Application Frequently Asked Questions

  • All programs are full-time on the Storrs campus. Students are expected to work full-time toward their degree except for assignments related to their coursework such as assistantships or internships. Courses are not offered online or at regional campuses.

 

  • No program formally offers a terminal Master’s degree. All of our psychology graduate programs are full-time Ph.D. programs, most of which incorporate the Master’s degree as a part of the program. Only on rare occasions will faculty accommodate students with exceptional circumstances and allow them to pursue a terminal Master’s degree.

 

  • Not required to obtain a Master’s degree before applying. We do accept applicants who have a Master’s degree prior to applying for the PhD program, however it is not required. We also accept those who do not have a Master’s degree because it is a part of our PhD program. The preference of this is under the division’s discretion. Please contact the division head of your program of interest to inquire about this further.

 

  • Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in psychology. It is highly recommended to have at least five psychology courses (Stats, General Psychology, Experimental Psychology, etc.). However, to the degree of which this is importantĀ is under the division’s discretion, please contact the division head of your program of interest to inquire about this further.

 

  • Decisions are usually made by April 1st. Once a decision has been made by the Psychology Department and approved by the Graduate School Admissions office, the applicant will receive an email asking them to log in to the online application system to view the decision on their application.

 

  • We do not refuse applications that are not complete at the deadline. If GRE scores, transcripts, or letters of recommendation are received after the deadline they will be included in the application when they are received. Although late documents will be accepted, please be aware that space is limited in the graduate programs, therefore any significant delay in submitting application materials could affect your chances of being admitted. Individual admissions committees will decide when to review incomplete applications. Committees may begin reviewing applications any time after the application deadline passes. If the application is reviewed prior to receipt of missing items, the application may not receive a second review once missing items are received.

 

  • Our department does not have a formal”cut-off” score for the GRE. The faculty carefully review all aspects of each admission file (i.e., GPA, GRE, recommendation letters, personal statement, supplementary information, etc.).

 

  • Interviews:
    • The Clinical Division will formally interview their top candidates, usually in mid-March. Clinical faculty will contact interview candidates via phone or email to offer an interview, typically in late December or January.
    • Other programs may schedule visits for applicants they are interested in admitting, or for students who have been admitted, however they do not have a formal interview process.
    • Applicants are welcome to visit the department at any time and may contact individual faculty or the program Division Heads to see if they would be able to meet with them, however a personal interview with a faculty member cannot be guaranteed until the applicant has been admitted.

 

  • It is up to the applicant to verify that all materials have been received and that the application is complete. Application status and the status of individual documents can be viewed through the online application system. For questions related to receipt of the application fee, transcripts, residence affidavit, and/or test scores please contact the Graduate School Admissions Office (gradadmissions@uconn.edu or 1-860-486-3617); for questions related to receipt of recommendations or other supporting documents please contact the Psychology Department at psychgrad@uconn.edu (preferred) or 1-860-486-4725.

 

  • Prospective applicants who have not been admitted to a degree program at this University may take courses as a non-degree student although this will not guarantee admission at a later date. For more information on registering as a non-degree student, please contact the Office of the Registrar.