits from a prior Master´s Degree program. In either case, exceptions require approval of the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program Faculty.
For International Students, a test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 is required for admission to the Graduate School. Students who have achieved a TOEFL score of 600 or higher are exempt from Intensive English Language Center evaluation. A TOEFL score of 550 or higher is the minimum necessary for a student to be approved for a teaching assistantship. TOEFL scores are not required for international students who have received a baccalaureate or advanced degree from an accredited university or college in the United States.
Admission to the Program
An average of 5 students are admitted each year. The program considers a number of factors in selecting applicants including academic and research potential and the degree to which an applicant’s research interests complement those of the faculty. The program faculty, with the approval of the Department Chair, reserve the right to determine which students are accepted for graduate study and to set higher admission standards than the minimum requirements set by the Graduate School. Following admission, decisions about funding for research and teaching will be finalized.