The department offers two graduate degrees: the Ph.D. in Psychology, with tracks in Clinical Psychology, Industrial-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.
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 Industrial-Organizational program. Optional for applications to the Clinical and Behavioral and Brain Sciences programs. Use institution code 5813 when submitting official scores. Policy updated September 8, 2022.
- 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.
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.
We prefer to receive electronic documents. However, paper application materials may be mailed to:
Dr. Malissa Clark
Department of Psychology
The University of Georgia
Athens GA 30602-3013
UGA Graduate School Recruitment Events (Updated 9/8/2022)
The Graduate School’s Office of Recruitment and Diversity Initiatives will host the following workshops for prospective applicants. More information and registration links will be posted to the Graduate School's website closer to the event. Questions about these workshops: contact Narke Norton .
Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA (Virtual)
- The Graduate School hosts this event for all undergraduate juniors, seniors, and alumni with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The event will include workshops on the application and admissions process, the benefits of earning a graduate degree, a graduate student panel, and a discussion on how to fund your graduate education. Exploring Graduate Education @ UGA (virtual) will be held Tuesday, September 27, at 5:30 PM. Register here.
Preparing Diverse Populations for Graduate Admissions
- This workshop provides helpful information for juniors, seniors, and alumni who are considering graduate school. Topics will include finding your graduate program, advice on graduate admissions exams, the application process, types of funding available, and how students can better prepare themselves for their graduate education journey. Preparing Diverse Populations for Graduate Admissions will be held on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 3:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Register here.