Application Requirements

Admission to the Psychology PhD programs is competitive; applications are often reviewed in comparison with the entire applicant pool. Students are evaluated in terms of their research potential and must identify a potential research advisor (preferred advisor) in the application system.

The following materials are required*:

*Full requirement details can be found in the Psychological Sciences Department Admissions Brochure

Application Process

Please note that the application deadlines have changed for Fall 2018 admission. Please see Application Deadlines for new, earlier application deadlines.

After reviewing both the Psychological Sciences Department Admissions Brochure and the Graduate School admissions information :

  1. Assemble your application materials for the online application system:
    • Personal statement
    • GRE scores (unofficial copies)
    • TOEFL/IELTS scores (non-native English speakers only; unofficial copies)
    • Unofficial copies of all college/university transcripts (and/or marksheets/degree certificates for international institutions)
    • Contact information for three recommenders
    • Resume (optional)
    • Writing Samples (optional)
  1. Complete the online application to the Graduate School
  1. Request official test scores (GRE and TOEFL/IELTS (if required)) be sent to UCONN from ETS
  1. Mail official transcripts * (including any required marksheets/degree certificates for international institutions) for all colleges / universities attended to:

University of Connecticut
Graduate Admissions Office
438 Whitney Road Ext., Unit 1152
Storrs, CT 06269-1152

* Note: Please see the admissions brochure for details on when official transcripts need to be submitted, the timing is different for US institutions and international institutions.

Please Note:

  • 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.
  • We do not refuse applications that are not complete at the deadline, however a significant delay in submitting application materials could affect your chances of being admitted. 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.
  • Interviews: The Clinical Division will formally interview their top candidates, usually in early-March; 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.
  • All programs are full-time on the Storrs campus; Courses are not offered online or at regional campuses.
  • No program formally offers a Terminal Master’s Degree
  • 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 information on registering as a non-degree student, please contact the University of Connecticut Office of the Registrar: phone: 860-486-3331; email: registrar@uconn.edu; website: http://nondegree.uconn.edu.
  • Decisions are usually made by April 1; the Graduate School must approve all decisions made by the department; Applicants will be notified of the official decision via the online application system. (An email will be sent through the online system requesting that the applicant log in to the system to view the decision).
  • Applicants are not required to have an undergraduate degree in Psychology however basic undergraduate-level courses in statistics, general psychology, and experimental psychology are recommended.

Contact Information for Questions

For questions related to the online application system, transcripts, fee waivers, TOEFL/IELTS waivers, or Graduate School admission requirements you may contact the Graduate School by phone: 860-486-3617 or gradadmissions@uconn.edu .

For questions related to Psychology Department admission or program requirements you may contact the Psychology Department by email: psychgrad@uconn.edu (preferred) or by phone: 860-486-4725.