How to Apply

The Department of Psychology offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program, which provides students with breadth of training in psychology and in depth study in specialized areas. Qualified students are accepted into the Ph.D. program after their completion of either a baccalaureate degree or a master’s degree. Interested applicants should select to join a specific program. All students who are admitted for graduate study will begin in the subsequent fall semester.

Application deadline is December 1 for:

  • Clinical (CLG)
  • Clinical-Community dual-enrollment (CLC)
  • Clinical-NBN dual-enrollment (CLN)
  • Cognitive Sciences (CGS)
  • Community (COR)
  • Developmental (DEV)
  • Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (NBN)

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Interview Days

The Clinical Psychology Program’s two on campus interview days will be held Feb 8th and 10th, 2017.

These interview dates are for applicants to the general Clinical program (CLG) as well as applicants interested in dual-enrollment in Clinical-Community (CLC) or Clinicial-Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience (CLN) programs. Because interviewees will be asked to attend one of the two interview days, applicants should reserve both days.

Apply for Graduate Study

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  1. Begin the application process well before the deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all material is received by the Office of Graduate Services, College of Arts and Sciences, by the deadline. It is especially important to request GRE and transcripts well in advance of the deadline (e.g., it is not enough to take the GRE before the deadline, you must take it well enough in advance that GRE scores are received by the deadline – which take several weeks). See ‘Psychology >> PHD’ on this page for a full list of application requirements. Incomplete applications are not reviewed.
  2. Apply online and do not submit any documentation (e.g., duplicate application) directly to the Department of Psychology.
  3. Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of four courses. Two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods are required. Two additional junior- or senior-level psychology content courses are also required. The Clinical program recommends a course in abnormal psychology or psychopathology as one of the content courses. An introductory psychology course cannot be counted as one of the four required courses.
  4. No single predictor is used to accept or reject an applicant. However, when one factor, such as a GRE score, is below average, other factors should be well above average. See  Student Admissions, Outcome, and Other Data for information about the number of applicants, the number accepted, their average GPA and GRE scores, etc. Previous research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community Programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.

If you have additional questions about Psychology graduate admissions, please email psycadmissions@gsu.edu. Dr. Lindsey Cohen, Director of Graduate Studies, and Ms. Kristy Hill, Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies, oversee admissions within Psychology. If you have questions regarding the online application process and/or the submission of application materials, please contact Mariam Qureshi, Academic Advisor in the Office of Graduate Services, at 404-413-5042 or by email at mqureshi@gsu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

We do not offer a terminal Master’s Program. Students are only admitted into the Ph.D. program. Student do receive a master's en route to the Ph.D.
Regardless of whether a student is coming directly from an undergraduate program or moving from another graduate level program, all applicants must complete the same application. For those students who have obtained a Master’s degree from another university, after being offered and accepting admission to the Department of Psychology, the student may petition the department’s Graduate Director to review graduate level courses for course waivers. Students who have completed an MA thesis at another university may also petition the committee to waive the department’s MA thesis requirement.
The Psychology Department requires that all applicants take and submit scores from the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). The Advanced Psychology-or subject test—of the GRE is not required. The department does not require a mandatory minimum score on this exam. ETS keeps GRE scores for five years; thus if you took the GRE more than five years ago, you will need to take it again. Remember, be sure to request GRE scores early enough to meet the application deadline. Our institutional code is 5251.
No. All materials should be submitted via the online application system. For those applicants who do  need to mail in items, these should be mailed to the “Office of Graduate Studies” for the College of Arts & Sciences. The address for this office is http://cas.gsu.edu/graduate-studies/admissions/. No materials at all should be sent directly to the Department of Psychology.
Although an undergraduate major in psychology is not required, applicants are expected to have a background in psychology that includes a minimum of four courses. Two courses that cover psychological statistics and research methods, including a laboratory, are required. Two additional junior- or senior-level content courses are also required. The Clinical program recommends a course in abnormal psychology or psychopathology as one of the content courses. An introductory psychology course cannot be counted as one of the four required courses.
This program requires a full-time commitment. No night or online courses are offered. It is not possible to participate in our program on a part-time basis. This is generally a more than full time commitment which includes coursework, lab work, participation in seminars and lab meetings as well as the 20 hours /week/12 month paid appointment as a Teaching or Research Assistant.
All students are offered a monthly stipend during their first 4 years of graduate school, as long as they remain in good standing with the department (i.e., maintaining the required GPA and meeting departmental responsibilities). The level of support for incoming students is determined when they are accepted; no separate financial application procedure is required. All support includes a tuition waiver. Beginning students may also make application to the University's Office of Financial Aid (telephone 404-413-2400) for non-departmental sources of aid, such as loans and University-provided scholarships.

  • College of Arts and Sciences Application for Graduate Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences Residency Information
  • Department of Psychology Supplemental Form & Essays
  • One (1) Official Transcript from all Colleges or Universities ever attended
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • $50 application processing fee
The letters of recommendation may be written by anyone you choose. Applicants may desire to choose someone who can speak to their academic or research skills.
No single predictor is used to accept or reject an applicant. However, when one factor, such as a GRE score, is below average, other factors should be well above average. Previous research experience and, in the case of the Clinical and Community Programs, relevant applied experience are evaluated favorably in the admission process.
Time to completion depends heavily on the progression of the individual student. Please visit the department’s 'Student Admissions, Outcome, and Other Data' page to view the “Median Yrs. To Graduation” for past students
Students can receive advisement via email (psycadmissions@gsu.edu). Advisement is NOT conducted in person.
The departmental supplemental form is a part of the online application and completed within the same online system.