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 all concentrations:
- Clinical (CLG)
- Clinical-Community dual-enrollment (CLC)
- Clinical-NBN dual-enrollment (CLN)
- Cognitive Sciences (CGS)
- Community (COR)
- Developmental (DEV)
- Neuropsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience (NBN)
- Community-Public Health Dual Degree (MPH/PhD)
Applications for all of the above programs and concentrations are administered by the Office of Admissions – Graduate Programs. All details regarding the application process can be found at graduate.gsu.edu/how-to-apply/
Note: Applicants for the Community-Public Health Dual Degree are not required to submit separate applications through this process and the School of Public Health’s process using the SOPHAS system. However, applicants may choose to submit a SOPHAS application if they wish to be considered separately for the MPH or the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Health (http://publichealth.gsu.edu/academics-student-life/apply/).
The Clinical Psychology Program’s two on campus interview days will be held Feb 7th and 9th, 2018.
These interview dates are for all Clinical applicants, including those applying to the general Clinical (CLG), Clinical-Community (CLC), or Clinicial-Neuropsychology (CLN) concentrations. Because interviewees will be asked to attend one of the two interview days, applicants should reserve both days.
Apply for Graduate Study
- Begin the application process well before the deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all material is received by the Office Admissions – Graduate Programs 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.
- Apply online and do not submit any documentation (e.g., duplicate application) 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 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.
- 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 [email protected]. 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 [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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