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How to Apply to Our Graduate Programs

The department offers two graduate degrees: the Ph.D. in Psychology, with tracks in Clinical PsychologyIndustrial-Organizational Psychology and Behavioral and Brain Sciences (concentrations in: Developmental, Health Psychology, Neuroscience, Social-Personality, and Vision Sciences); and the M.A. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, or I/O Professional Master’s Program. 

This webpage provides instruction for applying to the Ph.D. in Psychology.

  • Applicants to the MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Gwinnett should visit the IOMP website for admissions and application information.
***No Clinical program faculty will be externally recruiting applicants for Fall 2022 admission to the Clinical Psychology program (updated 9/10/2021)***


Our doctoral programs have different application deadlines.  All required materials must be received by your intended program’s deadline in order for your application to receive full consideration. Applicants are admitted for the fall semester only. Deadlines are for consideration for admission for the following fall.

Clinical deadline:  NOVEMBER 15  

Industrial-Organizational deadline:  DECEMBER 1

Behavioral and Brain Sciences deadline: DECEMBER 1

How to Apply

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Psychology must submit all of the following items in order to receive full consideration:

  • UGA Graduate School application and application fee.
    • Select Athens Campus and Doctoral Degree Level. Select PhD, Psychology (PHD_PSCH). Select an intended area of emphasis -- Industrial-Organizational Psychology, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, or Clinical Psychology. 
  • In the Graduate School application, you will be asked to provide:
    • Transcripts (unofficial) from each institution of higher education attended. Please see the Graduate School's instructions for submitting transcripts.
    • GRE scores (general test). Required for applications to the Clinical and Industrial-Organizational programs.  Optional for applications to the Behavioral and Brain Sciences program. Use institution code 5813 when submitting official scores.  Policy updated July 1, 2021.   
    • Three letters of recommendation. List the names and e-mail addresses of three references within the Graduate School application. References will receive a link to access a secure page where they can submit recommendations electronically.
    • Curriculum Vitae. A summary of educational background and relevant experience.  
    • Statement of Purpose. Submit a 500-1000 word statement that addresses your academic and professional goals, your perceived fit with the program and faculty of interest, and describes the experiences that have prepared you for graduate study (including, as relevant for your area of interest: research, teaching or mentoring, experience with diversity and inclusion, clinically relevant experience).
    • Optional items — copy of thesis, paper presentations, publications or other evidence of scholarly or professional work — may be uploaded in the application portal.
  • Psychology Department supplemental application. Please use the appropriate link below to complete the supplemental application for your program. This short survey asks about educational background, prospective faculty mentors of interest, and other relevant information.

Behavioral and Brain Sciences Supplemental Application

Clinical Supplemental Application  

Industrial-Organizational Supplemental Application

UGA Graduate School Recruitment Events (Updated 9/7/21)

Preparing Diverse Populations for Graduate Admissions 
  • The Graduate School is hosting a program to assist historically underrepresented and first-gen students to plan and prepare for the graduate school application cycle.  Preparing Diverse Populations for Graduate Admissions will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 and will be a half-day program with refreshments and lunch included. The event will cover the graduate school application process, how to fund your graduate education, and how to prepare for the GRE exam. Attached is the flier.
  • Registration information
Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA (In-Person and Virtual) 
  • The Graduate School will also host two Exploring Graduate Education (EGE) @ UGA events for all undergraduate juniors, seniors, and alumni with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The event will include workshops on the application process, the benefits of earning a graduate degree, a current graduate student panel, and a discussion on how to fund your graduate education.
  • Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA (in-person):  Tuesday, October 5th at 5:30pm
  • Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA (virtual):  Tuesday, October 12th at 5:30pm 


International applicants are usually required to take the TOEFL or IELTS and may have additional application requirements from the Graduate School. Please visit the Graduate School's Supplemental Information for International Applicants.

Application fee waivers are available to applicants participating in certain programs. See this Graduate School page for more information.

Click here for more Graduate School admissions information.

We prefer to receive electronic documents. However, paper application materials may be mailed to:

Dr. Malissa Clark
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Psychology
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-3013

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